PHILIPSBURG–People’s Progressive Alliance (PPA) will contest the September 26 Parliamentary Elections with a slate of 14 candidates, who are committed to getting elected and working to make St. Maarten “strong, stable and secure.
The slate is headed by former Member of Parliament (MP) Gracita Arrindell.
The orange party introduced its slate at John Larmonie Centre on Sunday afternoon, ahead of Nomination Day, today, Monday.
Arrindell called her fellow candidates “the true heroes” of St. Maarten, because they chose to stand up for St. Maarten and make things happen for the country and its people.
In the number two spot is casino controller Philip van Delden. Like Arrindell, he was a past candidate on the United People’s (UP) party slate. Van Delden said he’s running “to bring back respect to St. Maarten” and empower people of the country by allowing them to learn employable skills.
Leader of Concordia Political Alliance (CPA) Jeffrey Richardson is the party’s number three. His party merged with PPA two weeks ago to contest the elections.
Businesswoman Cleopatra DayDay-Halley is in the number four spot, followed by sports coach Les Brown.
Telecommunication technician Patrick Eugene Williams is PPA’s number six, followed by Anne Franchesca Arrindell, a businesswoman as number seven.
Ophthalmologist Armando Gumbs is at number eight and businesswoman Angelina Williams-James is at nine, followed by Shipping Agent Frendsel Rimon at 10 and midwife Regina Janga in the 11th spot.
Assistant manager Don Hughes Jr. holds the number twelve spot. At age 22, he is one of the youngest candidates in the elections.
Retired financial consultant Johan Zwart, and pensioner/consultant Edwin “Ed” Gumbs round off the party’s slate.
Arrindell made a special plea to the women of the country to head to the polls, come Election Day. Women account for the majority of voters, but women tend to not vote in high numbers, she said. To the women, she said, “Don’t give up on yourself. Don’t give up on your future. Come out in numbers and vote.”
Five of the 14 PPA candidates are women. One of them, DayDay-Halley called on voters “not to get fooled by empty promises” and make the best choice for St. Maarten as PPA is.
Arrindell encouraged voters to head to the Civil Registry on Tuesday to endorse the PPA list, between 9:00am and 4:00pm. PPA, as a party without a seat in the current Parliament, must get the signatures of 146 voters to be on the September 26 ballot.
The party hopes to maintain its colour – orange – on August 22, when the Main Voting Bureau sits to number the lists on the ballot and assign party colours to the new parties.
Source: Daily Herald
PPA 14 committed to ‘strong Stable, secure St. Maarten’