Political Leader of the People’s National Movement (PNM) Tobago Council, Tracy Davidson-Celestine, is nominated unopposed by PNM party groups to face the screening committee for the Lambeau/Signal Hill electoral district.
The district is considered a “safe seat” as it has always supported the PNM.
The party’s nomination process for candidates to represent each electoral district in the upcoming Tobago House of Assembly (THA) elections ended on Monday.
Forty-one persons will face the screening committee to represent the party in 12 electoral districts.
According to a list of names provided by the island council, notable faces like Kelvin Charles—former island council leader and Chief Secretary—are not part of the line-up. He represented the Black Rock/Whim/Spring Garden. Charles lost his island council post to Davidson-Celestine in the party’s internal elections in January 2020.
Hayden Spencer, who beat the Progressive Democratic Patriots’ candidate Dr. Faith B.Yisrael by five votes in the 2017 THA elections, also is absent from the list.
In the Scarborough/ Calder Hall district, the two candidates—Dr. Denise Tsoiafatt-Angus and Marslyn Melville-Jack, who were strong contenders in 2017—will face the screening committee again. Melville-Jack got the committee’s nod the last time around.
In the Providence/Mason Hall/Moriah district, the incumbent Sheldon Cunningham will face off against Kwesi Des Vignes to represent the party.
There was a recent row between the gentlemen as Cunningham publicly accused Des Vignes of undermining him in the district. Des Vignes said he knew nothing of the claim. Cunningham subsequently walked back his statements.
Kern Johnson, who appeared before the screening committee to represent the party in the General Elections for Tobago East, also will face the committee for the Providence/Mason Hall/Moriah district.
In the Belle Garden /Goodwood district, party groups nominated eight candidates.
Here is the full list of potential candidates and the Electoral Districts they hope to represent:
|ELECTORAL DISTRICT||PROSPECTIVE CANDIDATES|
|Parlatuvier / Lanse Fourmi / Speyside||1. Rory Dillon |
2. Soren Nicholas Bishop
|Providence / Mason Hall / Moriah||1. Sheldon Cunningham |
2. Kwesi Desvignes
3. Dr. Kern Johnson
|Scarborough / Calder Hall||1. Marslyn Melville Jack |
2. Dr. Denise Tsoifatt Angus
|Bacolet / Mt. St. George||1. Joel Jack |
2. Charles Smith
|Belle-Garden / Goodwood||1. Boxhill Bailey |
2. Stephanie Washington John
3. Carl McEwen
4. Kenneth Puncheon Thomas
5. Juilet Pope
6. Sheridan Kirk
7. Ronnie Bacchus
8. Gizelle Davis
|Roxborough / Delaford||1. Venus Orr |
2. Nadine Stewart Phillips
3. Maxlon Roberts
4. Neil Beckles
|Lambeau / Signal Hill||1. Tracy Davidson Celestine|
|Black Rock / Whim / Spring Garden||1. Marlon Brizan |
2. Kelvon Morris
3. Learie Paul
|Canaan / Bon Accord||1. Clarence Jacob |
2. Jaiye Melville
3. Huey Newton Cadette
4. Dominque Kerr
|Plymouth / Golden Lane||1. Marisha Osmond |
2. Cecil Noel
3. Deon Isaac
4. Stephon Isaac
5. Melissa James Guy
|Bethel / Mt. Irvine||1. Shomari Hector |
2. Eliis Clarke
3. Navia McMillian Beckles
4. Ricardo Warner
|Buccoo / Mt. Pleasant||1. Ancil Dennis |
2. Keigon Denoon