Residents of Montserrado County Electoral District#12 are congratulating Representative-elect, Dr. George Beyan Samah on his victory against several opponents in the October 10th, elections. Dr. Samah defeated incumbent Lawmaker Richmond Anderson by 7,086 votes or 22.1 percent against Anderson’s 4,218 votes or 13.2 percent to ascend to the district’s seat.
Speaking to this paper, some residents say Dr. Samah’s victory came right in time when the district needs a man like him to rescue it from alleged bad governance. They note that the level of work Samah had already done in District#12 is a clear manifestation that he will do more. However, critics say development carried by the in-coming lawmaker was just a strategy he employed to win the minds of voters in electing him.
At the same others say they would wait to see his actual plan for the district, expressing skepticism whether he will not feel complacent like his predecessor, Anderson. When asked by this paper what were the contributing factors that led to candidates, including Rep. Richmond Anderson losing to Dr. Samah, some note that the incumbent failed to reach out to the people due to complacency, believing that he would have easily retained his seat based on past performance at the poll in 2011.
Speaking of former Representative (2005) Dave Koomey, some residents say he didn’t do anything while he served in the Lower House, adding that there is nothing to show for his leadership or representation. They continue that Koomey wasted his chances in the House, hoping on the ‘vote one, vote all’ strategy adapted by the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) which ticket he contested on.
Some CDCians disclose they voted for Senator George Weah as Standard Bearer and not Candidate Koomey, because he failed, and could not be trusted with leadership again. Other says the governing Unity Party Candidate Augustus Zazay lost the poll because of his attitude exhibited in 2011, when he lost to Anderson, and subsequently left the district only to return for the 2017 elections after abandoning them for six long years.
By Samuel P. Kamara-Editing by Jonathan Browne