Pharaoh is a powerful title associated with kings of ancient Egypt, but Saint Lucia’s ‘Pharaoh’ is not interested in royalty, his only focus is to help improve the lives of people of Dennery South and to become their next parliamentary representative.
Jerome ‘Pharaoh’ Gideon, who was selected to contest the Dennery South seat under a Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP) ticket, said he has what it takes, to take his constituency back to days of its former glory.
Gideon told St. Lucia News Online (SNO) today (Jan.5) that he is elated to have been selected to contest the next elections, but is mainly concerned about getting work done for his constituency.
“It has always been a thought in my mind that at some point in time of my life, I would be faced with this. And this I find right now, is an opportune time for me to do what I can for my constituency,” he said.
The current Dennery South Constituency Council chairman revealed that there are many issues affecting the people of Dennery South and he would like to see how best he could help address them.
Gideon told SNO that he is not interested in the petty talks and the sometimes “unnecessary” debates among the two major political parties, but he is focused on the bigger issues facing the people.
The SLP politician admitted that it is sometimes hard to focus on these problems, when there is filth being spewed in the air by politicians, who are only focused on scoring political points.
However, Gideon, who specializes in youth and community development, said that would like to see some changes in the sporting culture in Dennery South.
“What existed before, as it relates to sports, was for me “formidable”. We were considered a force to be reckoned with in sports. Not just in football, but in all aspects,” he explained.
The council chairman is confident that this reputation can be restored, if more emphasis is placed on expanding and developing sports in the constituency, so that youths can ply their trade as sports professionals.
“There are tremendous benefits that could be derived from sports. My aim is to afford young and willing individuals an opportunity to at least achieve things by using sports as a profession,” he added.
In addition to this, the SLP candidate believes that there is also potential for entrepreneurship in sports.
He said in light of refurbishment of the playing fields, vendors in the constituency, can set up shop at sporting and cultural events, which takes place at these facilities.
At present, Dennery South is said to be divided along political lines, but Gideon is committed to ensuring that this issue is addressed, and is willing to bring some cohesiveness and make the community “one again.”
While admitting that it could be a challenge to contest against the incumbent United Workers Party (UWP) MP for Dennery South, Edmund Estephane, who has been elected twice to that post, Gideon told SNO that he is nevertheless still very much confident that he will be able to unseat him.
“This is based on my involvement in the community and knowledge of persons as it relates to me as a community individual and also as an educator. I see it as an advantage,” he disclosed.
Gideon was referred to as “new blood” by Prime Minister Dr. Kenny Anthony, when he and two other colleagues were announced as SLP candidates in December 2015.