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Dr Karl Dawson encouraged by support

- will definitely consider continuing in politics; reports back to work @ HLSCC next month
Even though Virgin Islands Party (VIP) At Large candidate Dr Karl Dawson garnered the fifth highest vote tally, he is still humbled by the fact that so many supported him and will definitely consider running again. Photo: VINO/File
Dr Karl Dawson expressed thanks and appreciation to all those who gave him their vote on Election Day and all those who offered him prayerful support and also gave encouraging words. He gained 3,420 votes, the fifth highest. Photo: VINO/File
Dr Karl Dawson expressed thanks and appreciation to all those who gave him their vote on Election Day and all those who offered him prayerful support and also gave encouraging words. He gained 3,420 votes, the fifth highest. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - First timer into politics and Virgin Islands Party (VIP) At Large candidate Dr Karl Dawson, who garnered the fifth highest vote tally, is humbled by the fact that so many supported him and said he will definitely consider running again.

In an exclusive interview with this news site, Dr Dawson also said he will be reporting to work at the H. Lavity Stoutt Community College (HLSCC) unless otherwise instructed. He had taken leave to join the Virgin Islands Party’s political platform.

Dr Dawson expressed thanks and appreciation to all those who gave him their vote on Election Day and all those who offered him prayerful support and also gave encouraging words. He gained 3,420 votes, the fifth highest.

The respected educator said he is happy and elated that persons saw it fit to give him their vote as he stood on the principles of honesty and integrity and his commitment to education.

He said people have been meeting him and voicing their congratulations for having such a strong showing at the polls and that this came both from people who voted for him and those who didn't.

An enlightening experience

“The experience was an enlightening one. It as invigorating. The standards and values that I stand for in my personal and professional life, along with my experience, seemed to resonate with a number of voters. I think that accounts for the number of votes that I did get, especially when the party was not doing well in a number of districts.”

He noted that it was encouraging that he was able to garner the support that he did as people voted for what they perceived he was standing for – honesty, integrity and competency, “and those are the things that people are looking for in their representative.”

He offered congratulations to the National Democratic Party as he said the electorate spoke clearly as to who they wanted in Government. “I would wish them the very best and pray for God’s blessing and guidance on our territory,” he said.

Dr Dawson said that even though now is a time for reflection and assessing the whole process of the election and campaign, he said based on the overwhelming support, continuing in politics is something that he may give serious consideration to.

20 Responses to “Dr Karl Dawson encouraged by support”

  • Voter Too (16/06/2015, 08:35) Like (29) Dislike (3) Reply
    Well done Mr Dawson . Do come again,you have fought the fight and continue fighting one day you will win the battle by God's grace and plan
  • dem say (16/06/2015, 09:03) Like (26) Dislike (6) Reply
    You will be a winner next time because HONESTY always pays off in the long run!
  • stay with us! (16/06/2015, 09:04) Like (28) Dislike (5) Reply
    A lot of people were in your favour and its clear from the statistics that everyone didn't vote along party lines. Now that you know that some of the people have confidence in you, sir, please stay with us over the years. Let us hear from you now and again on issues, and don't just come out during campaign season. The snap election is an indication that all politicians must be always watchful and ready because we know not when the NDP will put in their appearance. Above all, some people I know were willing to vote for you but had a last minute change of heart because winding down to the end, you got mixed up in the mudslinging. You don't need that and you don't need to join the act of desperation. Be who you are, and you are not a mudslinger. Stick to the issues, show us what you will do and we going put you in next time. Additionally, you were in a lame crew which might have helped to pull you down.
  • Myself (16/06/2015, 09:09) Like (4) Dislike (13) Reply
    I respect the comments made. However; there seem to be what and how I did been interpreted. It smees as if he needed to alline himself with a party that had the same principles so the outcome at the polls would have different. Well next time doc research is everything.
  • wize up (16/06/2015, 09:09) Like (28) Dislike (3) Reply
    this young man should be given a bigger Leadership role in the VIP; those old guys in VIP set in their ways and can't see the old way of doing things is no longer applicable in the 20's: Mr Dawson did far better than those in there for 20 years: as a matter of fact some of those long term VIP members can only be the big man in their district (they won't even dream of running at large after being in politics for so many years)Mr Dawson you did well because the people love you....see you 2019 keep in touch with the people
    • Wize dem up (16/06/2015, 09:24) Like (30) Dislike (3) Reply
      Wize up---I agree--Personally I think Mr. Dawson should take over the leadership roll of VIP. That to me gives them a better change to revived, be recognized, and be very competitive in the next election. To me he has all the acculates of a good leader.
      • wize up (16/06/2015, 18:28) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        @ wize dem up: I agree with you but those folk that have almost 20 years in office won't have that
  • student (16/06/2015, 09:17) Like (23) Dislike (2) Reply
    Mr. Dawson , you have service well you came up short this time but I am convinced that you are what we need in today's politics ;honesty, integrity, competency.

    I do hope you will return to work at the college and they (NDP) don't victimized you especially the tall glass of water looking one....i sit and wait to see how they treat the own BVIlander.
  • Street reporter (16/06/2015, 09:19) Like (16) Dislike (4) Reply
    Mr. Dawson you are a good soldier. You need to be in the Army of a good Commander if you want to win. Or, it would be the same results.
  • VIP all the way (16/06/2015, 10:12) Like (17) Dislike (7) Reply
    because of dawson I will stay with the VIP
  • David (16/06/2015, 10:19) Like (26) Dislike (2) Reply
    With the way Dr. Dawson campaigned this last election, do not be surprised to see him as one of our future leaders. He could really provide a new direction that the VIP so sorely needs.
  • change (16/06/2015, 10:45) Like (16) Dislike (1) Reply
    Mr. Dawson is already in the Army of a good commander Jesus.
    • well done (16/06/2015, 11:45) Like (15) Dislike (0) Reply
      Mr. Dawson I voted for you because I see yo to be a man of honor. I respect you and can't wait to vote for you again. I do agree you should have a bigger role in VIP.
  • voters voice (16/06/2015, 12:42) Like (13) Dislike (0) Reply
    The voters and the votes have spoken. He is the most likeable and maybe the most capable VIP
  • I Sticking With VIP To.! (16/06/2015, 13:30) Like (16) Dislike (0) Reply
    @Vip All the way, I am in agreement with you. Nationals of such caliber as Dr. Dawson is exactly the kind of persons needed in our government.
    Politics and politicians have gotten, (or created), such a negative perception, that it seems we expect the system and the politicians to be corrupt, and therefore, others of integrity, Christians and pastors for example, should stay out of it; leaving it to the integrity challenged.

    With hind sight being what it is, 20 x 20 vision, what we need in government seems to be persons of high morals and integrity; who can answer the clarion call of "Country above self".

    In testimony to Dr. Dawson's character and leadership, I'd like to share a little story I recently was witness to about him. During a Vip candidate launch, (I think it was Andrew's at Capoons Bay), in his presentation he said something to the effect that, "A vote for the independent candidates would be a wasted vote; that they don't have a team, and would need to have one".
    Within days of making that statement, he was walking through the Marina in Virgin Gorda and encountered some folks sitting at a table at the Baths & Turtle Restaurant. One of them, a campaign manager of one of the independents immediately asked him to explain what he meant by the statement.
    Without hesitating, he told the gentleman that: "Within moments of making the statement I realized that I had made a mistake". He then went on to explain that within moments and days of the statement, he called all the independent candidates and apologize to them, with the realization that thy were all exercising their rights in service to their country .
    The gentleman upon listening to his response, commended him for his honesty and integrity, and further pledged that he would vote in support of him on election day. That is integrity, that is leadership.

    Having Dr Karl Dawson should be cause for all supporters of the VIP to feel proud in knowing that "Where there is vision, the people will survive and Thrive".

    His, Dr. Dawson reasons for joining the VIP was that had thought hard, had mulled around in his mind, and cam to the realization that the VIP had always been the party of the people; the party that did significant things: built the College, crated tourism, Financial services, the airport, the bridge at Beef Island, the Bregada Educational Center and the HLSC branch on Virgin Gorda, the cruise ship dock etc, etc.

    I would have made a similar decision, had I been running for politics also. I wish Dr. Dawson nothing but the best; that he would stay engaged, that h would speak out on the issues when necessary and give his support to the Opposition on the issues of the day.

    We all know that while the NDP did

    In the holy scriptures, (Genesis 19:10-29) h city of Sodom and Gomarrah
  • Peel boy (16/06/2015, 14:29) Like (5) Dislike (11) Reply
    So ayo finally getting rid of Fraser. Say it ain't so day it ain't so!!! Fraser going show ayo come 2019.
  • for real (16/06/2015, 14:38) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Dem thief the elections from dawson
  • Dem Say Now (16/06/2015, 16:11) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    You all ain't tired of trying to run the VIP. You say first no Fraser, then Fahie and now no Fahie but now Dawson. You all go run the NDP and mind you all business. We can handle our own affairs and we do not need your so called help!
  • wize up (19/06/2015, 07:23) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    let Fahie and Fraser see how much the people truly love them by running at large: I personally think any person seeking to be premier of our country should run at large: Mr Dawson did well for his first time, Frazer & Fahie at it now for so many years let them prove how much we love them and run at large

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