Deputy Premier and Finance Minister Bob Richards announced Dr Grant Gibbons and Rodney Smith as One Bermuda Alliance (OBA) candidates in the July 18th General Election.

Speaking at a news conference at the Bishop Spencer School yesterday, Mr Richards said both candidates have “outstanding records of public service and private enterprise”.

Dr Gibbons, who is the Minister of Economic Development, will run in Constituency 22 Paget East where he has held the seat since 1994. Mr Smith will run in Constituency 21 Pembroke South East where the seat is currently held by Progressive Labour Party MP Rolfe Commissiong.

While noting that he has “seen Bermuda in good times and bad”, Dr Gibbons said: “With discipline and determination, the OBA government has moved Bermuda forward.

“You can see the results from one end of the island to the other. You can feel the confidence returning,” he said.

Mr Smith urged Bermuda’s electorate to give the OBA administration time to complete the efforts started five years ago.

“We’re coming back today to say stand with us in 2017 – let us finish the work we began in 2012.”

As a resident of Constituency 15, Mr Smith spoke of the community effort that led to a legal victory against Belvin’s over the sale of alcohol. As an OBA candidate, Mr Smith said: “I want to bring those skills, transfer them to Constituency 21, and help them clean up some of the areas that we have there.”

He also highlighted the work done to address the plight of the homeless with the Salvation Army, which has been granted use of the Bishop Spencer School property for a new shelter. Mr Richards said funds will be allocated to transform the site into a shelter in due course.