Richard Lewis, the United Progressive Party (UPP) Candidate who was elected to represent the St. John’s Rural West constituency, last week, says he is up to the challenging task ahead of him: Defending his constituents while ensuring that the Gaston Browne Administration does not continue neglecting the community and the people.
Lewis defeated the Antigua Labour Party candidate, Gail Christian, by over 300 votes.
There is a lot of work to be done in the constituency, Lewis acknowledges, since it has been neglected for quite some time, even during the tenure of former representative Londel Benjamin.
Therefore, going forward, it will not be business as usual, he says, as he will be applying pressure on the Government to get things done, including the repair of the Grays Farm Clinic.
According to Lewis, the constituency will be in a better position under his stewardship, since he will not stop advocating for the people and will keep the Browne Administration’s feet to the fire.
He says that, once again, Rural West will become a stronghold for the United Progressive Party because he will fight for his constituents, even in the face of resistance.
Before his election, Lewis had amassed a record of activism for a better community: He has undertaken clean-up campaigns and the patching of potholes; campaigned for a new dock at the Keeling Point Wharf; and has been advocating for over three years for the St. John’s Magistrates’ Court to be removed from the community centre at Knuckle Block and returned to the people.