Government Whip Lovitta Foggo, left, will contest her St David’s seat for the PLP again, while Economy Minister Patrice Minors, right, was today announced as the PLP’s candidate for her current seat of Smith’s North. Premier Paula Cox sits centre in support of her candidates. *Photo by Raymond Hainey
Government Whip Lovitta Foggo, left, will contest her St David’s seat for the PLP again, while Economy Minister Patrice Minors, right, was today announced as the PLP’s candidate for her current seat of Smith’s North. Premier Paula Cox sits centre in support of her candidates. *Photo by Raymond Hainey

MONDAY, MARCH 5: Government Minister Patrice Minors was today announced as the PLP’s candidate for her current seat of Smith’s North.

She was unveiled alongside Lovitta Foggo, the Government Whip, who will contest her St David’s seat for the PLP again.

Ms Minors, Minister for Economy, Trade and Industry, said: “It’s a ministry in which great attention is required in the economic conditions we’re facing.

“It’s important to make sure every opportunity is taken to present opportunities to them and that’s in all categories of work.

“I’m committed to doing my best in rendering a service and meeting expectations in relation to labour.”

Ms Minors added that a recent construction industry jobs fair held at Bermuda College emphasised Government’s desire to see Bermudians back at work.

She said: “We’re waiting for the results of it and I want to touch base with the employers who were represented there to see how many people were employed – that will be the telling factor.

“I do know of a couple of people who have been employed and that’s encouraging. We’ll be following up with people who registered for jobs as well.”

Ms Minors added that concerns among Smith’s North residents reflect national worries over jobs and the economy.

Ms Foggo, however, said that St David’s voters were largely concerned with local issues, like transport and roadworks, as well as the growth in population in the area over the years.

She added: “Most of the concerns I’m confronted with on the doorsteps or at clinics are neighbourhood ones – roadworks, housing and lighting concerns.

“I don’t hear so much about national concerns, except for some crime concerns, although they seem to be on the decline since I talked to the local police, which resulted in a higher police presence in the area.”