Having lost the 2011 representative election, a former employee of the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning (MFDP), Mrs. Grace Bemah Yates, said she has adequately prepared herself to contest again for the representative seat of Electoral District #9 in Montserrado County in the 2017 elections.
The seat is currently occupied by Rep. Munah Pelham Youngblood.
Rep. Youngblood was elected to the post during the general and presidential elections in 2011 on the ticket of the Congress for Democratic Change (CDC).
Mrs. Yates declared her candidacy recently at the official opening of the headquarters of the “Friends of Grace Bemah Yates” (FGBY); a ceremony which coincided with the hoisting of the flags in Sinkor, near the James Spriggs Payne Airport.
“The opening of this office is the continuation of a process that I embarked on more than eight years ago. I want to represent you in the House of Representatives to develop your district,” Madam Yates told her supporters.
“I have been motivated to contest the seat come 2017 because I have the political will to deliver for the people of District #9, who over the years have been denied their rightful place with respect to achieving the needed developments,” she stated.
Mrs. Yates said the reason she decided to contest for the seat again is to fulfill her previous promises, which include bringing development to the district.
“I will be that representative, the people’s representative,” she declared to the delight of the audience.
According to her, she is not only contesting for the seat, but will win and lead the people by introducing important bills at the Legislature that will benefit Liberians.
“When elected, I will address the urgent need for water and sanitation, education, economic empowerment and most importantly, community development, which will be the hallmark of my administration,” Mrs. Yates said.
She thanked the residents “for the warm reception” and called on them, especially the women, to make the right choice while casting their ballots in 2017.
In remarks, speakers representing the residents praised Mrs. Yates for her humanitarian initiatives over the years, and promised to elect her no matter the odds.
“Mrs. Yates, we the residents promise to vote for you,” said Abraham Kanneh, chairman of the FGBY in the district, while a delighted Gibson Saybioh promised on behalf of the residents to rally behind Mrs. Yates, “because you are a woman and a God-fearing person.”