Profile on Rev Stanley Redwood
IN the run-up to the general elections expected by year-end, the Jamaica Observer's Western Bureau continues to focus on the candidates in this part of the island. Who are the candidates and why should you vote for them?
This week, we feature the People's National Party candidate for North-West St Elizabeth, Rev Stanley St John Redwood.
Born in the community of Joint Wood, St Elizabeth on March 3, 1965, Stanley Redwood attended the White Hall Primary School and Munro College before going on to the United Theological College (UTC) of the West Indies.
In 1989, shortly after graduating from UTC with a Diploma in Ministerial Studies and a Bachelors of Arts in Theology, Redwood was appointed a Moravian Minister in charge of the Fairfield Circuit of Moravian Churches in Manchester. And after completing his Masters of Arts in 1995, he was appointed Dean of Studies at the Jamaica Bible College in Mandeville.
In 1998, he was appointed Youth Development Officer for the St Elizabeth Branch of the Social Development Commission. (SDC)
One year later, he took up the post as Regional Youth Co-ordinator for the National Youth Service.
Married with three daughters, Redwood entered the political arena a little over two years ago. He said he was encouraged to do so because of his involvement in social work in the constituency.
"I also decided to contest the seat because of the poor state of the constituency relative to the other ones in the parish," Redwood added.
Redwood said he plans to improve the standard of living of residents in North-West St Elizabeth and address the lack of proper infrastructure if he wins the seat.
" My plans involve putting in the basic infrastructure-road, water and electricity and the setting up of agricultural marketing and processing," Redwood said.
Noting that agriculture is the backbone of the constituency, Redwood pointed out that if great emphasis is placed on the development of the agricultural sector, the chronic unemployment problems affecting the constituency would be greatly reduced.
The educational needs of the constituency is also on the cards of the candidate, should he become the Member of Parliament.
"I also want to establish a tertiary institution in the Lacovia area of the constituency and to eventually develop the area into a kind of university."
Redwood told the Observer that because he is from the area, and have worked in the constituency for many years, he understands the needs of the people.
"I can relate to the people and I strongly believe that I will be able to make much more vigorous representation than the present Member of Parliament," Redwood said.
"I have the training, the experience and the heart to understand and represent the people of North-West St Elizabeth," he added.
Redwood is challenging the JLP's JC Hutchinson for the seat.