Jamahl Simmons to retire at next election

I have been out of touch for most of the day, but I just received this broadcast email from UBP Leader Wayne Furbert, with respects to Jamahl Simmons and Constituency 19:

A Statement by United Bermuda Party Leader,
The Hon. Wayne L. Furbert, JP. MP

This evening, I received note from Jamahl Simmons, United Bermuda Party MP for Pembroke West, that he would not be contesting next election.

I am saddened by this decision.

We had great hopes for Jamahl. He has lots to offer this country as a smart, young Bermudian interested in public affairs.

Jamahl made great strides over the years in his work for the United Bermuda Party. He served as the party's spokesman for race relations. He worked very closely with us to draft economic empowerment legislation and to plan for the establishment of economic development zones. Jamahl served on the committee to establish a Code of Conduct for Parliamentarians. In addition, he was the party> '> s public relations officer for three years.

I know Jamahl will serve out his term and fulfill his duties to his constituents, both on the ground and in the House of Assembly, with distinction and integrity, and I look forward to him helping us win the next election.

On behalf of the party, I wish him continuing success.

January 5, 2007

I can't speak to what drove Jamahl's decision. I presume we'll be hearing more on this over the coming days.

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