Longstanding Board member of the Jamaica Agricultural Society (JAS), Senator Norman Grant, has returned to the helm of the organisation.
Senator Grant regained the Presidency via acclamation, having been the sole nominee for the position in the executive elections held Wednesday (July 11), during the JAS’ annual general meeting at the Denbigh showground in May Pen, Clarendon.
He previously served two three-year terms as President between 2003 and 2009 before being succeeded by current Mayor of Montego Bay, Councillor Glendon Harris, under whom he served as 1st Vice President between 2009 and 2012. Councillor Harris did not seek re-election on Wednesday, declining nomination for election to that position and either of the two Vice President posts.
The position of 2nd Vice President was also filled via acclamation, consequent on Board member, Ralston Johnson, being the sole nominee. He succeeds Attorney-at-law and Queen’s Counsel, Glen Cruickshank.
In the only post contested, JAS Board member and Portland parish representative, Donald Berry, polled 191 votes to defeat colleague and All Island Cane Farmers’ Association President, Allan Rickards, who got 45.
In his acceptance speech, Senator Grant thanked the delegates for their confidence reposed in him. “I take this mandate, this covenant, this charge that you have given this team today very, very seriously,” he declared.
The new President also thanked his predecessor, Glendon Harris, “for his leadership over the last three years”, and wished him well in his new position as Montego Bay’s Mayor.
“I’d like to assure you that I will call on your office, as President of the JAS, for us to sit down and see how we can work together with the Parish Council in St. James, and other Parish Councils, to see to the development and transformation of our rural districts,” Senator Grant said.