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I am not begging for your vote, I want to earn it – Preston Stoutt

- Reiterate calls for investigation into 98% pass rate
Preston Stoutt speaking at his meeting on Saturday September 5, 2011.
Stoutt with supporters following his meeting.
Stoutt with supporters following his meeting.
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – As the 2011 General Elections closed in, independent candidate in the 1st electoral district Preston Stoutt says he will not beg anyone to vote for him as it is something that any politician can do.

Speaking at the rally at the Capoons Bay Field on Saturday evening November 5, 2011, Mr. Stoutt said throughout the campaign politicians have been asking for votes for his mission is to earn it.

“My mission has always been to earn your vote, to look you in the eye and tell you exactly where I stand. To let you know that there is an alternative to the failed ways of our current government officials,” Stoutt told a decent crowd of supporters at his meeting.

During his meeting, Stoutt outlined many of his plans that he has put forward for the Virgin Islands that have been made public via his website. He has put forward plans for jobs, the environment, consumer protection and education among others.

Representative “Drunk on Personal Power”

The son of the late H. Lavity Stoutt, took a hard swing at the current representative Hon. Andrew Fahie. He spoke of an advertisement that he claims was a political ad paid out of the Government’s treasury by the Minister and also continued his call for an investigation into the 98 percent graduation rate. “And when a child graduates from High School, it won’t be because the Minister of Education watered down the graduation rates. They will walk out of their school with their head held high and with the confidence to face their pursuit of becoming productive adults,” he said.

Stoutt further lashed out at Fahie saying he was “drunk on personal power” for 12 years. “But I will admit, I was happy when my opponent made a statement at one of his rally appearances that he was going to run a “sober” campaign. Well to that I say it is about time considering he has been drunk on personal power for twelve long years.”

Consumer Protection

Among the issues that Stoutt addressed was the need for consumer protection. He said Government has done nothing when it comes to “rising food cost, rising energy cost, rising rents and a strangle hold that the banks have on each and every one of us”.

“How are our families supposed to get ahead when they pay $6 for cereal to feed our children, when they pay $5 for a gallon of gas and interest rates at the bank that keep them in debt forever. We are going to change that.”

Stoutt said he was the first candidate in the campaign to stand up to the food retailers, the energy companies and the banks and he is not afraid to take them on and neither should the people. “We are going to increase competition in the territory so that no longer will the two be able to control cost it will be the market forces, driven by the consumer that will determine cost. Will bring in credit unions that will be owned by you, you will have voice in the banking industry and you will benefit from the success, that is the kind of change that this current government and special interest is afraid of,” he charged.

Stoutt will come up against Fahie today at the polls of the 2007 General Elections as the two are the only candidates contesting the first district seat.

8 Responses to “I am not begging for your vote, I want to earn it – Preston Stoutt ”

  • positive vision (07/11/2011, 07:36) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    now ,thats what i call looking out for the people speach in politics .not pointing finger at one another for nothing.
  • NDP attack dog (07/11/2011, 08:17) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    bouy stoutt you started off to late but join a party in 2015 & give Andrew hell...
  • Canfield (07/11/2011, 08:59) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Very happy to see VINO give Stoutt equal time on election day. Stoutt has run an amazing modern day campaign for change and VINO has done a good job of presenting a fair story about that. I guess now it's just up to the people and whether they want the old (Fahie) vs. the new (Stoutt).
  • well sah (07/11/2011, 10:49) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    he look like andrew sah!
  • winham (07/11/2011, 14:06) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    he waitng too late I staying with fahie
  • First district (07/11/2011, 17:33) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Preston NO ONE in the first district wants you. Maybe if you had told us of you accomplishments in the district? Service club, church, community service, men fellowship, beautification committee. What have you done? You just started talking to people because you want to earn my vote. You are NOT a people's person Preston so start working on coming down to our level like Fahie and then you will get earn our votes. Like I said "Without a doubt I did not vote for Stoutt".
  • dog fight (07/11/2011, 17:40) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    hope Prston can tek he licking from Fahie

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