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Grace Factor

She joins Lynda and Lenora in a special group of women (40–50 years old), contesting the general election. An outgoing senior school teacher is the latest provi­sional woman candidate to
25 Feb 2018 18:26
Grace Factor
Faith Grace, SODELPA's Provisional candidate.

She joins Lynda and Lenora in a special group of women (40–50 years old), contesting the general election.

An outgoing senior school teacher is the latest provi­sional woman candidate to join the general election.

She is Faith Grace, formerly known as Jacqueline Pareti Savu.

Ms Grace, 44, has tendered her res­ignation as the Head of Department in Economics at Ratu Navula Sec­ondary School in Nadi.

Her name will be on the remaining list of candidates to be announced by SODELPA soon.

She joins Lynda Tabuya (SODEL­PA) and Lenora Qereqeretabua (Na­tional Federation Party) in a special group of women in the 40-50 years old age group contesting the elec­tion.

Ms Grace, who is married to former Fijian international rugby rep Mark Black of Sa­beto, Nadi, is the eldest child of the late Savenaca Nasu Vasu, one of the first Fijian pioneer­ing jet pilots for the former Air Pacific. She is originally from Daliconi Village, Vanuabalavu, Lau.

SODELPA's provisional candidate, Faith Grace.

SODELPA’s provisional candidate, Faith Grace.

She said she would be stand­ing from Lami Urban and Sa­beto. She said yesterday she was confident of standing her ground and winning a seat.

Ms Grace said: “We need more off the cuff people on both sides of Parliament who can do rebuttals on the spot.

“I can do that. I am very good at arguing.

“You have to have sound argu­ment by making sure that you do your relevant research and homework.

“There are things that are go­ing to be tabled and I have to educate myself on all the is­sues that I want to contribute to before I go into the debating chamber. So if I have to stand up at any time to say anything I would be able to do it.

“This is important because my voters are depending on me to be their voice in Parlia­ment.”

She said MPs who stood up and read from their papers looked ridiculous.

Ms Grace is confident, outspo­ken and articulate.

She said she had noticed that there was only a handful of MPs who spoke often in Parlia­ment. She said that was due to lack of preparation.

“What about the rest,” she asked.

She said with the quality of candidates now standing in this election she was confident that would change.

Ms Grace said she would be fo­cusing on education and social policies, if she was elected.

She said the issues would be about how to help ordinary peo­ple get ahead in life. She said as a school teacher she had the ex­perience of having to deal with people who were struggling.

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