Constituency #33 Sandys South Bye-Election Candidate: Georgia Marshall
Who is Georgia Marshall?
Georgia Marshall is part of a family that has lived in Constituency #33 for four generations. Her husband’s grandmother lived on Somerset Road, across from Traditions Restaurant, and ran a dry goods store to raise and educate her children. She raised two children as a single parent and ensured that both of them achieved success, with her eldest son becoming an architect and Georgia’s father-in-law, Zack Marshall, eventually becoming the Headmaster of Warwick Academy.
Georgia and her husband, Tim, live on Somerset Road in Constituency #33, and have lived continuously in Sandys since returning to Bermuda at the end of their law studies in Canada, where they met and married. Both of them are respected lawyers in the community. Georgia is a director of the law firm Marshall Diel & Myers Limited. She is head of the matrimonial department, the largest on the Island.
She takes a particular interest in the reform of Family Law Legislation, particularly the Matrimonial Causes Act and Rules. She is a vocal proponent of an Integrated Family Court which she feels should include a strong mediation arm to help families find resolutions following marital breakdown.
She is also interested in helping to improve education in the public school system because, she says, “that is the basis for resolving many of the long term issues plaguing Bermuda including the shrinkage of the middle class, gang violence and economic inequality.”
Why is she running as an OBA Candidate?
“I am running as a Candidate for the OBA because,” Georgia says, “I believe that the OBA is Bermuda’s best hope of recovering from the economic disaster that Bermuda was left in after 14 years of failed PLP policies. Yes, the world recession was a factor but we made the situation far worse by spending more than we were earning and at the same time chasing capital from our shores.”
“Constituency #33 is very diverse,” she said. “It has residents from across the spectrum, both socio/political and economic. It is a microcosm of Bermuda in that the constituents will have residential issues regarding their immediate neighborhoods, crime prevention, and improvement to the area’s roads, trails and parklands; they will have commercial interests and concerns including the development of Morgan’s Point and Lantana and the creation of job opportunities, the preservation and sensitive restoration of Somerset Bridge and the transformation of the Marina at Somerset Bridge to name just a few.”
What kind of person is Georgia Marshall?
Georgia is a forthright person.
“I have the ability to listen to what the constituents are saying and then to express those concerns clearly and
effectively to the OBA leadership.”
“I have many strengths including perseverance, diligence and commitment. I am confident in expressing my ideas and views clearly but also with empathy. As a resident,
I know constituency #33; its issues and its neighborhoods well.”
Georgia and Tim have two sons, Zachary who is 22 and Stelio who is 20. Zachary recently graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design and Stelio attends the Berklee College of Music. Georgia has two dogs and in her spare time is a gardener and avid beekeeper, with two thriving hives.
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