A POLITICAL MARRIAGE MADE IN NORTH SIDE
In what’s being promoted as “plans for a political transition” and “political history”, former political opponents Ezzard Miller and Edward Chisholm have announced that they are now “committed to work together”.
With just three weeks to go before the April 14 election, Mr. Chisholm endorsed his 2017 opponent “as the best candidate in this election.”
At the same time, Mr Miller committed to work with Mr. Chisholm over the next four years “to provide mentoring, training and involvement to give Mr. Chisholm the maximum opportunity to earn the North Siders trust, respect and confidence.”
According to the joint statement, “the plan is that Mr. Miller will step aside and support Mr. Chisholm in the 2025 general election.”
Mr Chisholm, son of the late Speaker of the House and political stalwart, Edna Moyle, was a candidate for the Progressives in the 2017 general elections which he lost to Mr Miller. who ran as an independent.
On their 2021-and-beyond collaboration, Mr Miller said, ”I am delighted to come to this arrangement with "Ed", who I see has the ability, ethics, and commitment to transition into the generation of leaders.”
For his part, Mr Chisholm said he endorsed Miller because “he is the best candidate to represent North Side, and for North Siders to send him back to Parliament given the issues that the district and the country face.”
“I look forward to working with Ezzard over the next four years for the betterment of North Side as we work together to hand the baton over so that we can continue ethical and competent representation for the people of North Side,” he added.
In their joint statement, the Miller-Chisholm camp stated that “both men believe that this is what succession planning and transition to younger blood and enthusiasm is, and hope that other older politicians will recognize the importance of involving younger persons in the political process and find persons in their electoral districts to develop and mentor.”
Political observers of trends in North Side have noted the outcome of the 2017 elections in which Mr Chisholm placed third in the constituency coming behind independent Johany “Jay” Ebanks who is again challenging Mr Miller for the district.
In 2017, Ezzard Miller won the seat with 201 votes (33.84 per cent) to Jay Ebanks’ 179 votes (30.13 per cent).
Mr Chisholm had polled 139 votes (23.40 per cent).
The other candidate then, Justin Ebanks running again as an independent this year, obtained 75 votes (12.63 per cent) in 2017.