PHILIPSBURG:--- A core group of community leaders came together on Sunday, February 12, to form a powerful 'Committee to Elect Cloyd Ohndhae Marlin to the Parliament of St. Maarten.'
The atmosphere was filled with excitement as cheers were heard from a distance.
Ohndhae Marlin opened the meeting with a word of welcome, followed by Benjamin Bell former St. Maarten Christian Party (SMCP) candidate, who blessed the meeting with a word of prayer, as well as the St. Maarten Song.
The Hon. Member of Parliament Wiliiam Marlin passed the political mantle onto his son, Cloyd 'Ohndhae' Marlin, with a promise to passionately support his son's impending campaign. Marlin senior shared his full confidence in his son's qualities and capabilities to lead the campaign to victory, and St. Maarten to progress, sharing that "a promise made by Ohndhae is a promise kept."
The cheers reverberated louder when former Commissioner, Island Council Member, and Member of Parliament, Louis Laveist endorsed 'Ohndhae for Parliament and officially passed on the mantra: "Man of Action," based on Ohndhae's proven track record as the 'People's Leader,' who actively knows how to get things done.
The cheers and rounds of applause continued louder when local poet, artist, former educator, politician, and debate coach Roberto Arrindell recited a moving poem, entitled: “It's Time!” Arrindell also pledged his support for Ohndhae's campaign, stating: "I am a man of my word and I give Ohndhae my word, which I intend to keep. I entrust him with my vote and full confidence that he is the right man to represent the people of St. Maarten."
Also, part of the 'Committee to Elect Cloyd Ohndhae Marlin' are former National Alliance (N.A.) and United People's Party (UP) candidate Terry Peterson, Dr. Randall Friday, Addie Richardson, better known as Shadz, Grace Sprott aka Sugar, Radio Personality Joanne Martimbor-Lewis, School Manager Jacqueline Duggins-Horsford, Nicole Williams-Winter, a Teacher, Martha Thewett, a Civil Servant and former N.A. Candidate, Dione Kirton, Owner of Queen Security, and many more, formed a Core Team of over 100 community leaders.
The Committee to Elect Cloyd Ohndhae Marlin to Parliament dubbed the “C4-P Committee” is comprised of members ranging from diverse professional backgrounds, including School Managers and Teachers, Bankers, Civil Servants, Doctors, Lawyers, Business Entrepreneurs and Professionals, Marketing, Media and Communications Specialists, Community Activists, as well as the hardworking boys on the block, along with a large number of former Politicians.
Together, everyone echoed the sentiment that it is indeed "TIME" for Cloyd Ohndhae Marlin to take his rightful place at the forefront of the political arena, after working tirelessly over the past years on countless successful election campaigns for others.
In addition, the following community leaders were elected as "C4-P" Campaign Board Members: ⁷
-William Marlin, Campaign Manager
-Laura Leblanc, Campaign Assistant
-President, Roy Lynch
-Vice-President, Chantal Bryan
-Treasurer, Cassandra Webster
-Secretary Mila Williams Webster
-Public Relations and Communications Manager, Jacqueline Louis