Former teacher and Barbuda Peoples Movement (BPM) candidate, Asha Frank, said her political aspirations are rooted in her interest in the development of Barbuda and the need for a political arena that does not favour character assassination.
Frank was nominated as the BPM representative to run against Andrae Lee of the Antigua & Barbuda Labour Party (ABLP) in the March 27 by-election to fill the vacant seat on the Barbuda Council.
“I’m fed up of the slandering, calling people’s names,” Frank said. “I’m hoping to bring a fresh perspective on politics in Antigua, and particularly Barbuda.”
She noted that during her first speech on the BPM ticket she said, “I am not going to stand on the platform to talk about the things that we have not done or talk about people personally especially because Barbuda is such a small place.”
Frank also called upon her opponent to stay away from the current political scheme although it may be ‘difficult because that is what the majority is doing’, as she encouraged Lee to be mindful of what makes the public domain.
Frank’s father, Mackenzie Frank is the current general secretary of the BPM, but the candidate said her mother is the “main influence” since the pair has always maintained open discussions about life in Barbuda.
“The decision to run is my decision … a lot of people have been saying it’s because my father has kind of pushed me into it; definitely not,” she said.
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