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  • Written by  Rawle Paterson

As veteran politician Elvin Nimrod bows out of frontline politics, he seems to have made way for the birth of a new political organization, which is led by a son of the soil.

Kerry Simmons fromCraigston is currently making the rounds throughout the 15 constituencies searching for the people who he says have the country at heart and are willing and ready to serve to ensure that thetri island state climbs the ladder as one of the best in the region and the world.

Simmons who in 2011 was a finalist at the Dimanche Gras show under the stage name “Mr Velon” where he brought up the rear with the song “Leaders” says that his intention to serve is inspired by his family’s early struggles in life.  He points out that this has motivated him to help inspire and lift those who-on a daily basis- find it difficult to make ends meet.

Simmons who recently retired from the United States Army after nine years of service, adds that this country is tired of suffering from political parties and politicians who are only concerned about making promises and delivering little or nothing at all.

He says that the country is yearning for a new breed of people to enter the political landscape.

 “The NNP and the NDC have been given the opportunity to serve and they continue to disappoint the people.

The idea of this party is to reset the button and bring a more youthful cadre of people willing to get the job done”, says Simmons.

Simmons described the party as the Progress Party with the Pegasus as its symbol.  This he says was selected because the flying horse is one of the most recognized symbols in Greek mythology. 

Simmons who holds a Masters Degree in Education with concentration in English and a Bachelor in Communication, and also studied film making in addition to his years of service in the US Army, says that he will bring a unique style of leadership.

“Both NNP and NDC have had multiple chances and I think they have failed, therefore it’s time to start something new”, he pointed out.

The 37-year-old Simmons who shares the same birth date as former Prime Minister Tillman Thomas–June 13th, says that although the party has just been officially registered and is now eligible to participate in the next general elections, he thinks that time may be against his team to make enough of an impact to win a seat. He points out that they are carefully selecting the right people who can make a difference.  

However, Simmons points out that they are still not ruling out the possibility of throwing their hat in the ring this time around.

The party he says was formed by a number of outstanding sons of the soil who were or are still members of the US army.  

Simmons points out that he has been forced to lead the party as they are still searching for the right female to do so.

He says that they most likely would not contest the upcoming elections as their plan is not just to win but to have the right blend of persons who are willing to serve the people of this country and not themselves.

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