Four collaborating political parties here endorse a daughter of businessman-turned politician Telia Urey and Abraham Darious Dillon of the Liberty Party as their candidates for the 02 July Montserrado County Senatorial and Representative by-elections, respectively.
Ms. Urey, daughter of former presidential candidate Benoni Urey of the All Liberian Party is being picked to contest for the House in Montserrado County Electoral District #15, while Dillon goes for the senate.
The parties include the former ruling Unity Party of former Vice President Joseph Boakai, opposition Liberty Party of Cllr. Charles Brumskine, the Alternative National Congress of ex-corporate executive, Alexander Cummings and the All Liberian Party of businessman-turned politician Benoni Urey.
In a news conference Wednesday, 15 May at the ANC headquarters in Monrovia, national chairman Senator Daniel Naatehnnotes that following consultation and in-house discussions among hierarchy of the four collaborating parties, they have agreed to support both individuals for the by-elections.
Dillon, who once contested here, but lost to the late Senator Geraldine Doe Sherif of the Congress for Democratic Change in 2009, says he (Dillon) was rookie then in politics especially, seeking for an elective post.
But he explains that he is now well familiar and his name has become a household name in every home and community, so the time is ripe for him to try his popularity.
He promised if elected, his first campaign will be disclosure of full salary, allowance and benefit of lawmakers for the sake of transparency and accountability.
The Liberty Party Vice Chairman for political affairs also vows to fight for cut of lawmakers’ salaries and benefits, suggesting that the best pay for a lawmaker should be US$5,000 per month, and that anything beyond would be dissentious to the Liberian people, who elect them.
For her part, MsTelia Urey says her work and full participation in the district will elect her to the Capitol. Asked about a residency clause within the district, Telia reveals that she owns property in the district and had resided there since.
She promises if elected, to work with young people by bringing employment, asking investors to come invest, and to network at home and abroad to ensure smooth working relationship with the people.
The two by-elections are in response to vacant seats created as a result of the death of Senator Geraldine Doe Sherif, who battled a protracted cancer and the demise of Representative Adolph Lawrence in a tragic motor accident along the Roberts International highways, respectively in February and March this year. By E. J. Nathaniel Daygbor–Editing by Jonathan Browne