More than 300 registered voters recently petitioned John Dio Kimber III to run for the lone seat now occupied by Representative James N. Biney.
Mr. Kimber is expected to run as an independent candidate for Electoral District #1 comprising Harper City and surrounding areas.
Mr. Kimber, who hails from Rock Town, Harper District, holds BA and MA degrees from the Université Felix H. Boigny of Cocody, Abidjan, La Côte d’ Ivoire, where his parents sought refuge during the Liberian civil war.
“The youth of this district deserve quality education; if we must provide quality education for our young generation, then I think there is a need to talk about training and equipping our teachers.
“We can do this by assisting them with scholarships to go for further studies and professional development programs to upgrade their knowledge so as to have more qualified teachers in schools and colleges,” Kimber said.
He also recalled that during the wet season, Maryland County is often cut-off from other parts of the country due to the deplorable road condition.
For that reason, Kimber said the situation makes the transportation of goods and services to and from the county difficult; and therefore, the situation should be fixed so that Marylanders can bring agricultural produce to Monrovia.
“We have the soil, we have the knowledge and what is now lacking is exactly what I am going to do to address them if I am elected at the upcoming polls,” Kimber assured.
He told the Daily Observer that, if elected, he will focus on the empowerment of the people of the district through education and agriculture.
He said: “I plan to work with several non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to continue their good work in the refugee camps in Harper District.”
Mr. Kimber said as a former refugee, he got his education because someone came to his aid, and pledged to do the same in Maryland if elected.
Born in Bewehn, Grand Kru County, Mr. Kimber joined William V. S. Tubman University in August 2012. He currently teaches courses in the French Language and English Literature, and is the chairman of the Department of Language Arts.
He worked with the Danish Refugee Council (DRC) and Finn Church Aid to select and train Ivorian teachers in the refugee camp’s high school in Harper District.
Mr. Kimber also serves as an interpreter and translator for the UNHCR, DRC and WFP sub-offices in Harper City.