The Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) Eastern Hanover caretaker, Paula Kerr-Jarrett, yesterday resigned in order to focus on her family business, which, she says, will help in creating jobs for Jamaicans.
"I have been thinking about it for a very long time, and it will be difficult for me because I have forged a fantastic relationship with the people in Eastern Hanover," Kerr-Jarrett told The Gleaner in a telephone interview yesterday.
Kerr-Jarrett, who was the JLP caretaker for her constituency since 2011, said that her experience serving the people of Easter Hanover was a tremendous one.
"I have worked assiduously for the last couple of years with different scholarship funds, Christmas programmes, work programmes, and really listening to the challenges faced by the people. However, in the past year, my family business has expanded dramatically, and we are doing the tech park, and I am an intricate part of that, the whole organisation, and so I am finding it difficult to give the time I first committed to politics," Kerr-Jarrett said.
"I was short-changing the people by not being there at the critical time when they needed me and not being able to be in the constituency that often," she added.
Kerr-Jarrett said she would be leaving the constituency in good hands as she had the right team around her, and they are willing to keep up the work she started. She said Councillor for the Hopewell Division Devon Brown has her support to become the next JLP caretaker.