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Being “a stand-alone in the wind” did not help cause- Allen Wheatley

Mr. Wheatley believes running as an independent candidate, and his indecisiveness about it, affected his chances at the polls significantly. Photo: VINO
Mr. Wheatley plans to continue with his summer programme for the 7th and 8th District youths, an initiative that is geared towards teaching youths various subject areas and skills during the summer time including Science, Life Skills, Social Studies and Mathematics.
Mr. Wheatley plans to continue with his summer programme for the 7th and 8th District youths, an initiative that is geared towards teaching youths various subject areas and skills during the summer time including Science, Life Skills, Social Studies and Mathematics.
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Reflecting on his first outing at the polls to become the 7th District representative, businessman Allen Wheatley said running as an independent candidate affected his chances significantly and noted that himself and committee will soon decide whether he builds on his own People’s Party (POP) or joins another party.

The 7th District seat was retained by National Democratic Party member Hon. Kedrick Pickering, who mustered up 536 votes, while the Virgin Islands Party (VIP) candidate Ronnie L. Lettsome received 157 and Ludwis Allen Wheatley 72 votes.

“The outcome at the polls is basically a reflection of people’s sentiment about the need to have a properly organized party,” said Mr. Wheatley in an interview with Virgin Islands News Online.

He noted too that his indecisiveness as to whether he wanted to run in the District or At Large also affected his performance at the polls. “By the time I was able to finalise that it gave me too much of a late start and it was reflective in the process. Hats off to the incumbent, and the opponent (Ronnie Lettsome), they have been there before me and they are familiar with the district much more than me and it also showed in the turn out. I have no qualms with the turnout (votes); it is just basically a reflection if you are going to be in the race next time you are going to have to be better prepared from early.”

Asked if he would consider building on his party or joining another, Mr. Wheatley said it is something that himself and committee are going to address early into next year “and based on how things are progressing with the current Government and the situation at hand, make a determination as to what is the best thing for me to do. At this time we have not made a firm decision but I think it is clear to everybody that if you are going to make it substantively in the political arena here it is going to be important that you demonstrate to the public that if they vote for you, you are going to be able to hold the Government and be able to implement your plans and not just be a stand-alone in the wind.”

Makes plans available online

Meanwhile, Mr. Wheatley had promised during his campaign that win or lose he was going to make his plans available to Government the day after elections. “My plans are available online. They are up on my website The basic framework of my development plans are out there for the public not just the party (Government). Anybody can look at it,” Mr. Wheatley said.

Mr. Wheatley had taken the lead in putting together a four-year Economic Plan for the Virgin Islands. The POP’s Economic Plan was broken down into four years, starting from plans to stabilize the economy in the first year, diversification in the second, accountability in the third and expansion in the fourth.

Service to community continues

The former Financial Secretary of the Virgin Islands also told this news agency that he would continue with his summer programme, which he has been doing for the last three years. He also said he was looking very keenly at an after-school programme as well as an apprenticeship programme and that he is in discussion with the principals of the schools in the area since he realised that since he made that promise of an after-school programme some attempts have been made to have it in schools.

“It doesn’t make any sense to duplicate what is already there so by the end of the year I will see how that programme is running and if I can complement or help in any way. And if there is still a need for me to have something separate I will look at doing that early in the following year.”

Mr. Wheatley also expressed appreciation to the persons who voted for him and for turning out in their numbers to exercise their franchise. He also extended thanks to his committee members and his mother Jennie Wheatley.

17 Responses to “Being “a stand-alone in the wind” did not help cause- Allen Wheatley ”

  • billyb (17/11/2011, 07:46) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    Late Start, Allen??? You unofficially annouced that you was running for a seat almost a year prior, if not over a year. You had a lot of time to prepare; I would respect if you said that you were caught by surprise and never expected the outcome; however, you will govern yourself accordingly next time around!!! Come on Allen, let's keep it real
  • If You Scared Go To Church (17/11/2011, 08:59) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    Yeah lol and having a symbol cut in the back of your head that is usually associated with devil worship didn't help either.
  • Proud West Indian (17/11/2011, 09:24) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    What chances? A convicted criminal mismanaging public funds. PLEEEEEEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • Virgin Son (17/11/2011, 09:46) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    mey boy yah allen like bevis ayo better stop buggin out..dem say ayo cannot win!
    • Candy Cane (19/11/2011, 14:30) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      He ran in Long Look hoping that the VIP would pick him up as their candidate. But they went in another direction, so he was stuck and on his own.
  • Hm (17/11/2011, 10:19) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Allen, u knw u is a East End man..u cannttt come and expect to had beat a Long Look man..!
    • Mmm (17/11/2011, 12:22) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Tru and First of all what kind of one man party you said you would have other people in the party but I guess that never happened. Second of all I don't think you can beat pickering and you didn't want to run against Dancia and you probably stand a better chance in the 8th. I agree with some of the other posters continue doing your community work and working with the young people...maybe even wait to try again later in life.
    • Great Job (17/11/2011, 14:35) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      This is a born long look man if you did not know. please!!!!!!!!!
  • people have spoken (17/11/2011, 10:45) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    on the blogs and at the polls a message was sent that the BVI does not need anyone in office with questionable backgrounds, nor questionable finances. Keep up the community work and assist in that way, but as an elected official you burned too many bridges - including us the tax payers. Perhaps being a motivational speaker talking to the youths and using yourself as an example that mistakes made early in your life follow you through for the rest of your life - this would be helpful.
    • Mary J (17/11/2011, 12:55) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      please and two waz elected with questionalbe backgrounds? one was investigated and the other got hust your you reserch deman!
  • I'm Concern (17/11/2011, 11:39) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply is not popping up when activated. it that plan really published
  • tell (17/11/2011, 11:42) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Alen shot your backside
  • Candy Cane (17/11/2011, 21:10) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Allen you had your time of glory as Financial Secretary. You could have moved on from there to greater things but you let GREED control you. How really can we trust you again in a position of power?! Move on and make your contribution elsewhere.

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