On Sunday, People’s National Party (PNP) presidential hopeful, Mark Golding, officially kicked off his campaign with a virtual launch that boasted endorsements from a number of private sector heavyweights and veteran politicians.
The ‘Go With Golding’ one-hour event included presentations from Golding’s business colleagues Joseph M Matalon, Garfield Sinclair as well as Golding’s longtime business partner and friend, Chris Dehring.
Jamaican-American Actress Sheryl Lee Ralph also endorsed Golding. During her presentation, she revealed that she and Golding had worked on an album many years ago. Golding is a known lover of reggae and dancehall music, and was involved in music production in the early days of career. He was the co-owner of a music label in the late 1990s.
Ralph said that she had no doubt that he was going to well, citing his dedication to his work, integrity, commitment and passion.
Other presentations came from Senator Gabriela Morris, along with campaign spokesperson Patricia Duncan-Sutherland and campaign director Dr Angela Brown-Burke.
All spoke about their interactions with Golding in both professional and personal capacities and touted his leadership qualities.
Golding also received endorsements from president of the PNP Patriots Omar Newell, as well as a number of his St Andrew Southern constituency’s youth and community leaders. The launched has racked up over 17,000 views on Facebook since Sunday.
In the meantime, his opponent, Lisa Hanna says she will not launch any bank-breaking campaign for the presidency.
“I want a practical, pragmatic, compassionate campaign, which is relevant to the times that we are living in. Because it would be audacious, it would actually be almost obscene, if I was spending the kind of exorbitant money on running a very glitzy campaign… Mi a tell you dat straight. I cyaan find it in me,” said Hanna.
Her comments came one day after Golding’s campaign launch.
It is expected that today both presidential aspirants will receive the delegates list to be used in the November 7 internal polls, which will be conducted by the Electoral Office of Jamaica (EOJ).
Just over a year ago, 2,778 delegates voted in the leadership contest featuring Dr Peter Phillips and former Manchester Central Member of Parliament Peter Bunting.