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Mary nominate siblings
Creary and Don Creary
Simpson, Staff Reporter
CREARY is happy at being on the front line. There is no fear,
although his running for the Parish Council division of Richmond,
St. Mary, his first venture into active politics.
reason, he says, is that politics has been a constant force
in his life, just as are the Kiwanis Club of St. Mary and
the St. Mary Chamber of Commerce.
The 33-year-old businessman and his family have had a long
association with the Kiwanis, the Chamber and the Jamaica
Labour Party (JLP).
father, the late Luneville Creary's history with the JLP dates
back to the party's formation; his mother, Norma, hosted the
JLP's top brass, including JLP Leader, Edward Seaga; his brother,
communications consultant, Don Creary, ran for the St. Mary
South East seat in the 1997 General Election and is currently
the JLP's candidate for the Castleton division in the same
parish in the June 19 Local Government elections; and he spent
several years helping with other political campaigns.
have always been involved in politics, but I didn't know I
would end up taking it this far," Mr. Creary says, adding
that he accepted the candidacy to give effective parish representation.
lot of the people who are representatives in Local Government
are not really the type of people who can represent anyone,
because the MP or the caretaker just put somebody there who
has been a loyal supporter, so they are not really effective
representatives. I think I have something, based on my service
record, that I can bring to the table," he told The Gleaner
by telephone. This was just hours after presenting his papers
to the Presiding Officer at the Annotto Bay Court House and
paying the $3,000 registration fee for his nomination yesterday.
his agenda are, seeing to the reopening of the market and
a community centre in the division and securing proper telephone,
water and road systems for the area.
is within my power to do, I will do. Whatever I can do to
help them, I will," he pledges.
his brother, 36-year-old Don Creary is also campaigning for
a Local Government seat for the first time. Defeated by the
People's National Party's (PNP), Harry Douglas, in the General
Elections in 1997, he is now vying for the Castleton divisional
elder Creary said he will be putting to good use in his campaign,
the following lesson he learned from his father and which
he told to The Gleaner in 1999.
saying that sticks most in my mind is there are two ways to
get ahead in life, you can kick ass or you can kiss it; either
one you do will make you just as successful but, whichever
one you choose, be consistent, don't kiss it today and kick
Creary says he will continue working in the best interest
lot of people in politics put out an effort to get elected
and, after being elected, they disappear. The people of South
East St. Mary can tell you that, even after I withdrew from
politics, I did not withdraw from the people," he said.
"I am seeking election and once I get it, people will
get representation with the same tenacity, the same fire,
the same veracity."
plans to reduce Castleton's high unemployment rate via ventures
with private sector interests and the communities, to boost
tourist sites such as Castleton Gardens, to improve and formalise
the harvesting and selling of the lychee fruit, native to
the area, and to look at how spring water businesses can be
developed using several of the 28 springs in the parish. He
also plans to look at improving the quality of education and
water in the parish.