Cllr. Sherman Eyes Senatorial Seat?
Unity Party National Chair Cllr. Varney Sherman appears to have a strong desire in seeking elective post as demonstrated by a weekend visit to his native Grand Cape Mount County.
This paper has gathered reliably that the influential UP Executive is seriously considering contesting in the mid-year senatorial election in 2014.
Sources both within the corridors of the ruling party and Grand Cape Mount County have hinted that Cllr. Sherman wants to seek the senatorial position to politically prepare for the 2017 presidential race.
He lost the presidency in 2005, but there are speculations that the ruling party is critically discussing the likelihood of putting forth the renowned Liberian corporate lawyer as its candidate in 2017.
However, Unity Party Deputy Secretary General for Press and Public Affairs Neto Leghi Zarzar said Cllr. Sherman’s weekend visit to Grand Cape Mount does not indicate he wants to contest in the mid-year senatorial election, adding this is a normal activity of the UP Chair.
Zarzar pointed out that it is very early for people to begin to speculate on who wants to contest in the senatorial election, which is two years ahead. Notwithstanding, highly placed sources in Grand Cape Mount County hinted this paper that Cllr. Sherman is gearing up to face incumbent Senator Abel Massaley.
Over the weekend, Cllr. Sherman along with some key officials of the governing Unity Party, including Senator Edward Dagoseh toured several towns and districts in the county.
According to organizers of the event, the visit was intended to express thanks and appreciation to the people of Grand Cape Mount County for their support that led to the victory of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Senator Dagoseh and all other lawmakers, who contested on the tickets of the ruling party in the 2011 elections. During the tour, Cllr. Sherman donated about L$40,000 to the University Students Union of the Grand Cape Mount County.
Though he did not publicly declare his intention during the two- ay tour, but citizens of the county are very much aware of the real intent of the trip and they have begum mobilizing support for Sherman, one of their own.