MP-elect for the Soufriere Constituency, Denise Charles, said she was chosen by God to run the campaign for the Soufriere by-election with a message of unity.
Charles won at the polls raking in 1,342 votes while her competitor from the United Workers Party, Higgs Adam, took 560 votes.
She stated that her team ran a clean campaign and described herself as “vessel of the Most High God.”
“We ran a very clean and positive campaign recognizing that there were great opportunities for the Soufriere Constituency and we needed to send a message to the people, hey, can we put our differences aside and work together,” she told reporters when her massive victory became clear. “And that was my message and I must say to you that this message came straight from the Lord, it is not just from me, I always considered myself as a vessel of the Most High God and he chose that I run this campaign and he wanted me to send that message to the people: it is time we come together, work together as Dominicans in order to build our country.”
She said she is proud of the people who rejected what she called ‘the politics of hate.’
“I am really proud of my people of Pointe Michel, Scotts Head, Soufriere and Gallion who have rejected the politics of hate and decided that we come together to build our constituency and I am really proud of them and I look forward to serving them to the best of my ability.”
She said one of her first tasks is to meet with interest groups of the constituency.
“The first thing I have to do is to meet with different interest groups and people in the constituency, as I mentioned in my messages,” Charles stated. “The farmers, the fisherfolks, taking stock of the skill set we have available in the constituency and to find out what my people want to do in the areas they want further training.”
She stated that among her key focus will be the importation of development and the discussion with the people of major priorities.
“That is what I will do,” Charles stated.