Shanendon Cartwright and Dr Duane Sands pictured with supporters on Friday.
By RASHAD ROLLE
Tribune Senior Reporter
SHANENDON Cartwright and Dr Duane Sands won the headline races at the Free National Movement’s convention on Friday, completing the party’s leadership team as it recovers from last year’s overwhelming general election loss.
According to unofficial results, Mr Cartwright won the deputy leadership race with 332 votes, while his opponent Adrian White received 101 votes.
Dr Sands, meanwhile, won 183 votes in the race for chairman, while Elsworth Johnson received 169 and Michael Foulkes 83.
Mr Cartwright’s candidacy got a boost after he won St Barnabas, an inner-city constituency, in an election won by the Progressive Liberal Party. His feat brought attention to what supporters say is his conciliatory and hands-on approach to constituency representation.
In the chairmanship race that featured two prominent former Minnis administration cabinet ministers, Dr Sands held off Mr Johnson and told The Tribune afterwards that he is jubilant and ready to get to work.
“I think the first thing is to take stock of our situation at headquarters and begin the process of building on what we had there to make it more responsible to the needs of community associations so they can build and flourish,” he said. “We have to also convene a conclave to look at our defeat in September and look forensically at what went wrong.”
Mr Cartwright said the FNM’s convention results mark a resurgence in the party.
A total of 101 people offered themselves for party positions at the FNM’s three-day convention, which ends Friday night.
Don Saunders and Heather Hunt were elected to the deputy chairman posts while Lincoln Deal, Travis Robinson, D’Angelo Ferguson, Richard Johnson and David Thompson were elected to the vice chairman positions.
Mavis Vanderpool and Jennifer Isaacs Dotson were elected to the deputy secretary general posts.
Carlyle Bethel, Brian Brown, Marco Carey, Sharon Davis and Ursula Dean were elected assistant treasurers.
Shango Woodside, Lester Dawkins, Michell Wood, Denarii Rolle, Erin Moss, Alvin Brown Sr, Laverne Howe, Andrew Burrows, Jennifer Clear and Felton Cox were elected trustees.