The man who is to battle prime minister, Roosevelt Skerrit, in the Vieille Case constituency for the United Workers Pary (UWP) in the upcoming general election has apologized to the people, saying he has remained silent for too long on matters affecting the constituency.
Alexander Birmingham laments his silence saying that it has caused the people to sink deeper into poverty.
“I think I have stayed quiet a little too long,” he told a UWP press conference last week where he was officially presented as the new candidate. “I think all the time I spent being so quiet and so cool, I think that has deepened my community and my constituency into deep poverty. I am sorry.”
According to Birmingham, he was called to the task “a long, long time ago” by people who meet him on the streets and say “I think you should be in politics, you know.”
However, he said, he had remained on “the low side.”
He vows to create jobs, re-establish sports, and revive agriculture in the constituency.
He pointed out that he will be there for the people 100 percent.
“I am going to be there for you people of Thibaud, Penville, and Vieille Case 100 percent,” he noted.. “You call me, I’m there, you need something and I’ll be there to answer you. If I can give, I give. If I cannot give, I will bring it up to those who can give and table your concerns to the people.”
He said his approach will be an integrated one and all heads will work together “to form a plan for the constituency”.
Birmingham is originally from Penville and is the eldest of four children.
He attended the Portsmouth Secondary School and at the Trinidad and Tobago Hospitality and Tourism Institute where he majored in Hotel management and Accommodation.
He has been employed at the Fort Young Hotel for the past 15 years as night auditor and also said he is a freelance accountant.
Political leader for the (UWP) Lennox Linton, described Birmingham as a “very brave man.”
“We are behind him 100 percent,” he stated. “A number of surprises are in store with this election that is coming up. We have our eyes on Vieille Case and we think that the representative for Vieille Case has done enough to disgrace political representation for the people of Dominica and the Vieille Case Constituency.”