Robert A. Sirleaf will contest the Senate seat for Montserrado County, following a petition he accepted Monday.
A group of citizens last Monday in the Samuel K. Doe (SKD) Community on Bushrod Island, petitioned Mr. Sirleaf to contest the 2014 Special Senatorial race.
Accepting the citizen’s request at a press conference Wednesday, July 16, Mr. Sirleaf told the gathering that “with abiding faith in the Almighty, and belief which is deeply-rooted in the will of our people for progress, today, I Robert A. Sirleaf announce my candidacy for Senator of Montserrado County; and we will go on this journey as an independent candidate.
“I will strive to reach across our differences in age, gender, religion and political parties because we should not be divided by these. I will listen to them, listen to their dreams, their hopes, their aspirations and together we will think forward to make those a reality,” he pledged.
According to him, rural and urban Montserrado are not separated by age, gender, religion or political views.
“Thinking forward and working together over the next nine years, “I will continue to close the opportunity gap and build a stronger, more prosperous county, a county we can proudly call one Montserrado,” Sirleaf added.
He said the post gives him “hope that is tangible; hope through change that you can see, hope you can feel; hope that speaks through actions and less through words.”
The 2014 Montserrado senatorial hopeful explained further that he has tried to show that any positions of privilege can be, and should be used to improve the living conditions of “our people,” knowing that caring for others does not only change lives but makes oneself better.
“I care that a public servant must put the interests of the people first, always serving the cause of the people rather than the cause of oneself,” he emphasized.
In addition, Mr. Sirleaf said our youth, like other young people around the world, will not only have a chance to play and be healthy in body, but will also go to community centers with high-speed internet and computers where they can sharpen their minds and expand their horizons.
Mr. Sirleaf said after citizens have serve their country, the country must repay them with special care and attention, and treat them with respect, recognition and dignity upon retirement.