The Electoral District #3 seat is currently occupied by Gabriel Buchanan Smith, who
has served as lawmaker of the district for two consecutive terms.
The citizens presented the petition to Minister Cassel in Buchanan on Friday, January 13.
In the petition statement read by Madam Sacondeh Reeves, who headed the “TEAM Cassel” during the program at the Buchanan City Hall, the citizens said their decision is based upon Cassel’s numerous contributions to the education of the youth through the EPAG project, as well as her invaluable human relationship.
The citizens also credited Madam Cassel with constructing a superintendent residential palace during her tenure as superintendent of the county and her advocacy for women and girls, among other impacts made in the county.
“We believe in your leadership and trust your deliverables, for which we have no doubt that you can represent us at the National Legislature,” the petition stressed.
The occasion was witnessed by Assistant Information Minister Wellington Geevon Smith, former Superintendent Etweda Cooper, Grand Bassa Superintendent Levi Demah, the president of the Liberia Rural Women, Bong County Superindent, Deputy and Assistant Ministers of Gender, Chiefs and Clergymen as well as ordinary citizens and political observers in the county.
Responding, Minister Cassel accepted the petition and thanked the citizens for their farsightedness and decision to select her as their candidate for the 2017 election after working in the Executive for over 11 years now.
She assured them of her commitment to ensure that their request becomes a reality.
She, however, informed the citizens that she will take the petition to her party, the Unity Party, for further decision in the primary.