(CNS Elections): Local businessman and activist, Matthew Leslie, has declared his intentions to run as an independent candidate in the General Election in the new constituency of Prospect, on the borders of George Town. This is Leslie’s second attempt on the political stage; last time he ended up with the ‘wooden spoon’ after polling the lowest percentage of votes of any candidate, but he also spent the least amount of money with an entirely on-line based campaign.
This time, with so many other candidates using social media as their main campaign thrust, Leslie may have been ahead of his time.
He told CNS that he will be utilizing the internet and social media again but will also adopt some more traditional methods and broaden his message. Leslie has been an active player in the community since failing to gain a seat 2013, especially trying to assist the homeless and raise awareness of some of the challenges people at the bottom of the socio-economic system in Cayman face. Having increased his profile on the ground, he will be hoping to do a lot better this time around.
He is the second candidate to declare for the seat, which sits on the eastern borders of the capital and where Leslie grew up. The only other candidate to have declared in Prospect so far is Allan Wagner, who, having declared himself a Christian conservative, appears to be conducting a very low-key campaign. The field is likely to fill up a little but the clock is ticking on declarations, with just over a week to go before Nomination Day.
Leslie, who managed to secure just 17 votes from the polling stations covering the Prospect community last time, said he wants to run a positive campaign and put that behind him as things have changed.
Running under the slogan “Together we choose solutions”, Leslie said he has demonstrated that his strength lies in mobilizing people to action.
Speaking to his potential voters, he said, “As your representative of government, I will aggressively negotiate with governmental departments to direct resources to assist situations and needs more appropriately.”