Lisa Morris-Julien

given the nod: Mayor of Arima Lisa Morris-Julien is all smiles after she received the news that she was given the nod by the PNM screening committee yesterday at the Queen’s Hall, Port of Spain, to contest the D’Abadie/O’Meara seat in the upcoming general election. —Photo: JERMAINE CRUICKSHANK

Arima Mayor Lisa Morris-Julian is the People’s National Movement’s (PNM) candidate for D’Abadie/O’Meara, repla­cing Ancil Antoine, whose candidacy was withdrawn last Sunday.

Morris-Julian, who was recommended by the constituency executive, was approved by the party’s screening committee last evening following the completion of the screening exercise at the Queen’s Hall in Port of Spain.

Morris-Julian is also the public relations officer of the .

A former schoolteacher and Ca­ribbean Examinations Council (CXC) examiner, she is the granddaughter of a former Arima mayor Leroy Morris.

D’Abadie/O’Meara forms part of the Arima Borough, and Morris-Julian has represented the local government district of Arima Central, which forms part of the D’Abadie/O’Meara constituency. She has represented the country at international fora in Brazil and Germany.

Morris-Julian is the fourth head of a regional corporation to become a candidate in this general election.

The others are Point Fortin Mayor Kennedy Richards, Diego Martin Regional Corpora­tion chairman Symon De Nobriga and Vandana Mohit, the Chaguanas Mayor who became the United National Congress (UNC) candidate for Chaguanas West.

This means there will be four local government by-elections.

Morris-Julian was one of the people who had allegedly been chastised by Antoine at a campaign meeting two weeks ago.

Antoine, last Saturday, in prai­sing the Dr Keith Rowley Government for its handling of the Covid-­19 pandemic, contrasted this performance with that of American President Donald Trump.

He said Trump had not followed the advice of his scientists and experts and now America had become a “s---hole country”.