Jessee James Clarke, speaking with 'Morning Agenda' host Jodian Quarrie
Jesse James Clarke, the People's National Party's caretaker for the Trafalgar Division in the Kingston and St. Andrew Municipal Corporation has revealed he had been working in the area for the last year.
He replaced Councillor Kari Douglas who joined the Jamaica Labour Party on Tuesday.
Mr. Clarke said he was given permission to be in the division after Miss Douglas indicated to the constituency executive that she would be seeking to represent another division.
Speaking Thursday on the Morning Agenda on Power 106, Mr. Clarke said after Tuesday's development, he was given the nod to be the PNP's representative in the Trafalgar division.
Mr. Clarke said he acted like a substitute and had no conflict with Miss Douglas during his year of campaigning.
He said residents in the division are not happy about Miss Douglas's move to join the JLP - a move they feel has violated the democratic process since they voted to elect her as councillor while she was a member of the PNP.
Asked whether he shared Kari Douglas's view that the PNP is ignoring the views of its members, Mr. Clarke said that had not been his experience.
"I've been mentored from I entered the People's National Party and I'm very happy for that guidance," he said.
Among her reasons for leaving the PNP, Miss Douglas said she was deeply concerned that the party has not displayed enough commitment to national development, listening to the people and creating policies to meet their needs.