St. Maarten News —The United St. Maarten Party (USP) has added four more candidates to the party to contest the upcoming elections that are slated for September 26, 2016 and was introduced to the public at the party headquarters on Friday. The new candidates, some of whom have worked for government for a number of years, felt that the time is now for them to play their part and serve the people of the island.
Party leader Frans Richardson said that the USP “is not only about putting people on the list but also guiding them in the way that the Parliament of St. Maarten and the government function.” He pointed out, that there is a need to educate our people and guiding the new candidates so that they will have an understanding of how to present legislation and how long it takes before it is presented on the floor of the Parliament.
He commended one of the candidates Rafael “Junie” Brooks who gave a brief outline of his job as a Pit Boss in the casino and what his job entailed because of the six months contract. Richardson disclosed that there is an initiative to come up with solutions for the six months contract and mentioned that with the new candidates, he is certain that they will be able to make their contributions when this issue comes to the floor of Parliament.
Fielding questions about female candidates on the USP list, Richardson said even though the group seems small they will be putting together a full list of 23 candidates and plans to present another four candidates next week.
Source: Today SXM USP introduces four new candidates