The recently ratified candidate for the Free National Movement (FNM) in North Abaco is ready to continue to “build on the foundation started by Mr. Ingraham” as he seeks to bring all Abaconians together as one in the upcoming by-elections.
A native Abaconian, Greg Gomez was educated at Dundas Town Primary, later graduating from Abaco Central High. He continued his education at Langston University in Langston, Oklahoma where he studied business administration.
Later he returned to the Bahamas where he worked for Royal Bank, Scotia Bank, Bahamas Customs and as an Educator. He also adds local government to his portfolio, serving as a member of the Murphy Town Committee, as chairman of the Hotel Licensing board and also sat on the Road Traffic Board for Abaco.
Officially ratified as the candidate for North Abaco on July 23, Mr. Gomez has wasted no time going door to door to familiarize the constituents with who he is and he said “the response so far has been great and wonderful.”
He said he entered his application after a series of events helped him solidify his decision. Mr. Gomez said it came about when the Ministry of Local Government “decided not to go ahead with my application and process me as an assistant island administrator.”
According to Mr. Gomez he was hired by the Ministry of Local Government; however, after the Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) came into power, things changed. “Some of the party’s supporters did not want to see me in that office and they made it known.”
He said that he went to Nassau with an appointment to see V. Alfred Gray, Minister of Local Government, concerning his employment, but when he got there Mr. Gray, as well as the permanent secretary, refused to see him. The undersecretary told him that his application would not be processed and did nothing when he requested they still process it and place him in a different department.
He found himself with no job and a wife and three children to provide for. “So I inquired about the opportunity to see if I could still enter the race as a potential candidate. It was open and I made application and the rest is history,” he said.
Because he had returned from living in the United States in August of 2011 he still needed one more month to qualify, he said, “and the FNM knew this and, in going through the interviewing process, they thought that I was the better candidate. So the FNM and Mr. Ingraham made the mature decision to hold on for another month to allow me the time because the FNM thought I was the best possible candidate.”
His goal, if elected, is to continue to build upon the foundation and legacy that Mr. Ingraham has set. He would like to continue the programs and initiatives the former Prime Minister started and see them implemented – such as the port and the North Abaco Bridge and things that will spur the economic growth in North Abaco area.
Mr. Gomez said he would like to “take the fishing and agriculture industry to another level, introducing them to modern techniques with green houses and hydroponics labs.”
He would like to help the constituents learn how to become owners and employers and not just employees, and start a “My Brother’s Keeper” program along with the church teaching young men their responsibility in society.
Mr. Gomez would also like the sports park near Abaco Central High School to be upgraded and developed, including a pool for swimming, “so that we can better train and equip our young people. I want to help see young people develop their skill and talents.”
Mr. Gomez said that “In me they can get a leader who can be trusted; a leader who, if elected, will seek to bring all Abaconians together because we are all together – we are all Bahamians.”