June 5, 2023

From The Progressives 2017 Manifesto for the Cayman Islands #2

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Every 4 years we are put to the test. It may appear to be a test of the candidates, but in truth, it is a test of the voting public.

I believe that Caymanians care passionately about our country and will vote for a good team that will serve the whole country instead of the individual most likely to do them a favour. This team is the Progressives.

Like most Caymanians, I have learned the lessons of our recent history. We well remember the chaos and mistrust of the last UDP (now CDP) government. None
of us really wants to return to a government that in the end served interests of one man instead of the best interests of our country.

Under the one person one vote system that we now have we get one chance to vote for the best candidate that along with a proven team will be able to deliver what they promise. I do not intend to cast my single precious vote for an independent because I know independents cannot fulfil their promises. Independents also cannot be trusted to form a government that will survive for four years. I am sure that you remember the 2000 election, when independents tried to govern, and we ended up with one-man rule.

The Progressives offer a good strong team in which every member plays an important part, with a good leader, and shared principles; and they need your help.

A vote for a Progressives candidate is a vote for stability, good government finance and a government with a track record of delivering on its promises. And a vote for the Progressives is a vote for certainty as to who will likely be your Premier and Government Ministers.

If you would like to help with the election campaign, please contact any of our candidates or officers, or one of the Progressive offices. And on election day Vote for the Progressives candidate in your electoral district.



A Strong Cayman ~ Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow

We will build on the strong platform created over the past term, maintaining strong government finances and a healthy and vibrant economy, so that our three Islands will continue to grow as a safe, happy, confident, and productive society where Caymanians are able to take full advantage of the blessings and opportunities we have, to find good employment and to lead fulfilling lives among family, friends, and co-workers.

Teamwork is the ability to work together toward a common vision. The ability to direct individual accomplishments toward organizational objectives. It is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results

Alden M McLaughlin MBE Red Bay

Premier of the Cayman Islands, Alden M McLaughlin, was first elected to the Legislative Assembly in 2000 and has been a legislator ever since. He was Minister of Education 2005-2009. Alden is a lawyer of 29 years standing and a former partner in a Cayman Islands law firm. He is a past president of the Caymanian Bar Association and The Lions Club of Grand Cayman. He and his wife Kim have two sons. In his free time he enjoys reading, cycling and farming.

Marco Archer George Town Central

Marco Archer, the Minister of Finance & Economic Development, was elected in 2013. He is a former attorney at law as well as former government senior economic statistician. In addition
to economic matters, an important focus for him is building a brighter future for the Islands’ youth. In 2016 he was named Caribbean Finance Minister of the year by Global Markets Magazine. Marco is married to Tammy and they are the parents of two daughters and a son.

Barbara Conolly George Town South

Barbara Conolly was born in George Town and is the daughter of Sidney and Daphne Gomez. Her political experience goes back to 2002 when she became a member of The Progressives, and serves on its Executive. In 2005, Barbara worked with the former Leader of Government Business, Hon. D. Kurt Tibbetts as his Political Analyst – helping constituents seeking employment, educational opportunities and health care and resolving other family life issues. She now works as a Manager in a financial services firm.

Joseph “Joey” Hew George Town North

As a businessman Joseph “Joey” Hew brings a wealth of successful business experience to public life. Joey was elected in 2013 and served as Councillor in the Tourism Ministry. Joey is the Managing Director & COO of his family business. He is a past Director of the Cayman Islands Tourism Association. He and his wife Cynthia are the parents of two sons.
He is an avid sports fan, especially football.

Roy McTaggart George Town East

Elected in 2013, Roy McTaggart served as a Councillor in three Ministries, including Health; Finance & Financial services. Roy is a former Managing Partner of KPMG Cayman and Managing Director of KPMG BVI. He has been active in many roles in the community – including with the Chamber of Commerce, Cayman Airways Board, Treasurer of Church of Christ, and mentoring young Caymanians. Roy is married and is the father of three grown up daughters.

Lucille Dell Seymour Prospect

Lucille Dell Seymour was born in George Town. She had a long career in education as a teacher and administrator, moving on to many senior roles in the civil service. Lucille has been very active in politics since leaving the civil service and is a founding member of the PPM. She
was a former MLA for the District of George Town. She has been a champion for the elderly and children in her community and has been active in assisting youth through sports.

David Wight George Town West

David Wight, the son of Derek and Marguerite Wight, was born and raised in the Cayman Islands. He has one daughter, Delecia Wight, and three grandchildren. David has worked in a successful family business for over 40 years. Outside of business, he is also a keen athlete representing Cayman in cricket for over 30 years. David also coaches cricket to young Caymanians. He has been involved in Cayman politics for decades and a member of The Progressives since 2002.

Moses Kirkconnel Cayman Brac West & Little Cayman

Moses Kirkconnell, Deputy Premier of the Cayman Islands, and Minister of District Administration, Tourism and Transport, is a respected civic leader and businessman. He was first elected to the Legislative Assembly in 2005. Moses is a proud member of the Veteran’s and Seaman’s Society of Cayman Brac and Little Cayman. He is also a devoted supporter of youth- related sports and activities. Moses and his wife, Kathy, enjoy fishing, walking and reading.

Julianna O’Connor- Connolly Cayman Brac East

Mrs. Julianna O’Connor- Connolly has served two terms as the Speaker of the Legislative Assembly. In 2006 she became Cayman’s first female Premier. Julianna was first elected to the Legislative Assembly in 1996 and she is the first woman to represent the Sister Islands. Born and raised on Cayman Brac, she first pursued a career in teaching, but later received a law degree from the University of Liverpool and was a practicing attorney before entering politics. She is the mother of Kamaal and Kimberly

Ed Chisholm North Side

Ed Chisholm is a human- resources manager who has worked in various business sectors. Currently Ed is the HR Manager for the Kirk group of companies. He is a member of several professional HR bodies and sits as a member of the Immigration Business Staffing Plan Board. Ed is married to Helen. They are parents to Ewan and he enjoys spending time with family and friends.

Daphne Orett West Bay West

Daphne is one of five children born to Henry & Louise Ackermon, growing up in North West Point. Daphne has had a rewarding – career from teaching at the West Bay School, to being secretary to Sir John A. Cumber, to Executive Officer in the Health Services Department. She also previously served as a Member of the Legislative Assembly. Daphne has a passion for helping the abused and neglected, and she made positive contributions for the welfare of women and children during her time in the LA.

Heather Bodden Bodden Town West

Heather Bodden has been a community activist all her life and supports several community causes. For 26 years she has organised an annual Senior Citizens Christmas Party. Heather has worked with young people and served for 20 years as a Trustee on the board of ICCI. She is a former member of the Legislative Assembly and a champion for the youth, the elderly and for her beloved Savannah. Heather has worked in various family businesses and has been active in politics for over a decade.
Maxine Bodden Robinson Bodden Town West

Maxine is one of Cayman’s leading attorneys in the financial services sector, specialising in Trusts. She grew up in Frank Sound and Bodden Town, one of three children of Norman and Isabella Bodden,
and attended Savannah Primary. Maxine attends Webster Memorial United Church in Bodden Town. She has worked with Junior Achievement and Legal Befrienders, and is the former Chair of the North Side District Council. Maxine is married to Colin, and has two daughters, Gabby and Peyton.

Osbourne “Ossie” Bodden Bodden Town east

Born and raised in the district of Bodden Town, the Honourable Osbourne “Ossie” Bodden, has served two terms in the Legislative Assembly. He is Minister of Community Affairs, Youth & Sports. Prior to politics, Ossie worked in the Financial Services Industry. He also operates two businesses in his district. Ossie is a deeply devoted husband to his wife Nancy and proud father of his three children; Alexis, Gavin and Amber. Ossie’s focus and motivation has always been on building a better Cayman Islands for all.

Wayne Panton Newlands

Wayne Panton is the Minster for Financial Services, Commerce and Environment. He was elected in 2013 and is a former Attorney at Law. Wayne is the son of Gurney (deceased) and Cecile Panton of Newlands. Wayne is a son of Newlands through and through and lives in the community with his wife Jane and son Cody. He is an avid fisherman and loves the ocean and the environment. Wayne is passionate about his Newlands people and is known to quietly help many in the community, including improvements at the Savannah Primary School.

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