AS THE race for leadership of the 70-year-old Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) intensifies, both the incumbent leader and leader-aspirant yesterday announced new endorsements for their candidacies.
Former president of the JLP's young professional affiliate, Generation 2000 (G2K), Delano Seiveright made public his support for Audley Shaw's candidacy.
In an email this morning to supporters at a conference dubbed 'Youth for Audley Shaw', Seiveright said the youth support for Shaw is based on meritocracy. He said Shaw embodies the qualities and experience urgently required to transform the party.
Seiveright added that Shaw's service as a public servant, including his experience as minister of finance and as an opposition member of parliament for many years, position him as the best person to lead the JLP at this time.
According to Seiveright, Shaw's ability to re-energise the base of the party since announcing his candidacy is evidence of his communication and team-building skills. He said there is no viable alternative to Shaw at this time.
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Meanwhile, G2K vice-president, Simon Sangster, and general secretary, Lionel Myrie, have also announced their support for Shaw's candidacy.
Sangster said the party is in need of a leader "who is not afraid to take the necessary risks in the best interest of the country"; while Myrie said Shaw has the skills and experience to lead the party.
Meanwhile, Holness' camp announced that it has received the support of two prominent West Portland councillors, Floyd Patterson and Rupert Kelly. This is despite West Portland's MP Daryl Vaz declaring his support for Shaw.
Team Holness said it has also received the support of an overwhelming majority of councillors and councillor caretakers from St Mary, St Thomas, Portland, and St Catherine.
Meanwhile, G2K yesterday reiterated that it does not, and will not, endorse either candidate in the ongoing leadership race.
President of the organisation, Floyd Green, said "While we expect that our members will be actively involved in either campaign, their views and expressions of support are personal. G2K recognises and supports its members' right to campaign for the candidate they believe is best suited to lead the JLP."