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Albert O. Wheatley contesting 9th District

- said early elections will not hurt his campaign plans
Virgin Gordian Albert O. Wheatley has announced he will be contesting the next general election for the Ninth District seat as an Independent Candidate. Photo: Provided
ROAD TOWN Tortola, VI- Virgin Gordian Albert O. Wheatley has announced he will be contesting the next general election for the Ninth District seat as an Independent Candidate.

Mr Wheatley made the announcement via a press release to media houses on the evening of April 30, 2015, the same day that Premier Dr The Honourable D. Orlando Smith announced the House of Assembly would be dissolved on May 1, 2015, paving the way for elections in either late May or June.

Noting that he decided to contest the elections after much thought, prayers, consideration and discussion with his wife, children, family and friends, Mr Wheatley said his decision to seek political office as an Independent Candidate would allow him to “represent all of you, the residents on Virgin Gorda and Anegada in the next House of Assembly regardless of your party affiliation.

“When an individual decides to join a political party they often must support the party in whatever decisions that party makes. I have worked with both the VIP and NDP administrations, I have and I will continue to work with any government. As an Independent Candidate it allows me as a member of the House of Assembly to freely support any matters that are in your best interest and oppose any matter that may be otherwise. Our people must be our priority,” Mr Wheatley said in the release.

Early election hardly affects campaign plans

Asked whether the sudden announcement of the dissolution of Parliament and elections less than 60 days away have affected his campaign plans, Mr Wheatley answered in the negative as he noted he always suspected early elections.

“No not really, no. My overall plans pretty much remain intact. We knew this was coming for a while. We kind of had some suspicions that it would be sooner rather than later so it doesn’t really change a whole lot. We just need to tweak it a little bit now that we know. So we are ready,” Mr Wheatley told Virgin Islands News Online.

Asked when his public meetings and other campaign exercises would begin, Mr Wheatley said his committee is finalising plans for that.

“Well we just heard the news today (yesterday) that the House will be dissolved tomorrow (today) so we are in the process of finalising those plans and as soon as we have those finalised very soon I will be in touch with all of the media houses.”

Experience, exposure & educational background

The 9th District candidate said his experience, exposure, and educational background would help him to make a difference as a representative.

Mr Wheatley holds a Bachelors of Science Degree in Hospitality Management from Johnson and Wales University in Providence Rhode Island USA, class of 1986. He began his hotel career as a Front Desk Receptionist at Little Dix Bay hotel in 1980 and worked in the hotel/tourism industry for over 30 years. His past employment includes working as the Restaurant Manager at Jackson Lake Lodge in Jackson Hole Wyoming, Food and Beverage Services Manager at Carambola Beach Resort on St Croix, trained at the Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs West Virginia USA General Manager of Drakes Anchorage Resort on Mosquito Island, Deputy Director of Food and Beverage and Resort Manager at Peter Island Resort.

The Virgin Gordian has also held the posts of Deputy Director of Tourism as well as Human Resource Manager with the BVI Tourist Board.

“I believe my extensive career and work has prepared me well to serve as your next representative.”

Attitude of gratitude to Hon’ O’Neal

Mr Wheatley also offered thanks and appreciation to the Honourable Ralph T. O’Neal OBE who has represented the 9th District for the last forty years.

“Mr O’Neal has contributed significantly to the district and country and has laid a solid foundation for us to build on. In recent times I know Mr O’Neal would’ve loved to have done more for the district and his people but due to circumstances he was not able to. I embrace the opportunity to pick up where Mr O’Neal has left off in representing you the people of the 9th district.

“I have worked with, prayed with, and helped many of you over the years and I have great relationships with many of you. I pledge to continue to be that person I have always been. I will not just fight for you but will fight along with you as we seek to address and fix the current issues in the district.”

Mr Wheatley also took the opportunity to highlight some of the areas he would place immediate focus on as the 9th Dictrict representative in the next House of Assembly if elected.

Those areas included staffing and operational issues at clinics on Anegada and Virgin Gorda; Measures to reduce off season; Ferry service to and from Anegada; Tourism development for the district; Proper waste disposal on Virgin Gorda; Restrooms and commercial activity at Savanna Bay; A Hospitality, Technical and Entrepreneurship Training Facility on Virgin Gorda; 24/7 water supply for all; Unemployment on Anegada and Virgin Gorda; And a New ferry terminal on VG.

Mr Albert O. Wheatley will be coming up against the Virgin Islands Party candidate Elton L. Sprauve aka All Out, the National Democratic Party candidate Dr Hubert O’Neal, Independent Candidate Dr Rawle R. Hannibal and the People’s Empowerment Party’s Faye J. Reese-Charles for the 9th District seat to be vacated by Hon. O'Neal.

40 Responses to “Albert O. Wheatley contesting 9th District”

  • ccc (01/05/2015, 10:08) Like (16) Dislike (23) Reply
    Dead without a party
    • nope (01/05/2015, 10:31) Like (13) Dislike (4) Reply
      He will actually kill a party, VIP. He will take votes from All Out and Hubert will sail home. Add the PEP and other independents to the mix.
      • Boo (01/05/2015, 19:09) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
        This is what I saying. A set of VIP vote splitters planted to mek sure NDP runs home with the ninth.
        • agreed (02/05/2015, 11:56) Like (4) Dislike (2) Reply
          That is why VIP is not splitting because we know NDP is not splitting. PEP and Independents this is not 2011 we love you guys but it is not happening. NDP must go. We are going in ONE DIRECTION.... FORWARD. The country will move forward too... ONE DIRECTION for ALL (NOT SOME).
  • YES!!! (01/05/2015, 10:18) Like (27) Dislike (13) Reply
    A great man for a great district! Albert you have our votes!!!
  • gems (01/05/2015, 10:24) Like (14) Dislike (4) Reply
    Ii was raised a VIP by heart and now transform a NDP by soul mind reality but I rather vote for Albert any day than hubert O'Neal he would have been the better choice n is the better choice than all the candidates
  • Look Out! (01/05/2015, 10:32) Like (32) Dislike (13) Reply
    This is a NDP in disguise. The NDP is using he to try and take votes from ALL OUT. People of the 9th district do not fall for this trick.
    • Not true (01/05/2015, 14:12) Like (5) Dislike (3) Reply
      He was running before all out decided to run for the ninth district. The only problem is All Out declared before him.
    • Look here. (04/05/2015, 17:50) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      If you ain't know bout nothing shut ur crap. He a great man and he have a better chance than ALL OUT.
  • ooooo (01/05/2015, 10:33) Like (20) Dislike (20) Reply
    we going ALL OUT WITH ALL OUT!
  • one man gang (01/05/2015, 10:33) Like (4) Dislike (5) Reply
  • Massama (01/05/2015, 10:39) Like (4) Dislike (4) Reply
    Come on people let us join together before the elections: Blue, Green and Independent and show the world that "yes we can" have democracy and freedom and justice all in one package.
  • Lily Ann (01/05/2015, 10:59) Like (7) Dislike (4) Reply
    Everybody want to get their hands in that cookie Jarrrrr
  • VG Resident (01/05/2015, 11:08) Like (7) Dislike (13) Reply
    Let me set the record straight for me and all others that have our district and territory at heart NDP all the way except in the 9th district we a Going with Mr Albert O Wheatley down to earth any one can be and he's a real man to fight on our behalf know that Anegada if you want Results
    • All Out N Team Vip All D Way (01/05/2015, 13:26) Like (22) Dislike (2) Reply
      Plain and simple folks; a vote for this guy, AW, is a vote for the Done Deal Doctor; the man who won only a few hundred votes in his district (the 7th), but holds the keys to our Lands, our Waters and Water rights, our Fishing grounds, our beaches and, and). It is alleged that he is busy and full speed ahead on turning over Prickly Pear island to Richard Branson; the man who already owns 2 islands; Necker and Mosquito. So you see, while AW may be a good guy, your vote would really be for the guys in the 7th, who may just want to go all the way to Premiership this time around.

      Remember, he who owns the Land, owns the Wealth.. Be Vigilant with your Vote.
  • wise up (01/05/2015, 11:18) Like (10) Dislike (9) Reply
    mr. wheatley has been for all these years i've known him to be a very respectful and honorable man. he has gone far and beyond his call to support and guide our young people especially in guiding them towards job opportunities. i have no doubt in my mind that Mr. Wheatley will represent the people of the ninth district very well especially him who has also served the people of God in the religious arena and as a God-fearing man. the house finally needs that change. satan your kingdom must fall down
    • ha (01/05/2015, 11:39) Like (11) Dislike (4) Reply
      so let me get this straight. Claude Skelton Cline was a man of God, why not the same view??? try go sit down
      • Tiro (01/05/2015, 13:23) Like (3) Dislike (2) Reply
        not is and never was a Man Of God.
      • Pundit (01/05/2015, 13:45) Like (3) Dislike (8) Reply
        He's more humble than Claude, that's why. I think he changes the race completely. It's wide open now. He's a good dude from what I know about him. If I were in the 9th I would vote for him.
        • ha (01/05/2015, 14:00) Like (11) Dislike (0) Reply
          Pundit, you want more names???? Mitch is also a man of God, why you guys were on Claude and John C when they ran for politics, but aint on Wheatley and Mitch??? I don't understand . I thought preachers should stay on the pulpit??? Clear me up a bit.
          • Ohh (02/05/2015, 11:59) Like (2) Dislike (2) Reply
            Because it is an NDP blogger trying to sound objective to twist people minds. sorry it is not working. Wheatley and Mitch please do not get upset with us.
  • not he (01/05/2015, 11:52) Like (17) Dislike (10) Reply
    First of all these pastors see God and then the devil and now want to be on the devil side. I know this is a NDP set up and the 9th district people will NOT be fooled like when Osborne ran independently in 2007 against our beloved Rep. Ralph Tilford O'Neal. We going ALL OUT in the 9th for Elton "All Out" Sprauve! So you NDP bloggers that live online take that in your magazima!
  • street (01/05/2015, 11:57) Like (23) Dislike (15) Reply
    Don't be fool, he is NDP in disguised, wolf in cheep clothing, NDP mould to damage all out so Hubert can win by default, chase him, reject him, a vote for Wheatley is a vote for NDP, national nasty party, let them keep their nastiness to themself we don't want them in VG. Get out, get out, get out NDP, VG don't want you, you too nasty.
  • yes (01/05/2015, 12:22) Like (8) Dislike (2) Reply
    We need honest persons to represent us...lord have mercy he have my vote...what hurts me is all these Ministers driving fancy vehicles them and their wife and pass people straight on the street and thats our money we work hard for that they received kickbacks from their friends who they gave contracts is very upsetting...we must get them the grace of GOD we must.
  • VG Resident (01/05/2015, 13:14) Like (5) Dislike (42) Reply
    @street you don't even read for your self with your second hand info what's nasty about the Government fool you so smell you think every thing around you smell it's your self ........,,......water an soap cleans
  • vgboy (01/05/2015, 13:31) Like (39) Dislike (6) Reply
  • Concern 1 (01/05/2015, 13:35) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    @Lily Ann you are not so right.It is everyone wants to put their hands inside the cookie jar because as long as your hands get in there is a possibility you gonna take out something as you remove your hands from the jar Rather than when one just simple place their hands on the jar just guarding the cookies
  • ....... (01/05/2015, 13:37) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    Those Cartoons are funny. No lie. lol
  • weed (01/05/2015, 13:38) Like (16) Dislike (4) Reply
    Dead dead dead we going ALL OUT!!!
  • wize up (01/05/2015, 14:13) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    brilliant young man
  • Lb (01/05/2015, 14:33) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply

    I guess he will advocate against domestic violence... Boss you run when the people call you to run, not when you get up and decide to run.

  • Truth (01/05/2015, 14:43) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
  • eyes (01/05/2015, 15:46) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Where all these votes going to come from for all these candidates--Seems like 300 votes will be enough to win. "Imagine"
  • vi (01/05/2015, 19:07) Like (1) Dislike (9) Reply
    Good guy for the 9th but this is Hubert's time. Sorry
  • look here (04/05/2015, 18:01) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    To all the people with the negative thoughts. Know the man before you talk bout him. He just know he name not his story. If y'all think ayo negative going discourage he haha
  • Born Virgin Gordian (06/05/2015, 13:15) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Why all these Tola people commenting on this, let the VG residents decide who they want to elect. Most of you don't even know this man, I am not saying I will vote for him or not but we need to be a little more focus on where we are going as a people and stop the negativity. People don't be fooled by party affiliations, thats not where your best interest lies. Vote for the person NOT THE PARTY. We are becoming just like the political kindergarten that we all watch unfolding in the united states.

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