It is official. Former People’s National Movement (PNM) Tobago Council Public Relations Officer and Councillor, Dr Denise Tsoiafatt-Angus, is an independent candidate in the Tobago House of Assembly (THA) elections, scheduled for Monday 25 January 2020.
There was an air of excitement as she entered the Glen Road Returning Officer compound to file her nomination papers on Monday morning, for the Scarborough/Calder Hall seat.
Her entry interrupted the media interview with her former PNM colleague, the PNM’s incumbent Marslyn Melville-Jack.
Melville-Jack was at the time expressing confidence in taking home the seat for her party.
Asked if Tsoiafatt-Angus presented a threat to her winning the seat, she replied:
“My chances have always been great.”
Speaking to the media after filing her papers, Tsoiafatt-Angus says the statistics show she will win seat.
“I am confident of winning the seat… our polls say that. I want to thank those who answered honestly to the poll.”
The two women faced the party’s Screening Committee and Melville-Jack got the nod.
Tsoiafatt-Angus’ supporters were upset and wrote their party’s hierarchy for a change in the candidates.
The other candidate vying for the seat is Progressive Democratic Patriots (PDP) newcomer Trevor James.
If Tsoiafatt-Angus wins the district, she will be the second candidate to ever win a seat on an independent ticket since electoral politics began in the THA in 1980.
The first was Deborah Moore-Miggins in 1996. She represented the Bethel/Mt Irvine district.