Glenroy Sinclair, Assignment Coordinator
She was not the choice of the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) so Deborah 'Foxy Brown' Golding, the woman who mothered the children of Christopher 'Dudus' Coke's slain brother, Mark Anthony 'Jah T' Coke, has stepped forward to offer herself as an Independent candidate seeking to represent the people of Tivoli Gardens, West Kingston, in the upcoming local government elections.
"I believe I can win the seat," said a smiling Golding, whose first choice was to contest the election on a JLP ticket.
She was not chosen by the party despite completing interviews for the selection process.
The Vere Technical past student stressed that since the death of her children's father in February 1992, she has moved on with her life, pouring out her love to the people of the community, especially the needy.
"It is my community and I love the people. It was they who prompted me to enter into representational politics," Golding told The Gleaner.
"I want to reach out to the people and part of what I have been doing is offering counselling to the youths on the corner and teaching classes at my home for 12-year-olds and under," said Golding.
JLP stalwarts who spoke with The Gleaner said Golding could be among the first persons, who was affiliated with a prominent JLP activist in Tivoli Gardens, to later break tradition and oppose the party's candidate in an election.
She will be going up against the JLP's Donovan Roy Samuels and the People's National Party's Maria Eleanor Bobb.