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Exclusive: Elton L. Sprauve- “I will fight for my people”

- said the National Democratic Party’s head is in the sand, as they do not understand the pain of the people
Elton L. 'All out' Sprauve speaking at a meeting in Anegada on April 19, 2015. The Virgin Islander businessman has been put forward by the Virgin Islands Party's Ninth District Committee for nomination at the VIP Congress to contest the Ninth District Seat to be vacated by Hon Ralph T. O'Neal OBE. Photo: VINO
Some of the persons at the meeting hosted by the Ready Committee at the Emile E. Dunlop Community Centre in Anegada on April 19, 2015. According to Mr Elton L. Sprauve aka ‘All out’, who attended the meeting, said once he is elected to the Ninth District seat there will be no rest for him as he represents the district, acknowledging that he has big shoes to fill. Photo: VINO
Some of the persons at the meeting hosted by the Ready Committee at the Emile E. Dunlop Community Centre in Anegada on April 19, 2015. According to Mr Elton L. Sprauve aka ‘All out’, who attended the meeting, said once he is elected to the Ninth District seat there will be no rest for him as he represents the district, acknowledging that he has big shoes to fill. Photo: VINO
Mr Elton L. Sprauve (left) and Virgin Islands Party Chairman Hon Julian Fraser RA (R3) at the Ready Committee meeting at the Emile E. Dunlop Community Centre in Anegada on April 19, 2015. Photo: VINO
Mr Elton L. Sprauve (left) and Virgin Islands Party Chairman Hon Julian Fraser RA (R3) at the Ready Committee meeting at the Emile E. Dunlop Community Centre in Anegada on April 19, 2015. Photo: VINO
Some of the persons at the meeting hosted by the Ready Committee at the Emile E. Dunlop Community Centre in Anegada on April 19, 2015. Photo: Team of Reporters
Some of the persons at the meeting hosted by the Ready Committee at the Emile E. Dunlop Community Centre in Anegada on April 19, 2015. Photo: Team of Reporters
THE SETTLEMENT, Anegada, VI – Mr Elton L. Sprauve aka ‘All out’ said once he is elected to the Ninth District seat there will be no rest for him as he represents the district, acknowledging that he has big shoes to fill.

He made the comments during an exclusive interview with this news site yesterday April 19, 2015 while on Anegada during a meeting organised by the Virgin Islands Party (VIP) youth group known as ‘The Ready Committee’.

The VIP 9th District Committee just the day before voted to submit Mr Sprauve’s name to the Party’s governing body, the Congress, as its candidate to contest the Ninth District seat at the upcoming general elections expected this year.

Big Shoes to fill!

Mr Sprauve, a Virgin Gordian and local businessman, noted that it will be big shoes to fill with Honourable Ralph T. O'Neal OBE having served in the capacity for about 40 years.
"It is a new time and we should have new people with new energies to bring the country forward. I am not here to criticise what the government didn't do in the past. I am here to bring something new to the table. This is what we're going to do going forward," he said.

"I'm going to tell you now what I am doing and what I want to see done...the infrastructure on Virgin Gorda and is about who has the political will to see it through," he said.
He said the party's manifesto will be done in short order but the real issue is who will fight for the interest of the people.
Asked whether he has received the blessing of Honourable O'Neal, Sprauve said that the two are friends and he believes the blessing will come soon.

After process he will get O’Neal’s blessing

"He's my friend. I've known him forever. He's excited. But he is not going to make a public statement until the process comes to a conclusion on whether he will endorse me or not. But I'm sure he will," said Sprauve. "But the process has to take its course and then I'll get his blessing," he said.

According to Sprauve, he and Honourable O'Neal talked on certain issues that they are both passionate about. "My thing is people first...we have to help the people. If we are one of the richest nations per capita we have to live better than this. We can't have people hurting and we came into all this wealth. They just need somebody to fight for them," he said.
Asked what is the major issue on Anegada, Sprauve said that based on his visit to the district it seems to be the issue of land.

"If people could have access to their land then they could go to the bank and build their homes. Everybody is entitled to have their land and their homes. That is my biggest thing," he said. He also cited the seaport and airport on Anegada as issues to be addressed.

Mr Sprauve, while giving Hon O’Neal credit for much of the development on Anegada, said there is still more to do.

He said that given his military training in the United States and his stint with the US Air Force, he knows what it is to have boots on the ground and to serve.

Mr Sprauve also said that while some may think he fears the post of Representative, it is something he embraces.

NDP head in the sand!

"I have the heart and I am about the people," he said while adding that the National Democratic Party (NDP) has no idea what is happening on the ground. "That is my biggest problem...and I told Dr Smith that. The people put me here...they submitted my name," he said, insisting that he has no issue being straight up in his words.

"I'm not a wannabe. The people put me here," he said.
Hard time for Anegadians & Nothing in it for us!

Mr Sprauve said it is a hard time for Anegadians who do not work for the government. "I'm telling you it is hard. Government needs to assist and that is where I stand."

The Ninth District Committee’s pick for nomination is also concerned that on Virgin Gorda investors are owning land and not paying their fair share under the NDP Government. "They are the ones getting the tax breaks and we coming from St Thomas they want to open every bag and every box. That shouldn't be," he said.

He said the revenue streams coming from the Ninth District should be enough to finance projects in the district such as roads and hospitals. "But we are giving all of the billionaires a free ride. And they can afford it [taxes]," he said.

Sprauve suggested that the “billionaires” be asked to help finance some of the public projects.

Dog fight for the 9th district!

Mr Sprauve, once confirmed by the VIP Congress, will face the NDP’s Dr Hubert O’Neal who ran and lost four times and the People’s Empowerment Party’s Faye J. Reese-Charles. There are also expected to be a few independent candidates, including Dr Rawle R. Hannibal, in the race hoping to succeed the Virgin Islands’ first Premier.

Whoever is elected will be taking over from the giant Hon O’Neal who served the people of the 9th District for some forty years [1975-current].

58 Responses to “Exclusive: Elton L. Sprauve- “I will fight for my people””

  • .......... (20/04/2015, 07:16) Like (24) Dislike (34) Reply
    We going all out for vip yall....
  • 123 (20/04/2015, 07:24) Like (30) Dislike (31) Reply
    Nice choice VIP...NDP eill go!
  • Concern 1 (20/04/2015, 07:29) Like (14) Dislike (1) Reply
    Welcome to the bullight and also to the fight for the development of the BVI and all its people and please not some.ALL
  • sad (20/04/2015, 07:30) Like (24) Dislike (48) Reply
    All out is a nice guy, but running under the wrong ticket
    • @ Sad (20/04/2015, 07:52) Like (37) Dislike (20) Reply
      Ha ha because the people told Mitch and Shana that they with the wrong gang, you all NDP bloggers trying that crap on us…who the hell want to be associated with the NDP? you think we forget their record of corruption, victimization, conflict of interest and hate for some businesses in the private sector, hate for district 1, 2, 3 and 9, hate for locals who does not support NDP and I would not say the last thing for its libel…
  • Me (20/04/2015, 07:35) Like (38) Dislike (30) Reply
    It’s about time the VIP start defending themselves and coming out and stop letting NDP get away with telling people nonsense, LIES with their paid blogers and spin.
  • qc (20/04/2015, 07:37) Like (38) Dislike (29) Reply
    2011-2015 will go down in history as some of the worst years in BVI history and I hope the voters remember that come July ...

  • north sound (20/04/2015, 07:44) Like (43) Dislike (19) Reply
    I dare any NDP supporter to come on here and tell us why we should vote Dr. O’Neal over ‘ALL OUT’ next election. I dare them to do so without fear mongering, Lies and foolishness, ...just state the facts. State why Bertie is better to represent us in the 9th and protect our affairs and fight for we. Just look at the NDP record and what they did to the lil man on Virgin Gorda. I’m waiting.....while I drink my bush tea
  • weed (20/04/2015, 07:48) Like (40) Dislike (24) Reply
    OMG you hit it out the park with Mr. Sprauve…I going VIP this time
  • Mark (20/04/2015, 08:06) Like (16) Dislike (44) Reply
    What a joke. Dead on arrival....
    • @ Mark (20/04/2015, 08:42) Like (23) Dislike (13) Reply
      NDP just a sick set o people dread!

    • to Mark (20/04/2015, 08:50) Like (26) Dislike (21) Reply
      Are you kidding? How can people still support this NDP Government and even worst, the potential of another four years of Myron and Mark? With Myron or Mark being Dr. Smith possible deputy? The dead will cry for the BVI
  • wize up (20/04/2015, 08:11) Like (28) Dislike (5) Reply
    very good candidate; I second the motion.... now the VIP cooking
  • out there (20/04/2015, 08:30) Like (27) Dislike (17) Reply
    Vip caught the ndp off gaurd again
  • rattie (20/04/2015, 08:39) Like (26) Dislike (6) Reply
    The biggest mistake they made was going back with Hubert...the 9th showed over and over again they do not want he. Nobody in their right mind would want that let alone another 4 years of NDP.

    • Just saying (21/04/2015, 07:24) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      Dr O'neal is not active enough in community he wants to represent for these many years. funerals and graduations are not enough.
  • home boy (20/04/2015, 08:45) Like (40) Dislike (6) Reply
    I have seen All Out in action many times. Virgin Gorda, Anegada - this is a man who knows how to get things done quickly. He is the real action man, believe me I have seen him in action at home and abroad. This one candidate we don't have to think about. Vote All out and the VIP ALL THE WAY!!!!!!!
  • Ha! (20/04/2015, 09:07) Like (18) Dislike (44) Reply
    Hubert will still beat him by over 100 votes, watch!
  • Election 2015 (20/04/2015, 09:12) Like (25) Dislike (33) Reply
    NDP will still win the next election:

    1st - Fahie
    2nd - Mitch
    3rd - Fraser
    4th - Mark
    5th - Delores
    6th - Alvera
    7th - Kedrick
    8th - Marlon
    9th - Sprauve


    Myron Walwyn
    Dr. Smith
    Ronnie Skelton
    Irene Penn-Oneal

    At minimum NDP will get 9 seats and VIP 4. I gave the 1st and 3rd to VIP despite them being dog fights with NDP having a good chance to get one or both. I gave them the 9th as I know All-out is real people and down to earth so that may take him over the top. However, don't count out Hubert at all as he has run Ralph really tight in all his showings. The numbers aren't lining up well for VIP, sadly.
    • NDP wish list (20/04/2015, 09:20) Like (19) Dislike (25) Reply
      NDP full of wishful thinkers- the list is a sill wish bone
      Dist 1 VIP
      Dist 2 PEP
      Dist 3 VIP
      Dist 4 VIP
      Dist 5 VIP
      Dist 6 VIP
      Dist 7 VIp
      Dist 8 - too close to call
      Dist 9 VIP
      At Large VIP certain to win 3 out of 4
      Result VIP will win in the Districts by themselves-
      VIP 3 At Large
      NDP 1 Al large
      VIP win by overwhelming landslide
      • fact list (20/04/2015, 09:35) Like (19) Dislike (1) Reply
        Congratulations All Out- We know you will win the 9th district in blow out so NDP do not have a prayer in the 9th….BAM
      • Elections (20/04/2015, 09:57) Like (4) Dislike (22) Reply
        LOLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL! Thanks for the morning laugh. NO way Alvin will beat Mitch in the 2nd. NO way Boopie or Vincent will beat Mark, Zoe cannot beat Delores, Juggy cannot beat Alvera, Maynard cannot beat Picko and Mcleod or Sheep can't beat Marlon. The only at-large VIP has is IPO, NDP will win 2 at-large seats a minimum. You obviously didn't went to math class. VIP need 7 to form the Government and it will not happen.
        • standing strong (20/04/2015, 18:14) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
          May the best man or woman win don't under estimate people
      • wishlist (20/04/2015, 15:39) Like (16) Dislike (1) Reply
        The list with VIP winning those district is an accurate one. Alvin will win the 2nd (nothing against Mitch. He chose the wrong party). When PEP put out their list then we could compare VIP and PEP. The other commenter who said anyone VIP put up has the people votes is accurate as well. We don't think NDP grasp or have a full understanding of how difficult the years they were in office have been for the country. They won on the ticket that VIP broke the country. That turned out to be a lie but on top of that if that wasn't bad enough they made what ever conditions were worse n worst. They also victimised people and districts. The Governor had every responsibility to be prudent in this area and so when people saw this go unchecked, NDP adopted traits of dangerous dictatorship. The gentle nature of BVI has never seen this kind of ruthless evil. Common in other places of the world but not here in BVI. In fact some leave places to escape that.
        You have to think of the overall health of the country. We don't have to like each other or be invited to each other dinner but we have to have a common goal to see BVI, the country do well. BVI supports all of us and so it makes sense to ensure that BVI can be able to continue to do that. VIP has the well being of the country at heart. Fraser is not in this for the money and fame. He knows BVI has no call being in the position it is. Everyone take an inventory of the BVI that you know whether you were enticed to come here to its shimmering shores or you known it all your life. Dictatorship and victimization is no way to build a country.
        VIP and PEP be prepared to work together.
    • @Election 2015 (20/04/2015, 10:36) Like (31) Dislike (2) Reply
      If the people only know how little confidence the NDP have in their Premier then you wouldn't be saying what you are here posting. They have more hatred for each other than ever before. Only the love for money not people is what is keeping them together. Also they intend not to make him Premier again but that's only between you and I.
    • @ Election 2015 (20/04/2015, 10:43) Like (18) Dislike (1) Reply
      Easy win for the VIP…look like they have their 7 seats to form the government...1, 3, 5, 6, 9, and two at large
    • Pundit (20/04/2015, 17:02) Like (6) Dislike (1) Reply
      Election 2015, You have called it just about right. NDP Wish List is in some sort of fantasy land. They been smoking something too hard.
  • conch shell (20/04/2015, 09:13) Like (28) Dislike (0) Reply
    Great selection for the 9th district
  • ooooo (20/04/2015, 09:43) Like (25) Dislike (1) Reply
    we are going all out with ALL OUT and the VIP
  • STRONGHOLD! (20/04/2015, 10:05) Like (2) Dislike (24) Reply
    ALL OUT! but Not VIP at ALL!
  • The Plot (20/04/2015, 10:13) Like (20) Dislike (0) Reply
    Right under the Premier nose is plot to put him deputy if they win because they concern about his leadership but don't want him or any of us to know.
  • Great! (20/04/2015, 10:24) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    This a good guy. How VIP plans to win the other districts and at large seat them. I here VIP getting emotional don't want run against family. We all related!
  • l (20/04/2015, 10:30) Like (10) Dislike (0) Reply
    Now we only supposing. But, suppose VIP and NDP each get 6 seats and PEP get the second district only. What if the representative for the second district said he will only team up the party who makes him the Premier?
    • YAWN (20/04/2015, 11:21) Like (4) Dislike (9) Reply

      That won't happen because Mitch will landslide Alvin and C Dawson easily in the second.

  • Yes (20/04/2015, 10:36) Like (14) Dislike (6) Reply
    With the vip win in the 9th fraser will be chief
  • egg face (20/04/2015, 10:55) Like (28) Dislike (18) Reply
    The problem for the NDP is the are unpopular and have not done much for the people…so it does not matter who the VIP pick they will win….the people just will not accept another 4 years of the NDP
  • great (20/04/2015, 11:01) Like (34) Dislike (9) Reply
    So impress to learn the VIP getting them act together. I was on the fence for the 9th but with this big pickup VIP gone clear plus I heard they have three heavy weight coming for At large...I feel Good the end days for the wicked corrupt NDP is coming…how long? Not long?
    • Pundit (20/04/2015, 13:40) Like (1) Dislike (6) Reply
      You have me cracking up with the How Long line. It ain't a bad pick, but NDP will still prevail. VIP's At Large are always weak..
      • @pindit (20/04/2015, 19:02) Like (1) Dislike (2) Reply
        Some VIP at large better run in district if they want victory. Listen to the people.
  • VG (20/04/2015, 12:06) Like (14) Dislike (0) Reply
    With all out we win
  • shaw (20/04/2015, 12:42) Like (3) Dislike (7) Reply
    All out is in the hospitality business. Can he stand up to North Sound developers and the dazzle of money on behalf of the people? I hope so.
    • right (20/04/2015, 13:50) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
      I hope he also stands up to those snobs down in Belmont/Smugglers area Pat.
    • Well (21/04/2015, 06:24) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      the hospitality business is a dynamic one. it is not a light weight area. do not worry this is not a light weight here. we ready for all ah we with ALL OUT!
  • vote VIP all the way! (20/04/2015, 12:46) Like (13) Dislike (0) Reply
    All out is the icing on the cake!
  • Look Ting Here!! (20/04/2015, 13:19) Like (10) Dislike (0) Reply
    The NDP party has two candidates running for the ninth and All Out will give both of them a cut you know what. All Out and we.. bringing it home. VIP voters when you go to the Polls whether 2015 or 2016, look for the lady with the torch and X them all out including All Out!!! It's now ting start, bring it on...
  • betty (20/04/2015, 13:22) Like (20) Dislike (0) Reply
    I love the going green t shirts where can i get one?
  • Pick a Ring (20/04/2015, 14:08) Like (5) Dislike (14) Reply
    My Premier needs to call election now and catch VIP rug rats with their pants down.

    NDP all no way.
  • winner (20/04/2015, 17:42) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    For once vip got something right with all out
  • Laugh (20/04/2015, 18:28) Like (0) Dislike (3) Reply
    This is the best laugh for the day
  • q tips (20/04/2015, 23:16) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    ndp spin and money still will not help them once the people's mind are made up that it.....
  • Breaking News..! (21/04/2015, 07:07) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
    The Rumor Mill got Bertie O'Neal and Albert Wheatley dropping our, cause they say that All Out is to charismatic.
    He lives in the 9th and has his business (the popular Mine Shaft & Sunset Cafe) in the 9th; his father, Mr Milford Sprauve, lovingly known as Sputnick was from North Sound and his charismatic mother Mrs Berniece Sprauve is from the Valley; roots all over the place. His deep family/community roots and military training in the US and Tourism related business are all pluses.

    Besides all this, the Unpopular NDP sat idly by for the past 3 pressure-burst-pipe years, while Social Security was
    sitting on that $16-million, while Mr. Frazer was on rubbing the skin off his knees begging the Doc to release some
    money into the economy during the Recession so that the people could save their properties from the foreign Banks and feed their families.

    These guys know very well, that the folks won't be fooled by the last minute crazy spending. There's more money now being spent as if we were going to host the Olympics. lol

    If NDP was so sure of themselves, spending a mere $1-million would have secure seat and Legacy.

    While you can't tell people what to do, it would make sence for these guys to save their money to pay for their
    folks studying overseas. They can make their contribution when they return home.

    By the way, in the US, the Republican spent more than $300,000,000 IN 2008 to dislodge Mr. Obama, and
    right next door in SkN Dougie spent $4.5-million to charter 24 planes to transport voters to support his
    20-year old ruling Labour Party. In both cases, we know what happened.

    Nuff said
    • NDP supporter (21/04/2015, 10:12) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
      While I support NDP, most of what you said makes sense. I think All Out will win as well. I not so sure VIP will still win though. Like it or not, a lot has been done in the last 4 years (Hospital, cruise Ship Dock, Sewage project, etc.). But I agree, this last minute thing is so played out... But VG and Anegada certainly need more attention.
      • @NDP Supporter (21/04/2015, 12:59) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
        While I agree with you that they have done some good, the main issue is infrastructural projects doesn't guarantee the NDP a win on election day because all those initiatives are for the long term which is prudent what happened to the now. I am objective person but they are many persons in this Territory are struggling more than ever before and I don't see any short term initiatives being brought forward. We all are entitled to support whatever party but the reality is too many suffering people out here.

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