Tracy Davidson-Celestine has been named the first female political leader of the PNM Tobago Council. Davidson-Celestine, the ambassador to Costa Rica, defeated incumbent political leader Kelvin Charles in a runoff election on Sunday by a landslide.
At last Sunday's internal election, Charles received the most votes but not enough for a mandate, triggering the runoff against Davison-Celestine.
Charles collected 1,513 votes last Sunday, marginally ahead of Davidson-Celestine (1,447). Deputy Chief Secretary Joel Jack had 1,066 votes and former THA presiding officer Dr Denise Tsoiafatt Angus got 904.
But the momentum shifted on Friday when Davidson-Celestine announced she had gained the support of Jack and Tsoiafatt Angus. With three camps against one, the result seemed inevitable. Charles put a brave face, clinging to hope and history as he reminded all he defeated Davidson-Celestine in the 2016 internal election via a runoff as well. But it was not to be as Davidson-Celestine swept to victory and will lead the party in the general election later this year and the THA elections in 2021.