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Joe Issa Congratulates Dr. Dunn on Winning St. Mary SE By-election

Civic leader and popular St. Ann businessman Joe Issa has congratulated Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) candidate Dr. Norman Dunn following his decisive victory over People’s National Party (PNP) candidate Dr. Shane Alexis in the just concluded by-election for the St Mary South Eastern seat, stating he has confidence in the ability and willingness of Dr. Dunn to become a fine member of parliament.

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Dr. Dunn (left) and PM Holness                            Issa interacts with staff

Dr. Norman Dunn reportedly reversed his narrow five-vote loss in St. Mary South Eastern 20 months ago to now-deceased Dr. Winston Green, by soundly whipping political newcomer Dr. Shane Alexis by more than 900 votes. This is said to have happened on the exact date when the JLP registered a landslide victory over the PNP 37 years ago, the Jamaica Observer wrote.

“The work has just begun. We can celebrate tonight because we should, but tomorrow is a new day for South East St Mary,” Dr. Dunn was quoted saying to a jubilant crowed of supporters at a victory rally in the Annotto Bay square bus park following the election results, which showed he had polled 8,176 votes to Alexis’s 7,230.

A similar message is said to have been delivered by Prime Minister and JLP leader Andrew Holness.

“While we bask in the glory and victory of tonight, tomorrow we go back to our reality. And I want you to understand that I appreciate the reality that you have been living; that I come from that reality; and that I am committed with 100 per cent of everything I have, and I know the same for my team, to [change] the condition of the life of the people. After this election I cannot forget the people of South East St Mary,” the prime minister reportedly told the horn-blowing supporters.

He added: “As leader of the Jamaica Labour Party I have tasted the agony of defeat, and I have also tasted the thrill of victory. And Labourites, for a long time, yearned for the thrill of victory; and now we see our party emerging not only as victorious but a party that has substance behind it.”

The result increases the ruling JLP’s seats in the House of Representatives to 33, compared to the Opposition PNP’s 30.