From left: Meredith Statff (IND), Erwin Adderley (IND), Vince Ingham (PLP), Jeanne Atherden (OBA). *Photo by Raymond Hainey
From left: Meredith Statff (IND), Erwin Adderley (IND), Vince Ingham (PLP), Jeanne Atherden (OBA). *Photo by Raymond Hainey

MONDAY, DEC. 17: OBA candidate Jeanne Atherden is hoping to retain the seat held by her party colleague Shawn Crockwell.

Ms Atherden said: “I’m feeling good – it’s a nice turnout. People are out early and that’s an indication people want to get involved in the process.

“You never want to take anything for granted, but I’ve done my homework and I believe what we represent is what people want to have. I’ll be out here all day working.”

Ms Atherden is up against former Berkeley Institute classmate Vince Ingham, brother Erwin Adderley, who represented the area for the UBP and is standing as an Independent, and Independent Meredith Stapff.

Mr Ingham said: “People seem to be keen and active. I’ve been quite pleased. I believe there is an opportunity to win this seat. It’s about mathematics, it’s about numbers and we will see.

“The party has done what it needed to do to get the message out. I’m optimistic that message has been heard by the constituents in Pembroke West and I look forward to serving them.”

Mr Adderley said he had decided to stand because he felt the merger of the BDA and the bulk of the UBP into the OBA was not done in a democratic way and the candidate selection process left too much power in the hands of central committees.

He added: “I’m cautiously optimistic – I decided to stand to give people a choice.”

Ms Stapff added: “Employment is something I’m interested in and I have ideas which I’ve shared with other people. I don’t know what the result will be. I just hope the best person for the job wins.

“Being a latecomer, I wasn’t able to get around and do what I wanted to do, but quite a few people have heard what I’m about.