Accountant Denise Charles, of Point Michel, will be the candidate for the ruling Dominica Labour Party (DLP) in the June 7th by-election in the Soufriere constituency.
The DLP said in a release issued on Tuesday evening that the 36 year old Charles was elected by her peers at a special meeting of the Soufriere DLP Constituency Association on Monday evening.
There have been media reports that Charles was tipped to replace Ian Pinard, who resigned as Member of Parliament for that constituency on April 26, 2016, because of what he said were allegations made against him. His resignation created the need for a by-election to fill that seat.
The DLP release stated that Ms. Charles, “who has served with distinction as Chairman of that Association in recent years,” is a longstanding member of the Dominica Labour Party and a frontline speaker on the platforms of former Soufriere Parliamentary Representatives, Ian Pinard and Sam Martin.
“The popularly nominated candidate, who holds a Master’s Degree and several other professional qualifications, will be officially launched this Saturday evening at a Labour Party Mass Rally in Pointe Michel,” the DLP said in its release.
According to the DLP, this event will “kick-start” the party’s campaign, which will be spearheaded on the ground by its political leader, Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit.