Incumbent Member of Parliament (MP) for Castries Central and former Housing Minister, Richard Frederick, will be contesting the next elections, after he was endorsed by constituents on Tuesday.
During a town hall meeting, Frederick asked his supporters, whether he should join the race or not, and they responded in the affirmative, stating that he had done a a lot for the constituency.
Frederick said he was about to give up on politics, after he was kicked out of the opposition United Workers Party (UWP), but he decided to put aside his personal issues and think about the people.
The former minister said he is genuinely interested in uplifting the standard of living of people, developing the constituency and the people of the country, by making a huge difference.
He spoke about the work he has done during his term in office as MP for Castries Central, which includes developing Serenity Park and building courts in several parts of the constituency.
Frederick boasted that he was able to do way more than the two contenders, who were both MPs for the constituency at one point. He was referring to Stanley Felix and Sarah Flood Beaubrun.
Frederick was first elected as MP for Castries Central as an independent candidate, having won the by-election held on March 13, 2006. He was later endorsed by the UWP and was re-elected for the UWP in the general election of December 11, 2006.
He was selected in 2006 to serve as Minister for Housing, Urban Renewal and Local Government in the government of Prime Minister Sir John Compton.
Following Compton’s death in September 2007 and Stephenson King as prime minister, Frederick’s portfolio was then expanded to include Urban Renewal and Local Government.
Frederick ran for deputy leader of the UWP in 2008 but lost that battle. He was later forced to resign as cabinet minister in September 2011. His U.S. visa was also revoked.
He won his seat back for Castries Central during the 2011 General Elections.