On July 23 the Free National Movement officially selected and ratified their candidate to run in the North Abaco by-elections. Greg Gomez was chosen and accepted to run on the party’s behalf. The by-election will be called within sixty days after the Right Honourable Hubert Ingraham officially resigns from the House of Assembly on August 31.
Other names, besides Mr. Gomez, which were considered by the FNM were Perry Thomas, Jackson McIntosh and Cay Mills. Mr. Gomez was chosen after nearly ten hours of deliberation.
Hoping to continue the work and legacy of the previous Member of Parliament for North Abaco, Greg Gomez plans to bring the entire constituency together as “one family.”
“[Mr. Ingraham’s] legacy is not over,” Mr. Gomez stated.
Mr. Gomez touched on some of the issues he will fight for. Namely, he stated his concern with the youth and the fishing and agriculture industries which are so vital to the constituents of North Abaco.
Going forward into the by-election Mr. Gomez and his PLP opponent, Renardo Curry, will likely run a very tight race. During the May 7 General Election, Mr. Ingraham secured his seat by fewer than 400 votes. With the drastically different political landscape that emerged from the May election, Mr. Curry and Mr. Gomez will have both their respective parties anxious to see the outcome.
The Democratic National Alliances candidate for North Abaco, Sonith Lockhart, will not run in the by-election.
Mr. Gomez and the FNM are campaigning under the theme, “All Together.”