Women make up 25.3% of election field

| 30/03/2017 | 15 Comments
Cayman News Service

Lucille Seymour

(CNS Elections): Just over a quarter of the candidates nominated for the 2017 General Election are women, which is a promising advance on the road to political equality. But given that women make up more than half of the population, they are still under-represented at the ballot box. Of the sixteen women from a field of 63 candidates half are independents, but the PPM has more women on its team than the CDP. Despite the increase of female candidates compared to previous years, there are still seven constituencies from the nineteen new seats where there are no women at all on the ballot.

Eight women have been nominated as independents and two are running on the Cayman Democratic Party ticket. Of the 16 women contesting the election, eight are doing so for the first time; and of the eleven that have contested elections before, five have served at least one term. Juliana O’Connor-Connolly is the only female candidate contesting this election to have served more than one term.

The PPM leader said the Progressives had made history, with more than a third of their candidates being female. He said he was “particularly proud of the fact that we have such a large percentage of strong women as part of our team”.

Running on the PPM ticket are: Lucille Seymour (PRO), who served as a George Town MLA in the 2005-2009 administration; Daphne Orrett (WBW), who served in the LA for West Bay between 1984 and 1988; Juliana O’Connor-Connolly (CBE), the most experienced of the female candidates; Heather Bodden (SAV), a former MLA for Bodden Town in the 1995-2000 parliament; first time candidate Maxine Bodden-Robinson (BTW), a lawyer with Maples and Calder; and longstanding PPM member Barbara Connolly (GTS).

The Cayman Democratic Party is fielding their party chair Tessa Bodden (GTE), who is running for the first time, while Pearlina McGaw Lumsden (GTN) will be making her second attempt for a George Town seat. She first entered the political arena in 2009 on the UDP ticket where she secured just under 31% of the vote.

The eight independents include Maxine Moore (CBWLC) from Little Cayman, who, despite losing her deposit a number of times, has fought for a Sister Islands seat in at least four elections. Tara Rivers, the education and gender affairs minister, is hoping to be returned to the LA in the constituency of West Bay South where she will be up against another independent female candidate and first time political hopeful, Laura Young.

Other independent women candidates in West Bay are newcomers Sarah Orrett-Ebanks (WBN) and Kathy Ebanks-Wilks (WBC).

In George Town, the independent female candidates are: local attorney Karin Thompson (GTN), best known for her family law work, who will be making her political debut as an independent up against McGaw-Lumsden; talk show host Catherine Tyson (GTS), facing off against Connolly on the PPM ticket; Sharon Roulstone (GTE), who contested the 2013 election on the Coalition for Cayman ticket, making her second appearance at the ballot box against Tessa Bodden from the CDP.

Click on the district names to see who these women are running against.

See the full Election Section map here


Category: Candidates

Comments (15)

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  1. David Shibli says:

    Ms. Roulstone came very close last time. I am encouraged to see her running again. I believe she will bring some much needed hope to the electorate.
    I feel that the influence of strong women is a wonderful asset in any government.

  2. Prospect ladies Unlimited says:

    Yes some people need to stop using neighborhood watch and government talk show host to garner votes and newspaper “partners” to write dey speeches i see ya deh lulu time for some to leave the political scene to those who can get the job done and not those looking for a comfortable retirement package.

  3. Very Interesting says:

    I see some strong women on the ticket such as Ms. Lucille, Roulston, SaySay and Katherine; and then some really weak ones who I would hope will not make it in. Women like Lumsden who continue to try to use her affiliations to keep other women down and then Ms. Bodden who’s daughter can’t seem to support her yet. What does that say about her? Is the fact that she’s Sir Johnson’s daughter enough? I dear say not.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Why have more women not put themselves forward?

  5. PPM Distress Signal says:

    A strong Caymanian who sleeps through LA debates and sessions who collects two pensions no less i agree with the phony part

  6. Anonymous says:

    Next thing you know we will be letting them vote.

  7. Anonymous says:

    This district will show the real story of where Cayman is a nation. We have and admitted woman beater and domestic abuser. We have a big phony that promotes and funds bringing a porn star to the island for entertainment. And then we have a woman who has dedicated her life to helping others and giving all of herself to promote her country and to bring up all the women in Cayman.

  8. Anonymous says:

    Strong Caymanian woman? What a joke! LOL …. hot tamales!

  9. Anonymous says:

    While we are on this topic of empowering women, let us remember the way that this candidate treats women.. and worst thing is he got away with it with just a mere slap on the wrist, shameful he is even running.


    • Anonymous says:

      If he gets elected, I will eat my hat. I beg all Prospect voters to not vote in the DOMESTIC ABUSER Austin Harris! He admitted it but he got away with it and let’s face it – a leopard does not change his spots. We do NOT want him representing us! Kick him to the curb and bring in Ms Lucille!

  10. Anonymous says:

    She’ll put a smile upon your face
    And take you to that higher place
    So don’t you under estimate
    The strength of a woman

  11. Anonymous says:

    And in Prospect the election field consists of an admitted wife beater, a phony and a strong Caymanian woman.

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