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Former Port Boss Contesting GTS Seat

Former Port Boss Contesting GTS Seat
Paul Hurlston.

GEORGE TOWN, Grand Cayman (CNS) -- Paul Hurlston, who was the director of the Port Authority of the Cayman Islands for many years until he was sacked without explanation in 2015, has declared himself as a candidate for his home constituency of George Town South in the upcoming 24 May General Election.

Another independent candidate throwing his hat in the ring alone, Hurlston criticised the swapping between “the green and the red” over the last four election cycles, referring to the two local political parties.

Hurlston was booted out of his senior job at the port after an internal review by local consultants, Deloitte, who were contracted to help address financial losses at the authority. He had been at the helm since 2001 after serving as assistant director since 1992.

In his Facebook post announcing his candidacy at the end of last month, Hurlston, who was born and raised in the GTS constituency, said he had the “academic qualifications, proven abilities, honesty and character” to be a “true representative”.

The district of George Town South has a diverse demographic of 1,215 voters, ranging from South Sound to Windsor Park. So far, the only other candidate to declare their intentions to run in that constituency is TV and radio host Catherine Tyson, who is also running as an independent with no party affiliation, though it is believed that she is part of a loose group of candidates being supported by one local businessman.

Neither the Cayman Democratic Party nor the Progressives have identified their candidates for the constituency. In the 2013 General Election, the polling districts covering the area voted strongly for Roy McTaggart, who was at the time on the C4C ticket and polled 371 votes in the area. Since then he has joined the PPM and is likely be their candidate in that constituency.

But whoever the Progressives and the CDP field in the district, Hurlston will be up against challengers from both the red and the green team as well as Tyson.