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Cay Mills

Declaring his bid to run as an independent candidate in the North Abaco by-elections, Cay Mills shared what he called a “flawed” and “unfair process” undertaken by the Free National Movement (FNM) in selecting their candidate. According to Mr. Mills the process of selecting the FNM’s candidate for North Abaco began with Perry Thomas, Jackson McIntosh and himself, with John Swain being considered at one point before withdrawing himself from the race. After seven weeks of waiting, which he said was supposed to have been two; Greg Gomez’s name was added to the list.

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North Abaco Bye-election to be contested by four candidates

The constituents of North Abaco will elect a new Member of Parliament in the upcoming by-election. The Right Honourable Hubert A. Ingraham has held onto the North Abaco Constituency since 1977, being returned each year and representing both the Progressive Liberal Party in his first years and the Free National Movement most recently. He also won as an independent in 1987. This 2012 by-election will mark the first time in nearly thirty five years that voters will elect a new Member of Parliament to represent them. The voters will have a choice of four candidates.

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Minister of Education Tours Local Schools

Minister of Education, Science and Technology, Jerome Fitzgerald, visited Abaco on July 12-13 to inspect the “physical plan of the government schools” across Abaco and was pleased with the general conditions of the schools here. Mr. Fitzgerald spoke of the need to focus more time on core subjects in schools “as we move forward to improve our educational system so that the students are not only prepared for the jobs that will come online but to be able to compete in the twenty-first century.”

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Gomez Chosen as FNM’s North Abaco Candidate

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.

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Upgrades Planned for Abaco’s Sporting Facilities

Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture, the Hon. Dr. Daniel Johnson, visited Abaco on July 12, and began his travels on Moore's Island where he met with Coach Anthony Williams, the athletes and their parents, and the community to congratulate them on what they have accomplished. He was impressed that four athletes from Moore’s Island attended the Penn Relays and captured the small school championships.

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Gomez expected to be ratified July 23

The Free National Movement’s (FNM) National Central Council will meet tonight to ratify the party’s candidate for the North Abaco by-election. Greg Gomez, an educator, is widely regarded as the favorite and is expected to get the nod.

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