By Ron Shillingford
Catherine Tyson, the author, broadcaster and columnist, is set to launch her political campaign to run as an independent in the general elections on May 24.
Ms. Tyson launches her campaign on Saturday, Feb. 18 at South Sound Dock from 6-9 p.m. on the dock’s launch ramp. She will contest the George Town South electoral district.
“I decided to run for office because I feel that women are underrepresented in the Legislative Assembly and the country at large,” Ms Tyson said. “Women make up the majority of the population so clearly something is wrong with this picture.
“All through history, women have been change agents and trailblazers. We have always had the ability to juggle our responsibilities and priorities in the home so it just makes sense that a new change should be for more women to do that in the government. I strongly believe that women need a seat at the table to help decide what our future will look like for our children, grandchildren and generations to come.”
The main points of her manifesto include family, education community, women’s issues and a social responsibility to all citizens.
Ms. Tyson’s is an author and media personality whose career spans many years in management, teaching and training. She is the producer and host of a television show, “Lighten Up with Catherine Tyson,” which is broadcast throughout the Caribbean and U.S. Her book “I’m Somebody’s Mama” is a humorous celebration of her life as a struggling single mother of three.
Ms. Tyson has a degree in psychology and a master’s degree in social work from Barry University in Florida.
She is a former civil servant of 16 years in the areas of social work and training and development. She left the government in 2013 with the intention of pursuing a place in the Legislative Assembly.
She is a trained counsellor and community worker whose life work has been with vulnerable individuals in various capacities for the past 18 years. She develops and conducts seminars, workshops and conferences for the Cayman Chamber of Commerce and privately to equip individuals with professional development for the business world.