Rt. Hon. Dr. Denzil Douglas – Leader, Hon. Colleagues at the Head Table, colleague candidates of the St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party, Members of the Press, the good people of Sandy Point, Fig Tree and La Vallee, citizens at home and abroad, a pleasant good afternoon to all of you. It is with a great sense of humility that I have accepted the candidacy to contest the next election to represent the proud people of Constituency #5 in the Parliament of our beautiful country, St. Kitts and Nevis.
I am Kenny Douglas, a loving father and devoted husband, former teacher, sports enthusiast, coach and former ambassador of St. Kitts and Nevis to Cuba. I am very passionate about people development. My involvement in sports over my entire life has been driven by that very passion, to uplift people, and to serve people.
My decision to come forward as a candidate comes at a time when my community is lacking moral and political leadership. I come at a time when my constituency is yearning for someone who genuinely cares about people more than politics. I am here because I have responded to the overwhelming many who feel disappointed and neglected. I will step up, make the sacrifice and I will serve. And if I say that I will serve, if you know me, Kenny Douglas of Sandy Point, then I will give the people my all.
Each of us, in our own lives, will have to accept responsibility for something – for instilling a sense of achievement in our children, for adapting to a more competitive and robust economy, for strengthening our communities and sharing some measure of sacrifice. My being here is me doing my part; taking a greater share in the responsibility for the success of the people of Sandy Point, Fig Tree and La Valle.
This is an enormous task. I cannot do it alone and I cannot do it in my own strength. I depend on my faith in the Almighty God for strength, and I ask everyone in my community to join me on this road to a better St. Christopher #5. Let us begin this hard work together, TODAY. Let us transform our community.
I want to be part of setting high standards for our schools and provide the resources that they need to succeed. I want to be part of raising a renewed army of teachers, doctors, nurses, and policemen, and give them better pay and more support in exchange for more accountability. I want to make college more affordable for the people of Sandy Point and make an investment in our young people so that they will become researchers in agriculture, cures for cancer and more, so that they can help to open new frontiers of national development and empowerment. And, I want to make housing truly affordable and accessible for every Sandy Pointer and every resident of Fig Tree and La Vallee. That is my solemn pledge.
I want to be involved in ending poverty in my community. This generation must end poverty in Sandy Point, Fig Tree and La Valle once and for all. Every single person willing to work should be able to get training that leads to employment and earn a living wage that can pay their bills, and afford child care so that their children can have a safe place to go when parents go off to work. Join me, and let us be the generation that says right here, right now, that roofing programs should not be for a select few and that there is a better alternative to a Poverty Alleviation Programme that picks and chooses the friend and families of certain politicians, and parades you in Pall Mall Square.
I have committed myself to the fight to be the generation that finally tackles our health care crisis. The former Labour Administration under Rupert Herbert gave Sandy Point a modern medical facility. This will be the centre around which Next Generation Policies and activities will revolve. Together, we can control health costs by focusing on prevention, by providing better treatment to the chronically ill, by training more of our people, and by using technology for greater efficiency and effectiveness.
Too long have we stayed silent to criminal occurrences in our communities, with no word of assurance from those who should be representing us. I am here to create a generation that confronts crime. Politics does not have to divide us on this issue anymore – we can work together to keep our constituency and our country safe.
We can work together to bring criminals back to a life away from crime, and keep young people from getting into crime in the first place. I have the leadership skills and I have the love and the interest of people a heart. I always did.
I will not keep it a secret. I will not whisper. This is why I am here. To bring forth a new generation of leadership, a new generation of policies, a new generation of thinking, a new generation of service to the people of Sandy Point, Fig Tree and La valle. And, I will work hard, everyday, to earn your trust and confidence.
Prior to the last general elections, Shawn Richards made many, many promises, and I expect the next time around to be no different. History has proven that after the election was over, and the rubber hit the road, all those promises faded from memory, and their close family and friends moved in and got filthy rich, and the ordinary people were turned away, disappointed, and left to struggle on their own.
That is why the campaign I have started cannot, is not, and will never be, only about me. It must be about you. It must be about what we, all of us, can do together. This campaign must be the occasion and the vehicle of your hopes and your dreams.
For us to succeed, I am asking for your time, your energy, your partnership and your advice.
This campaign has to be about reclaiming our values as Sandy Pointers, restoring our sense of common purpose, and realizing that few obstacles can withstand the power of our collective voices calling for change, calling for better representation.
Thanks for your kind attention and I look forward to speaking with you.