In this episode we feature JLP Candidate and Incumbent MP for East Portland, Ann-Marie Vaz. She was born Ann-Marie Theresa Lyew on 13 March 1966 and raised in the Duff House district, bordering Manchester Parish and Saint Elizabeth Parish. Lyew lived with her grandmother, mother, and half-sister Trisha Thompson, among other relatives.
Ann-Marie Vaz contested the 4 April 2019 by-election for the Portland Eastern constituency as a member of the Jamaica Labour Party, and faced the People’s National Party candidate Damion Crawford. A preliminary vote count by the Electoral Office of Jamaica favored Vaz, as did the final result. This was the largest turnout for any election in Portland Eastern. Vaz became the first woman to represent Portland Eastern, as well as the first Jamaica Labour Party politician from the constituency to be seated in parliament.
Please Note: In the 2016 General Elections, Lynvale Bloomfield (PNP) won by 8580 (57.24%) against Derron Wood (JLP) 6345 (42.33%). Ann-Marie Vaz won in a by-election in 2019 against the PNPs Damion Crawford following the death of Dr. Lynvale Bloomfield. She received over 3,000 more votes than Derron Wood in 2016.
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