Horace Fisher, Gleaner Writer
MILK RIVER, Clarendon:
MINISTER OF Local Government and Community Development Noel Arscott has expressed confidence that the People's National Party (PNP) will take all four divisions in South West Clarendon in the March 26 local government elections.
"I am quite confident that we will retain the two seats that the PNP represents in the constituency (Carlton Bailey, Milk River division and Uphel Purcell, York Town division) and, of course, we will retake the other two divisions, (Toll Gate and Race Course) from the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP)," said Arscott on Monday.
"While we have done our work in the divisions, we are not taking anything for granted. We want to win all four South West seats and the parish overall," added Arscott, before joining a large throng of noisy PNP supporters for a post-nomination day tour of the constituency.
Bailey and Purcell, who both won their respective seats in 1998 are three-term councillors vying for a fourth consecutive term in their divisions. They are both confident of retaining their divisions for the PNP on March 26.
"I am pretty confident of winning the Milk River division, based on a number of things, including the last general election results. In that election; the PNP won the division by 601 votes, which I have set as my minimum margin of victory (601), plus I am a three-term, hard-working councillor. Therefore, my expectation is that I will retain the Milk River division without too much fuss," opined Bailey.
Purcell, who also won the York Town division in 1998 for the first time said, "Over the last four years the road network in York Town has been neglected and in need of urgent repairs, therefore, on my return to the council, I will be focusing a lot on repairing the badly run-down roads in York Town and will also regularise the Ebony Park settlement."