The Leader of the Dominica Labour Party (DLP) may not have to look too far to select a candidate to replace the Member of Parliament for Roseau North if the need arises.
That is because the Mayor of Roseau, Cecil Joseph, has given early signals that he will be willing to contest that constituency at the next general elections.
While the incumbent MP for the constituency, Julius Timothy, has indicated interest in re-election, speculation is at an all time high that he may take the back seat because of health reasons. Timothy suffered a stroke several months ago.
Joseph, who contested the Roseau North Seat in the 2005 general elections and lost, said he always respects Timothy but “if by any chance he decides that he is no longer interested because of health reasons, I will be willing to serve my people.”
He said he has a number of plans and programs he would like to put in place in the communities that make up the constituency.
“I would like to work with the people and move from where Timothy has started and move on. I believe representation is very important. Within the DLP we have people who are committed to development,” he said.
Joseph was quick to point out that he will not make himself available if Timothy decides to contest the election.
Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit has indicated that there will be changes made in some consistencies leading up to the next general elections, constitutionally due in 2015.