It seems certain that businessmen Joseph Isaac will replace Norris Prevost, the Opposition United Worker’s Party’s (UWP) incumbent parliamentary representative for the Roseau Central constituency, in the next general election.
From all indications, all that remains to be done is the rubber stamping of that decision at the party’s delegates conference in September.
This, following announcements by Isaac, that he is now the new candidate for the constituency which the UWP is holding on to by just three votes.
In the absence of any official confirmation by Prevost, Isaac told Dominicanewsonline in an interview on Thursday, that he has the support from the executive of the UWP.
“The support is across the board. It is at the management level and the constituency level in Roseau central. It is also coming from supporters of the DLP in Roseau Central,” he said.
According to Issac, “It’s over 15 years now the people have been asking for me and lately the discussion has intensified. I have always had the desire to represent my people. I bring a lot to the table. I came from a family of sport people; I also bring professional experience in the area of small business and export development. I also bring the expertise of an entrepreneur,” he said.
The 44 year-old Isaac said he is also confident that he will retain that seat for the UWP.
Isaac is not the only political first-timer to throw his hat in the UWP ring.
Former IMF economist, Dr. Thomson Fontaine, has also made clear his intention to contest the Grand Fond/Riviere Cyrique seat for the UWP.
“I’m looking very much to be a part of the next general election” he told Matt Peltier, host of Q95’s Hot Seat on Thursday. “The people of Grand Fond have been assured of that. They know that. I’m looking forward to working with a team of people from the United Worker’s Party that can make the change that Dominica needs and I’m really excited about it”
The Washington-based Fontaine who said that he is now working on some projects with countries in Africa, indicated that he would be back in Dominica, some time in September “to touch base with the folks on the ground and then start to build, start to strategize or continue, we’ve already started; continue to strategize on our way forward,” Fontaine stated.
Isaac and Fontaine bring to three the number of newcomers who have publicly confirmed their decision to contest elections on a UWP ticket.
The first was Lennox Linton who will be replacing a retiring Edison James as the candidate for the Marigot constituency.
Elections are constitutionally due in 2015.
Editor’s note: We wish to acknowledge the omission of Higgs Adams as another UWP newcomer who will be contesting the Soufriere seat. Knowledge of his decision has been public for sometime now.