RCN Editorial: Vote for change.

| 4th April 2021 | 0 Comments
George Town East candidate Emily DeCou.

Sent in by: Emily DeCou.

Independent George Town East candidate Emily DeCou, announces The 3 E’s platform for a holistic
national overhaul, vowing to begin the formation of a Holistic Sustainable Development Plan in her first
100 days.

A proud multi-generational West Bayer, Ms. DeCou’s campaign platform, known as The 3 E’s,
encompasses Environmental Conservation, Education Reform, and Equality for All.

“I stepped up to be an agent of the change that our beloved Isle Cayman needs. National issues have
gone unaddressed for too long and have now assumed critical proportions, leading to many Caymanians
struggling and suffering, and our environment being threatened and destroyed by unsustainable
development,” she said.

“Unsustainable development sees many heavy burdens fall onto the community and planet,” she says.
“We have a moral generational obligation to elect new leadership: good men and women with vision,
dedication, empathy, and integrity, who work tirelessly in the pursuit of justice for our people and planet,
and with our country’s best interests at heart.”

The root cause of many national issues is unsustainable development, and the burdens of this
unsustainable development are experienced greatly within the GTE constituency, compounding due to
poor representation. Ms. DeCou notes that the unsustainable development-related issues within the GTE
constituency that the formulation of the Holistic Sustainable Development Plan will seek to address
include:

  1. The high (and rising) cost of living
  2. Flooding and poor stormwater drainage due to mangrove deforestation, namely within the South
    Sound basin, and the resulting negative effects of decreased home values, environmental
    damage, and risks to both health and safety
  3. Traffic congestion, inadequate road infrastructure, and unreliable public transportation
  4. Unemployment, creating a vicious cycle of crime and poverty
  5. Unaffordable housing due to Caymanians being priced out of the local property market.

When considering education reform in Cayman, Ms DeCou says that “all children in our community
should be supported in having access to a high-quality, inclusive education that is modern, depoliticized,
and decentralized. We pay more in the long run by not ensuring all our students have support and
graduate with the skills and critical thinking necessary to access good-paying, professional opportunities
in an increasingly global, complex, and interdependent economy.”

In striving for greater equality for all, Ms. DeCou seeks to be part of the government to provide an advocate
for all vulnerable and marginalized community members of GTE, and vows to enact, enforce, and
strengthen anti-discrimination and equality legislation when elected to Parliament. Overall, The 3 E’s
platform seeks to plan for Cayman long-term, to see our country evolve into the 21st century and reach its
full, self-sufficient, and sustainable potential, to start to end needless suffering, and to empower our
country and people to prosper.

Ms. DeCou looks forward to opportunities to engage with voters and to share her vision for George Town
East and the larger Cayman community at a series of forums, both live and virtual:
Mondays with Emily – a series of virtual Zoom meetings held on Monday evenings at 7 pm where topics of
discussion will include:

April 5: Education Reform
April 12: Equality for All

Coffee with Your Candidate: meet Emily and hear her platform and visions for Cayman with a casual
conversation over a complimentary coffee. Held between 9-11 am every Saturday morning leading up to
Election Day at Cayman Creperie in Bayshore Mall, these coffee meetings offer Emily a chance to listen
to constituents and learn about the national and community issues which concern them, and to share her
proposed solutions.

Youth + Young Voters – Meet and Greet GTE Candidate Emily DeCou: Saturday, April 10 from 2-5 pm at
the Red Cross (upstairs training room); this event will be streamed online via Real Cayman News for those who can’t attend; light refreshments will be served.

Public Meeting: Sunday, April 11 from 3-5 pm at the Cayman Islands Tennis Club, Anne Bonny Crescent,
South Sound; please RSVP to hello@emily.ky (due to a capacity limit of 30); this event will be streamed
online via Real Cayman News for those who can’t attend; light refreshments will be served.

Other events will be published on the Emily 2021 campaign Facebook and Instagram pages, where you
can follow along at @caymanemily.

Vote for Change: Emily DeCou is available for interviews and speaking engagements. Please contact her
by email at hello@emily.ky or by phone at (345)324-1193

Category: RCN Editorial Board

About the Author ()

John Fleming is the Editor in Chief at Real Cayman News. He found RCN in 2020, to be a young voice in Cayman Media. John likes to write about Politics, Current Affairs, Education, Community and Health. You can contact John at 925 5511 or john.fleming@realcaymannews.com

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