‘Leave Me Out of It’ – Crawford Not Interested in SW St Andrew Bid

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Former East Rural St. Andrew Member of Parliament, Damion Crawford, says he will not be throwing his hat in the ring in the race to succeed Portia Simpson Miller in South West St. Andrew.

Crawford made the disclosure in an interview this morning with Nationwide News.

Reports are that Crawford came out significantly ahead of potential candidates in a poll commissioned recently by the PNP.

Word emerged earlier this week that the former East Rural St. Andrew MP was being advised by some senior members of the party to enter the race to succeed Simpson Miller.

Mr. Crawford told our news center today that he will not be doing so.

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Crawford’s pronouncement means it’s likely that PNP Vice President Angela Brown Burke and Councillor Audrey Smith Facey will square off to be the PNP’s standard bearer in what’s regarded as the party’s safest seat in the country.

Mr. Crawford says he was not told by the PNP top brass not to enter the contest.

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Mr. Crawford says that – for the time being – he’ll focus on assisting the PNP in connecting with the masses.

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Abka Fitz-Henley is a multiple award-winning journalist who is currently the Senior Reporter at Nationwide News Network (NNN). His primary areas of focus are Court, Crime and Parliamentary proceedings. Fitz-Henley was recently recognized in the regional celebrity magazine publication Panache as “The Breaking News Boss”. At 21 years of age, following his 1st year in media, Fitz-Henley was recognized with the Young Journalist of the year award from The Press Association of Jamaica and went on to cop one of the country’s highest recognized journalism prizes, the Journalist of the Year Award. He’s also been awarded the prestigious Corporate Jamaica Broilers Fairplay 1st place Award for investigative journalism and is the recipient of the Caribbean Blog Award for coverage of the infamous Kartel murder trial. Fitz-Henley is also the recipient of the PM Youth Award for Excellence. Over the years, he has appeared as a guest on the BBC World Service and BBC London.