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March 08, 2021
The Hon. Cleone Stapleton- Simmonds, the former teacher, now lawyer, celebrated her first year as a Member of Parliament for St. Thomas’ Parish (Nevis 5) in the Nevis Island Assembly following her historic win in the March 05, 2020 by-election.
Hon. Stapleton-Simmonds worked hard to maintain the Nevis Reformation Party (NRP) stronghold seat previously held by long-time serving Parliamentarian and former political leader of the NRP, Mr. Joseph Parry, who retired from politics in 2020.
The Cotton Ground village native had a short-term election strategy as she campaigned voraciously to be the first elected female parliamentarian for the NRP.
Mrs. Stapleton- Simmonds, the young mother of two, wife, and career woman continued visiting her constituents regularly with holiday gifts, food packages, or just a simple house-call to see how her constituents are doing since that victorious day on March 05, 2020, when she secured 514 votes over the Concerned Citizens Movement (CCM) Candidate Mr. Keith Scarborough’s 191 votes.
To commemorate her first anniversary, Hon. Stapleton-Simmonds celebrated with a calendar of events:
On Thursday, March 04 she appeared on the popular 2020 Vision Radio “Tell Me” program.
Friday, March 05 – Mass Canvassing and Food drive at Jessups Village and Ludo’s Games at Tammy’s Bar.
Saturday, March 06 – Community Outreach in Cotton Ground and Domino Competition in Barnes Ghaut at Cherry Tree Bar.
And on Sunday, March 07 – Church Service at Bethel Apostolic Church followed by a Domino Competition in Barnes Ghaut from and the celebration concluded with a Fun Day at the Cotton Ground Playfield.
May 11, 2021
Dr. Patricia Bartlette is NRP's New Candidate for Nevis 2
Brown Hill Village in Nevis was the place to be on Saturday, May 08, 2021, for the electrifying and dynamic candidacy launch of Dr. Patricia Bartlette, the Nevis Reformation Party’s (NRP) new candidate for Nevis 2 (St. John’s Parish), who will contest the seat in the upcoming Nevis Island Assembly elections.
Dr. Bartlette, the first Nevisian woman to be trained as a Veterinarian, addressed supporters and well-wishers of the NRP who came out in their numbers to witness the launch which was virtually attended by more than six thousand people in the diaspora.
Highlighting some of the challenges people face in her constituency and by extension the island of Nevis, Dr. Bartlette who previously served as President of the Brown Hill Community Management Team focused on long term employment opportunities and community development programs.
“Right now, unemployment amongst our high school graduates is not only at an all time high but it is at an unacceptable level. My proposal is to establish a National Service Programme to groom our school leavers. This program would give our youths an opportunity to develop discipline, good manners, skills and job experiences in a climate that promotes patriotism while at the same time offering them a stipend until they find employment.
Why can’t our workforce of plumbers, carpenters, electricians etc pool their resources to create medium and large construction companies. We must retrain as well as provide targeted funding to facilitate our people working together to form partnerships, and to establish viable companies that can thrive,” Dr. Bartlette said.
With more than 40 years of working experience in the field of Agriculture, the born and raised Brown Hill resident spoke to the cultivation of Marijuana by local cannabis farmers.
“We plant the ganja but some of us don’t have the expertise so I say it is time we train our prospective cannabis farmers in the best practices in the business so that when the cannabis industry opens up in the federation, our own people will be well trained and well positioned to take advantage of the opportunities…”.
Dr. Bartlette was showered with ringing endorsements from NPR's Leader, Dr. Janice Daniel-Hodge, Deputy Leader the Hon. Cleone Stapleton-Simmonds, Party Chairman and former Parliamentary Representative for St. John’s, Hensley Daniel, DiQuanja Williams of the NRP Youth Arm, family members and fellow villagers as well as famous gospel singer out of St. Vincent and the Grenadines Evangelist Bridget Blucher.
“I stop by with excitement to give a word of endorsement to my friend and sister Dr. Patricia Bartlette. May God bless you, may he give you new direction and vision as you embark on this journey for the further development of the beautiful island of Nevis. I know you’re going to do a magnificent job so therefore it is with total excitement that I endorse you…”.
Dr. Bartlette served the community and by extension the island of Nevis in a number of groups and organizations. She is currently a panelist on the VON Radio’s talk show “Let’s Talk”, served as Chairperson of the Culturama Committee, Director and Corporate Secretary of the National Bank Trust Company and Coordinator of the Brown Hill Shopping Club.
To date, the NRP has officially launched two of its four new candidates for the upcoming Nevis Island Assembly elections constitutionally due in 2022. The Hon. Cleone Stapleton-Simmonds, who was officially launched in February 2020, is the Parliamentary Representative following her win in the March 05, 2020 by-election in Nevis 5 (St. Thomas’ Parish).
April 13, 2021
Dr. Janice Hodge-Daniel Is the Political Leader of the Nevis Reformation Party
St Kitts and Nevis (WINN): The 50-year-old Nevis Reformation Party (NRP) is now the first major political party in St. Kitts and Nevis to elect a woman to its top position.
At the party’s convention Sunday (September 13), the daughter of the party’s founder and first leader Dr. Simeon Daniel, Dr. Janice Daniel-Hodge was elected President and party leader.
Dr. Daniel-Hodge and NRP Representative in the Nevis Island Assembly Cleone Stapleton-Simmonds competed for the top spot, the first time in the nation’s history that the top party contenders were women.
The new NRP leader Dr. Daniel -Hodge holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology from St. Francis College, a Master of Science degree in Microbiology from Alabama A&M University, and earned her doctorate from the University of the Virgin Islands with a PH.D.
Dr. Daniel-Hodge replaces Mr. E. Robelto Hector who led the NRP from 2018 to 2020.
April 13, 2021
Positive Family Values and Strong Role Models Credited for their Successes say NRP Women
The celebration of International Women’s Day continued on Nevis with dynamic women within the Nevis Reformation Party (NRP) being featured on a panel discussion on Thursday, March 18 at the Franklyn Browne Community Centre.
Moderated by Dr. Andrea Bussue, Chairperson of NRP’s Women’s Arm, the discussion featured a conversation surrounding the life journey of the panelists where it was revealed that positive family values and strong role models are to be credited for their successes.
Political Leader of the NRP, Dr. Janice Daniel-Hodge reminisced on the life lessons and values that her father, the late Right Excellent Dr. Sir Simeon Daniel, instilled in her. She attributed her successes today to him, noting that he taught her that “no one should determine your destiny, we are all equal, we should treat others the way we would want to be treated.”
Hon. Cleone Stapleton-Simmonds, the NRP’s Deputy Leader and Member of Parliament for Nevis 5 said the most influential person in her life was her grandmother.
“She had an amazing source of strength and she was actively involved in the community, particularly Cotton Ground, so from her, I learned qualities such as serving and representing people,” Stapleton-Simmonds said, adding that her grandmother was “very dedicated, committed, and loyal.” “Those are values that I took with me throughout my professional career, and thus explains my strong sense of determination and purpose,” Hon. Stapleton-Simmonds said.
Public Relations Officer of NRP’s Women’s Arm, Communications Specialist, and aspiring politician Ms. Jaedee Caines ascribed her successes in life to her mother, Ms. Jean Caines, as she stressed the importance of being okay with one’s imperfections.
“She has shown me that it is okay to not be perfect. Sometimes we go through life thinking that everything should be perfect…all the I’s dotted and T’s crossed, and just by the very nature by which I came into this world – being the product of teenage parents – yet making it this far and doing pretty okay albeit I still have a long way to go – is the reason for this admiration,” Caines explained.
The panel discussion, which saw more than 1.3k views on Facebook, also saw participation from Sports Enthusiast Ms. Saneldo Willett, President of NRP’s Youth Arm.
Ms. Willett, who is the daughter of Leeward Islands Cricket Legend Mr. Elquemedo Willett, said “my father has many attributes I would like to emulate and master” adding that “the one I would prefer or most likely want to master is his determination. He would say things like ‘stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit’ and ‘success doesn’t come easy. Because of his determination, he was able to break barriers and pave the way for cricketers, so I too would want to break barriers in the near future.”
Retired civil servant, accomplished Veterinarian, and aspiring politician Dr. Patricia Bartlette weighed in on the conversation by also thanking and showing appreciation to her father for his influence in her life.
“My father made an impact on me in a positive way… We grew up poor, but we were poor and polite and so the politeness that I now use, I got most of that from my dad. He is the foundation of who Patricia Bartlette is today,” she explained.
The NRP made history in September 2020 by becoming the first political party in the federation of St. Kitts and Nevis to elect a woman as its leader. The Executive of the 50-year-old political party is also dominated by women from all walks of life.
April 13, 2021
Jaedee Caines is the New NRP Candidate for Nevis 1
The Villa Grounds in Charlestown, Nevis was filled with energy and excitement as the Communications Specialist and popular Media Personality, Ms. Jaedee Caines, was officially launched as the Nevis Reformation Party’s (NRP) new candidate for Nevis 1 (St. Paul’s) on Saturday, April 10, 2021.
The candidacy of Ms. Caines, a former Youth Parliamentarian, received ringing endorsements from NRP Youth Arm President, Ms. Saneldo Willett, Dr. Kelvin Daly, Chairman of the NRP St. Paul’s Constituency Group, university colleagues Mr. St. Clair Hodge from St. Kitts and Mr. Rick Grant from the USVI as well as her former University Professor Dr. Alexander Randall.
Dr. Randall, who was the Chairman of the Communications Department at the University of the Virgin Islands during Ms. Caines’ tenure as a student, attributed the success and establishment of the University’s Radio Station to her adding that “in every area, Jaedee Caines was an exceptional and outstanding student.”
The new NRP candidate for St. Paul enthusiastically told an internet viewership of more than 9,000 and a socially distanced crowd of friends and supporters of the NRP that this is a new day, this is a new era, this is a new NRP. “Yes, we still hold on the party’s principles. Those principles have not changed but the NRP understands. We have revamped, we have rebranded, and we are ready,” Ms. Caines said, adding that “I am here for you, Nevisians. I am also here for those of you who made Nevis your home. Don’t let anyone fool you into thinking that this great party, the Nevis Reformation Party, is not for non-nationals, because that is simply not true.”
“Having been rooted in community service, I don’t, now, like others have done, have to scurry to learn the people of St. Paul’s. I don’t, now, have to pretend like, I’m caring and want to do things in the community. If you know Jaedee, you know that this is something that has been going on for many many years,” Ms. Caines continued.
The highlight of the evening was the poem delivered by Ms. ChajNe Caines, daughter of the candidate. ChajNe said her mother is “helpful, you can ask my teachers and friends, when it comes to schoolwork, on her many parents depend. She is passionate, loving and supportive. She’s just who you need as your representative…”
Mr. E. Robelto Hector who served as the NRP’s Parliamentary Representative for the St. Paul’s Constituency from 2006 to 2017, fully endorsed the candidacy of Ms. Caines and handed her the baton as he assured the audience that St. Paul’s has made the right choice in choosing Ms. Caines as their new candidate. “Charlestown, oh my dear Charlestown, you have been good to me, you have been good to Victor Jay Martin, you have been good to Ivor Stevens. I am asking you now to give your full support to Jaedee Caines,” Mr. Hector said.
The much talked about launch which was chaired by Youth Parliamentarian Mr. Devonne Cornelius, also featured remarks and endorsements by the NRP’s Political Leader, Dr. Janice Daniel-Hodge and Chairman, Mr. Hensley Daniel. The NRP is gearing up for the Nevis Island Assembly elections constitutionally due in 2022. Over the coming weeks, the NRP will be rolling out its full slate of candidates.
February 25, 2020
NRP’S CLEONE STAPLETON SIMMONDS OFFICIALLY NOMINATED TO CONTEST ST. THOMAS’ PARISH BY-ELECTION
NIA CHARLESTOWN NEVIS (February 25, 2020) — Mrs. Cleone Stapleton Simmonds of the Nevis Reformation Party (NRP) is the second candidate nominated to contest in a by-election on March 05, 2020, to fill a position left vacant by Hon. Joseph Parry the only opposition member in the Nevis Island Assembly at the time of his retirement from the assembly and from active politics on December 31, 2019.
She was nominated by her brother Mr. Collin Terrence Stapleton of Cotton Ground and Ms. Jenet Jennifer Jeffers of Cotton Ground on Nomination Day, February 25, 2020, at the Cotton Ground Community Centre. Following the nomination Mrs. Stapleton Simmonds expressed contentment.
“I am very happy to be nominated as the candidate for Nevis 5 on behalf of the Nevis Reformation Party. I look forward to the upcoming election in order to continue to return St. Thomas’ to the Nevis Reformation Party.
“I think it is a very great accomplishment so it is a good feeling. As you know the whole mission, really, is to encourage more women to get involved in active politics,” she said.
Hon. Mark Brantley, Premier of Nevis indicated in an address on February 14, 2020, that Mr. Parry had tendered his letter to the Nevis Island Assembly, signalling his retirement from the parliament and active politics with effect from December 31, 2019.
Under the constitution of St. Kitts and Nevis the letter of retirement paved the way for the by-election, a date for which, under the constitution, is fixed by the Premier of Nevis.
March 5, 2020
NRP CANDIDATE MRS. CLEONE STAPLETON SIMMONDS WINS NEVIS 5 BY-ELECTION
NIA CHARLESTOWN NEVIS (March 05, 2020) — Mrs. Cleone Stapleton Simmonds of the Nevis Reformation Party (NRP) whose symbol was the bottle emerged winner in the St. Thomas’ Parish, Lowlands Nevis 5 by-election held on March 05, 2020. The results were announced by Mr. Elvin Bailey, Supervisor of Elections from the Cotton Ground Police Station where the ballots were counted 3 1/2 hours following the close of poll at 6 p.m.
Mrs. Stapleton Simmonds amassed a total of 514 votes over Mr. Keith Scarborough whose symbol was the hammer, candidate of the Concerned Citizens Movement who got a total of 191 votes.
A total of 713 persons cast their ballots which represented a 46.5 percent voter turnout.
There was a total of five polling stations – the Cotton Ground Community Centre 5(1) which was assigned a total of 585 voters. The centre was subdivided in two sections – 5(1A) with 285 votes and 5(1B) with the remaining 294 voters.
In Polling Station 5 (1A) Mrs. Stapleton Simmonds won 113 votes while Mr. Scarborough got 34. At Polling Station 5(1B) 83 and 41 votes respectively.
There were no spoilt ballots. There was a total of 5 rejected ballots.
In the Jessups Community Centre – Nevis 5(2) a total of 658 voters were assigned. It was subdivided into two sections: Nevis 5(2A) with 330, and Nevis 5(2B) with 328 voters assigned.
In Polling Station Nevis 5 (2A) Mrs. Stapleton Simmonds won 119 votes and Mr. Scarborough 42, and in Nevis 5(2B) 119 and 38 respectively.
There were no spoilt ballots. There was a total of 2 rejected ballots.
For the Nevis Performing Arts Centre (NEPAC) – Nevis 5(3) a total of 296 voters were assigned. Mrs. Stapleton Simmonds won 80 votes and Mr. Scarborough won 36.
There were no spoilt ballots. There was one rejected ballot.