Former Deputy Premier and Representative of the Seventh District, Dr. Kedrick Pickering, has announced that he will throw his hat in the ring as candidate for Territorial At-Large in the next general election.
dr Pickering made the announcement at his campaign launch Thursday night at The Stickett. He said people said his time in politics was up so he should give others a chance. And while the former lawmaker said that was a valid criticism, he said there was a downside.
“I’ve heard people say this country is in a difficult position and we need some experienced, knowledgeable people to guide us through these difficult times. And whichever way you look at it, there are merits on both sides of the debate and I stand here to tell you that since I said it here at 6 Pickering.
At his last policy announcement in April, Dr. Pickering is preparing to retake his seat as district representative, which was given to him in the last general election by Prime Minister Dr. wrested from Natalio Wheatley. However, the former District Seven representative said a lot has changed since then.
“I’m announcing tonight that I’ll be running as an at-large territory candidate in the next election, and ultimately I’m going to support someone in this district who is fresh and energetic and can address the issues in this district, but I know that I have the knowledge, experience and expertise to guide this country through its difficult problems. The issues we face with the UK, the issues we face in the regional and international world,” said Dr. pickering
“The issues we face in relation to the post-pandemic world. The issues that concern us in relation to climate change, whether you believe climate change exists or not. The storm that passed there over the weekend is now a Category Four hurricane, which is now approaching Bermuda and has devastated Turks and Caicos. Now another is brewing in the West. Believe it or not, these things are very real and we must do our part to help this country survive and get through these problems,” he added.
He urged those present to ignore what he described as “small talk,” adding that he still believes he can help his country. While the former deputy prime minister also announced that he plans to contest the elections with a group of people, he did not identify the group or political party.
“I’m going to support someone in the district, but that’s what I want to tell you tonight. Hear this loud and clear. When the election comes, you have your five votes. You can choose who you want in the district. Do that and I will support someone too. But I’m going to ask every single person in my community, every single person, if you like me, if you hate me, if you voted for me last time, if you want to see me in politics or not, I’m asking you for one Vote — one of your at-large votes in the next election, because I will be one of the four candidates who will try to serve this country as an at-large representative,” said Dr. pickering
“Some people from West End, East End, Virgin Gorda have told me they think I should consider managing At-Large because they think I have the ability to deal with the bigger issues, the issues good at articulating and helping Our country articulates these issues and I have thought about it and I am committed to making that happen. But I’ll ask you, every single person in my community, to vote for me when I get around to it, and I’ll stop by to ask for your vote when the time comes,” he added.
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