New Chaguanas Mayor, Natasha Navas, says she wants to be the Barbie of Chaguanas. She said this in an impromptu interview with reporters following a courtesy call on Local Government Minister, Hazel Manning, at her Kent House, Maraval, office yesterday.
Navas was accompanied by Chaguanas West MP, Jack Warner. Asked how she felt about being called a Barbie doll by some people because of her physical beauty, Mayor Navas said, "I have to be popular because Barbies are popular all over the world. And that's why I have decided to serve the people. I'll be the Barbie of Chaguanas," she said with a chuckle in her voice.
She later denied being just a pretty face. Navas said her life experiences have qualified her for the office. She admitted that some people may be concerned about her background but she insists that she comes from among the people to serve the people.
She said she has always been in leadership being the first-born in her family. "You don't have to be born into politics or grow up in politics to understand it. I want to serve the people of Chaguanas and that alone should qualify me for the job," Navas insisted. Navas said she had concerns about the impending retrenchment of hundreds of Local Government workers when the new system is implemented next year. (SEE PAGE A11)