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Paula Kerr-Jarrett ponders Eastern Hanover for JLP

BY MARK CUMMINGS Editor-at-Large, Western Bureau cummingsm@jamaicaobserver.com

Friday, September 09, 2011    

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MONTEGO BAY, St James — Attorney Paula Kerr-Jarrett, the daughter of long-standing Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) treasurer Christopher Bovell, yesterday admitted that she was considering running for the party in the constituency of Eastern Hanover in the next general elections.

"I have been approached, but nothing yet is finalised; it is still a process," said Kerr-Jarrett, who is also the wife of prominent Montego Bay businessman and treasurer for the JLP Area Council Four, Mark Kerr-Jarrett.

"I am really interested in doing what I can for Jamaica and I believe that more people who have something to offer should step up to the plate in this country for us to really see the impact on the island," she added.

The attorney, who was earlier this week named on the Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO) Board, told the Observer that she will be taking into consideration a number of factors before arriving at a decision.

"It would be (deciding to run) a huge difference to anything that I have done before, so there is a lot to consider... your privacy, your family. There will be a lot of things that I would have to adjust in my lifestyle but I am seriously considering it because if I am able to contribute something and make a difference it would be worth the challenge," she explained.

JLP Deputy Leader for Area Council Four Dr Christopher Tufton told the Observer yesterday that while "nothing has been finalised", he believes that Kerr- Jarrett would be a good representative.

"She would be an excellent representative, but we are still doing our internal evaluations," he added.

Eastern Hanover is represented by the opposition People's National Party (PNP's) Dr D K Duncan who won the seat by a margin of 10 votes over the JLP's Barrington Gray in the 2007 general elections, following a magisterial recount.

Yesterday, Gray — who is the constituency caretaker — said despite reports that Kerr-Jarrett and "another person" were interested in representing the party in the constituency, he still wants to be the JLP's standard bearer in Eastern Hanover.

However, he said that he would have "no problem" if the party decides to select another representative.

"I am a party person and so if they decide to chose someone else, so be it," he said, adding that if he is overlooked he would seek selection in one of the seven parish council divisions in Hanover.

Prior to being elected as the member of parliament for Eastern Hanover in the 2002 general elections, Gray had served as the JLP councillor for the Hopewell division.

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