Adrian Frater, News Editor
First-time councillor, 37-year-old Shernet Haughton was yesterday ushered in as the new mayor of Lucea at the first sitting of the newly constituted Hanover Parish Council.
"I am delighted to have been elevated to the position of mayor and I will be working very hard to justify the trust that has been placed in me," said Haughton, who won the Green Island division in Monday's local government elections.
"I have a lot of programmes to unveil in due time."
Haughton, a past student of Rusea's High School, said road repairs, a proper water-supply system and proper street-lighting would be among the areas to receive priority treatment. In the long-term, she will be looking to exploit the parish's tourism potential.
"The people believe in my ability to work, that is why they elected me as the councillor for Green Island," Haughton said. "Today, my peers have shown their faith in me by selecting me to serve as mayor."
Haughton, who is now the second woman, behind the late Zena Stanhope, to hold the position of mayor of Lucea, believes that with hard work and dedication, solid achievement will be the hallmark of her tenure.
"I am ready to work and I believe with the team I have, we will be successful," she said.
Haughton will have a lot of experienced hands to assist her. Fredricous Miller, her mentor, who served more than 20 years as councillor for Green Island, has pledged to help guide her. In addition, her deputy is Lloyd Hill, who was mayor in the last administration.
Ian Hayles, the PNP member of parliament for Western Hanover, said he hopes Haughton and her team will treat their responsibility seriously because, according to him, if they don't, they will have to answer to the people in the next local government elections.