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We voted for the best candidate

Published:Sunday | April 1, 2012 | 12:00 AM

Lorrimers residents tell why they turned their backs on the JLP and the PNP

Ruddy Mathison, Gleaner Writer

The people of the Lorrimers division in Southern Trelawny sent a message to the People's National Party (PNP) and the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) last Monday when, for the first time, they elected an independent candidate to represent them at the local government level.

The overwhelming view expressed by voters in the division was that they did not see the benefits of continuing with their former JLP representative, Steve Warren, or the PNP's candidate Kevin Guy.

"He listens to us even if he is going about his business and a problem develops; he always finds the time stop, and tries to find solutions to the problems," said Baldwin Huie, a farmer of Lorrimers.

Huie was speaking of Paul Patmore, a businessman who was born in the area and has been taking on important projects that have benefited residents of the entire division.

Damian West and Barrington Smith, both farmers in the division, were very vocal about their support for the independent councillor.

They told The Sunday Gleaner that they voted for Patmore because "he is the best man that ever represent the area".

"He repaired roads and give us water that we didn't have for many years," stated Smith.