Vincentian Lawyer, Israel Bruce has been selected by the NDP as their candidate for South Central Windward.

Israel also replaced Zita Barnwell as Senator in the House of Assembly for the Opposition New Democratic Party. Israel will be running against the current holder of the South Central Windward seat Hon Saboto Caesar, who is a member of the Unity Labor Party. Leader of the Opposition, Hon Godwin Friday, made the announcement today (January 21). Israel will serve alongside Kay Bacchus-Baptiste as another NDP Senator. When making the announcement, Hon Godwin Friday was sure to commend Zita Barnwell for a job well down while being a Senator of the NDP, “She served well in Parliament and did her duty to the opposition and to the people of St. Vincent and the Grenadines,” Friday proclaimed.

He went on to express that that she, “might be best remembered as a lawmaker for her focus on gender issues. We in the NDP were honored to have her serve in the Parliament and were grateful for her service and look forward to her continued work for the NDP and the people of SVG,” He said Bruce will be an effective voice and effective senator, adding that the new lawmaker has been active in public affairs all his life. He noted that Bruce is a former teacher and former member of the National Youth Council as well as a former public relations officer of the NDP.

He said that Bruce has sponsored and organised many activities and sponsored teams in South Central Windward, which he hopes to represent in Parliament. Friday said the new senator brings a rich history of public service to the House and will continue to serve the people of St. Vincent and the Grenadines and South Central Windward with vigor and good effect. “My colleagues and I are looking forward to working with him in Parliament and I know he relishes the opportunity to serve our country at this, the highest level, in Parliament,” Friday said.