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Nov 24, 2011

Women of Caribbean Shores on road to victory

Ann-Marie Williams

And while things are heating up in Caribbean Shores for Santi, News Five caught up with his two opponents, Chandra Cansino and Anne-Marie Williams, who made it clear that they aren’t the orchestrators of Santi’s billboard woes. And with just over a week away from the convention slated for December fourth, both women say that the response on the campaign trail has been very encouraging.

Chandra Cansino, U.D.P. Aspirant for Caribbean Shores Constituency

“I, this is the first I am hearing of this. Actually up to this present moment, I have been very appreciative of the campaign so far. I think it has been a clean campaign. Both my other opponents as well, I really would like to thank them for the way we have been running our campaigns so far. I would have to investigate the allegations. I have no idea. Mine as far as I know, up to this morning, I thinkt hey were fine.”

Anne-Marie Williams, U.D.P. aspirant for Caribbean Shores Constituency

“Well, I would not engage in something like that. This morning I drove by and I saw one of Santi’s signs flying in the win; half. But if you look at it on Blue Marlin’s Drive, it was not suspended well. If you look at that. That’s not even a place where signs have been put up. And so personally, I would never do that. I am not of that ilk.”

Andrea Polanco

“You’re hot on the campaign trail with just a week away from the convention. What has the response been like from the constituents?”

Anne-Marie Williams

Chandra Cansino

“The response has been overwhelming; it’s very, very excellent. If I could say, better than I thought. I think that people are ready to embrace this change. I have been campaigning from door to door and it’s been overwhelming and part of what overwhelms me too is that people are really sick and tired of what’s been going on. There is a myth that people in Caribbean Shores are rich and everybody in Caribbean Shores are well to do, well that is not so. There are four polling areas: polling area three, three A, four and five. There is serious poverty in polling area five, some in polling area four also. And there are pockets everywhere. When I look around and see the people who were poor twenty years ago when I used to campaign for former Prime Minister Manuel Esquivel are still poor today or even poorer, that hurts. When you look around some parts of the city and see how depraved it is; children not going to school, economic conditions have worsened, lots of people don’t have in Caribbean Shores and those are some of the things that we really need to address. Apart from the issues of streets and drains where people would say we noh beg fi nothing, we just want our streets and drains fixed; why have these not been fixed over the years? And so I think anew breeze is blowing in Caribbean Shores and I really, really would like to get the opportunity to represent people who just want to live a better quality of life. And I don’t see what that is so hard.”

Chandra Cansino

“It has been extremely rewarding. The experience has been great. Residents in Caribbean Shores are very, very receptive. They are very intelligent constituency, as are all other constituencies, but I mean I would be more bias to the constituents of Caribbean Shores. I have been walking the pavement day and night. The constituents are ready for the change that we are proposing to make and so we continue on our, until December the fourth, mid-night probably, we will be continuing with the campaign.”

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