Terry Peterson announces UP-candidacy, distances himself from the National Alliance

POSTED: 07/1/14 1:38 AM

St. Maarten – Terry Peterson announced this weekend that he will be a candidate for the United People’s party (UP) in the August 29 elections. In a statement that runs nearly 1,100 words, Peterson distances himself from the National Alliance and embraces the UP.

The candidate says that he wants to work with Parliament “to protect and preserve our natural and cultural heritage” and to act immediately “on plans to expand and upgrade the St. Maarten Medical center into a world-class hospital.”

Peterson furthermore promises “to uplift and develop St. Maarten’s human capital, keep taxes and utility costs low and create decent paying jobs.”

Other points on his agenda are funding for renovation and maintenance of low-income homes, revitalizing neighborhoods, and upgrading school infrastructure, teaching resources and recreational centers.

“We must make education relevant to our time, environment, culture and labor market, and create a career pathway for at-risk youth of 16 to 24 through mentorship, training and skills building.”

Peterson also intends to “champion the issues of the poor, vulnerable and marginalized.”

In January, Peterson announced his departure from the National Alliance, where he served as the president of the party’s first congress. After 10-10-10, disappointment took over, as Peterson wrote in a letter he made public himself: “I watched as our party quickly abandoned its country agenda and sidelined the mandate of the people in order to satisfy individual greed and pursue ambiguous pipedreams and individual legacies.”

He also described the National Alliance’s party culture as ‘deteriorating, dysfunctional and complacent” and wrote that “inflated egos are not conducive to the kind of will, competence, innovation, imagination, vision or capacity needed to lift this country to economic stability, growth and prosperity.”

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