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Kurt’s Brother Contesting Seat On Mac’s Team

Kurt’s Brother Contesting Seat On Mac’s Team
Denniston Tibbetts.

GEORGE TOWN, Grand Cayman (CNS) -- Sibling rivalry will be pushed to a new level during this election campaign after Denniston Tibbetts was confirmed as the Cayman Democratic Party’s candidate for Red Bay at the weekend.

The brother of Kurt Tibbetts, the former leader of government business, will be standing on the platform with McKeeva Bush. Kurt Tibbetts, the current planning minister, has said he is retiring and standing aside this election but he is very likely to still campaign for the People’s Progressive Movement, the party which he was instrumental in forming following the infamous 2001 coup.

Denniston Tibbetts, a first time candidate, is aligned with nine other CDP candidates who were selected at a private party meeting Saturday, including former minister Mike Adam, who has now confirmed he will be running in George Town South.

The CDP candidates running on the four West Bay districts are: McKeeva Bush (WBW), Bernie Bush (WBN), Capt Eugene Ebanks (WBC) and John Jefferson Jr (WBS).

The party has just two candidates in Bodden Town: Robert Bodden (BTE) and Stafford Berry (BTW). However, McKeeva Bush has said that he will support some independents in the those districts where the CDP are not fielding candidates.

Bush has given tacit support to incumbent MLA Alva Suckoo, who is running in Newlands as an independent. In the 2013 elections he ran with the PPM but crossed the floor over his opposition to gay rights of any kind. However, before he was with the PPM, he was a founding member of the UDP.

Bush has also said that the CDP will not contest the Savannah seat but will back veteran Anthony Eden, who has not yet said if he intends to seek re-election for what would be his 7th term.

In the capital, as well as Adam in GTS and Tibbetts in Red Bay, CDP Chair Tessa Bodden is running for GTN, and Jonathan Piercy will be making his third attempt to get a seat in the LA, running in George Town West. Bush will not field a CDP candidate in GTC (where the premier is still expected to run) but has stated previously that he will be backing former PPM member Kenneth Bryan in the David and Goliath political fight in that district.

It is not clear which independent candidate Bush will back in Prospect or whether he will be supporting Kendrick Webster in GTE, the only person so far to confirm that he is contesting that seat. The CDP will not contest either of the two seats in the Sister Islands or challenge the incumbents in East End or North Side.

The CDP is running just enough candidates to form a government if every one of them manages to win their seat, otherwise Bush will be dependent on independents to win control of the LA and to take back the top job as premier.