Damion Young: Candle of hope for Manchester North West
Newcomer to the political landscape Damion Young will be challenging incumbent Mikael Phillips for the Manchester North West seat, and he is brimming with confidence about pulling off a win.
Young, who sees himself as a ‘candle of hope’ for the constituency, said he was spurred into representational politics because of his observations.
The 41-year-old said the gravity of poverty experienced in Manchester North West, especially by young people, propelled him into the ring.
“They complain about their neglect. They complain about the absence of social infrastructure such as football fields. They complain about opportunities to do business or for employment,” Young shared.
He said that he has also seen first-hand the neglect of the constituency with the low levels of opportunity for employment, which he says is next to nil.
NOT MUCH OPPORTUNITY
Young points out that apart from a few bars and shops, there is not much opportunity in the constituency.
“What happen to the cheese factory? There was one in the constituency which has long been shut up. The people need opportunity to eke out meaningful survival, and I come to light a candle of hope and bring to these people not just hope in words, but hope in action,” are the assurances given by Young.
With regard to the September 3 general election, Young said he has enough time to create an impact as he already has a head start based on the enthusiasm and support he has been receiving.
“My chances at this time are extremely bright. The people greet me with fervour and enthusiasm. Many have said they were waiting to see me come to them, and I have been talking to a lot of youths who are looking forward to the youth-oriented projects I’m looking to bring,” he shared with The Gleaner.
Dismissing his political opponent, Young said that residents from the constituency have expressed dissatisfaction in his performance as they say that in the last two terms he has been ‘sitting there’, they can only point out six to eight roads that he has repaired.
“The reality is that a lot more needs to be done in this constituency. One road per year is hardly anything. It is a drop in the bucket. I am looking to bring to bear on this constituency development strategic and coherent development each year.”
Young, who comes with a track record of youth development and youth initiatives as well as social activities that can transform communities, said that his track record at agencies where he has worked before such as the Jamaica Social Investment Fund and the Clarendon Municipal Corporation will speak for him.