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‘It is my time now’- Dr Hubert O’Neal

- relieved to see Hon RT O’Neal out of the D9 race; confident of his chances with the ‘level playing field’
NDP Ninth District Candidate Dr Hubert O'Neal says he is going 'All Out' at this year's national elections. Photo: VINO
Leader of the Opposition Hon Ralph T. O’Neal, OBE entered the political arena in 1975 and was successful in being elected as the representative of the then Seventh District, of Virgin Gorda. By 1979 there was a shuffling of districts and Virgin Gorda together with Anegada became the Ninth District. Once elected in 1975, Hon O’Neal never lost an election and was successful in the elections of 1979, 1983, 1986, 1990, 1995, 1999, 2003, 2007, and 2011. Photo: VINO/File
Leader of the Opposition Hon Ralph T. O’Neal, OBE entered the political arena in 1975 and was successful in being elected as the representative of the then Seventh District, of Virgin Gorda. By 1979 there was a shuffling of districts and Virgin Gorda together with Anegada became the Ninth District. Once elected in 1975, Hon O’Neal never lost an election and was successful in the elections of 1979, 1983, 1986, 1990, 1995, 1999, 2003, 2007, and 2011. Photo: VINO/File
Hon Ralph T. O’Neal has since endorsed the VIP’s Ninth District candidate Elton L. Sprauve aka All Out. Photo: VINO
Hon Ralph T. O’Neal has since endorsed the VIP’s Ninth District candidate Elton L. Sprauve aka All Out. Photo: VINO
Dr Hubert O'Neal and Mr Elton L. Sprauve are among several others contesting for the seat of Ninth District Representative. Photo: VINO/File
Dr Hubert O'Neal and Mr Elton L. Sprauve are among several others contesting for the seat of Ninth District Representative. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – National Democratic Party (NDP) candidate for the Ninth District, Dr Hubert O’Neal, is fancying his chances at the June 8, 2015 general elections of the Virgin Islands now that the political stalwart and long-time representative, the incumbent Hon Ralph T. O’Neal OBE will not be contesting.

Dr O’Neal was denied at the polls in his four attempts by the first Premier of the Virgin Islands, Hon O’Neal who entered the political arena in 1975 and was successful in being elected as the representative of the then Seventh District, of Virgin Gorda. By 1979 there was a shuffling of districts and Virgin Gorda together with Anegada became the Ninth District.

Once elected in 1975, Hon O’Neal never lost an election and was successful in the elections of 1979, 1983, 1986, 1990, 1995, 1999, 2003, 2007, and 2011.

Leader of the Opposition, Hon O’Neal has since endorsed the VIP’s Ninth District candidate Elton L. Sprauve aka All Out.

With the all-time, never before seen rush for the seat of Ninth District representative candidates under the National Democratic Party Hubert O’Neal seems to have a strong eye on the Virgin Islands Party Candidate for that district Mr Elton Sprauve aka ‘All Out’.

Speaking at an NDP rally at the Road Town Market Square on May 6, 2015, Dr O'Neal said now that Hon O’Neal is out of the way he is going “all out” to ensure he wins the Ninth District.

“When I was up against the ‘big man’ in the Ninth District (Hon Ralph T. O’Neal), I was a lone voice. I was the only one who raised my voice. In this election year, it’s going to be different; it is a level playing field this time.”

Other persons vying for the Ninth District seat are the People’s Empowerment Party’s Faye J. Reese-Charles and Independent candidates Dr Rawle R. Hannibal, Mr Albert O. Wheatley and Mrs Stephanie I. Faulkner-Williams.

‘It is my time now’

Dr O’Neal described himself as not being an “ordinary man”. “A lot of you will say, but what kind of man is this? What is he made of? After you get knocked down four times; would you get back up? I know many a man would give it up after the second time. That’s reasonable to think of an ordinary man, but this man before you here tonight is not an ordinary man,” Dr O’Neal said.

Noting that he is the “true hope of proper representation” for the people of the Ninth District, Dr O’Neal said, “It is my time now; it is my time.”

Dr O'Neal ran unsuccessfully for the Ninth District seat in 1999, 2003, 2007 and 2011.

Meanwhile, the territory is positioning themselves to hear Mr Sprauve make his first face-to-face presentation, laying out his strategies and plans that would take the Ninth District and, by large, the territory forward.

That session takes place tonight, May 11, 2015 on the sister island of Virgin Gorda and is expected to see a mammoth turnout of possible voters, supporters, and those who are keen to hear what are Mr Sprauve’s plans and strategies.

Sprauve’s public meeting is scheduled to take place at 7:30pm at the lot adjacent to the Catholic Community Centre.

A special ferry has been organised for persons wishing to attend the event from Tortola. The ferry will depart the Road Town Jetty at 6:30pm and return immediately after the event.

26 Responses to “‘It is my time now’- Dr Hubert O’Neal”

  • No Name (11/05/2015, 10:54) Like (69) Dislike (17) Reply
    “It is my time now; it is my time.”

    Really?????? Think again!!!
  • blah (11/05/2015, 11:00) Like (54) Dislike (11) Reply
    It is time for you to retire and take Dr. Smith with you. Your own party sent Albert to replace you but ironically you don't even see it.
  • .......... (11/05/2015, 11:09) Like (33) Dislike (6) Reply
    As long as he with the ndp he cant make it!!
  • Akeem Adonis (11/05/2015, 11:10) Like (0) Dislike (4) Reply
    I'm here Hi #22 #godbody #11 #prince #ballout #711 Rev 11:7...#VirginIslands #Theron #666 #777 #balance #ADONIS #facebookme ...I'm Here..Let's Go
  • ooooo (11/05/2015, 11:19) Like (39) Dislike (11) Reply
    it is his time to exit the stage
  • kids (11/05/2015, 11:29) Like (43) Dislike (6) Reply
    He better sit down not friendly person. Where was he all the time
  • street (11/05/2015, 11:35) Like (32) Dislike (3) Reply
    Dr. O' Neal sound like he is entitle to be the 9 district representative, the fact that you got rejected four times by the people of the V.G means that they do not need you. May be if your a VIP member you would have been the front runner.
    • Dear Hubert (11/05/2015, 13:14) Like (22) Dislike (3) Reply
      Dear Hubert,
      Your father was good to Virgin Gorda. He died carrying out his duties. But his position was not left in a will for you. Your brother tried it twice and gave it up. It is not a dynasty. You are not your father. We loved him; you are not him. You are another person. Save yourself the pain and give it up.
  • God time (11/05/2015, 11:35) Like (17) Dislike (1) Reply
    its God time it always was an will always be , because man never in time and pay no time to time , even though we are living on borrow time,but God always in time so you do the maths
  • Huh? (11/05/2015, 12:22) Like (21) Dislike (5) Reply
    Time for what? What are you offering the people of VG? When was the last time you were even here? What is that makes you different this time?
  • ABC (11/05/2015, 13:05) Like (33) Dislike (4) Reply
    One ONEAL out and another in. Is this what he is saying? He is just like that man U. Scatliffe, don't know when to quit. I am glad that Tilford has finally cleared the air. Dr. Oneal please go and get a new pair of glasses to enable you to see the writing on the wall.
  • TOLA MASSIVE (11/05/2015, 13:12) Like (16) Dislike (1) Reply
    I don't think mr Hubert O'neal stand a chance, he is not a people person and can't relate to the ordinary man. Mr spurve. On the other hand is a very social and likable character within the Virgin Gorda community
  • TIme... (11/05/2015, 13:28) Like (7) Dislike (6) Reply
    Only time will tell sir. Good luck to you. You are the longest, most experience candidate in this VG race. I hope you have learned a lot from not only RT but your colleagues in the NDP.... Good luck and God speed.
  • Outlaw (11/05/2015, 13:30) Like (18) Dislike (1) Reply
    Your time? Man your time has already passed you and you don't even realized it. Please go sit down Dr. Hubert O'Neal
  • north sound (11/05/2015, 13:36) Like (19) Dislike (2) Reply
    NOT NOW NOT EVER WE DO NOT WANT DR. ONEAL LET ALONE THE NDP..THE UK WILL TEK OVER
  • virgin gorda (11/05/2015, 15:06) Like (20) Dislike (1) Reply
    He mean his time to pack he bags and call it in!!!
  • Valley (11/05/2015, 18:09) Like (5) Dislike (2) Reply
    Is time to do what man? go sit down you dead self!!
  • POLITICAL DEBATES (11/05/2015, 19:13) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    MEDIA HOUSES, PLEASE GET TOGETHER TO ORGANIZE AND SPONSOR A POLITICAL DEBATE WITH SOME OF THIS ELECTION MONEY. MOVE THE GOLD POST AND ENHANCE THE POLITICAL MATURITY. ANYONE WHO DECLINES TO PARTICIPATE, LET THE PUBLIC KNOW.
  • Forbidden Truth (11/05/2015, 22:37) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    Go to Bucks Food Market you will find some fresh "time" in the veggie section. That the only "time" you will be getting.
  • Fatness (11/05/2015, 22:52) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    Man ayo stop complaining and give Hubert a chance, he might surprise you all......Hubert are you reading and hearing the cries of the people, you had ample time to address that before election came back, I heard that last time about you, and you sure did not fix the problem. The cries are right back and its the same cry. You have to enteract with the people not for what you want but at all times. I believe that you will do good, but you have to prove yourself Hubert. Even if you loose today still be there tomorrow aight.
  • lord-o (12/05/2015, 03:40) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    NDP Leadership should have said to him in a respectful and nice way--"Mr. O`neal I think its in the best interest of the Party and yourself to try someone new--Sorry"--And save him all this humiliation.. Weak leadership... they Throw Mr. O`neal in the Lions Den and he is neither Shedroch--MeeShoch--or Abendigo.---Food for the Lions
  • WRITING ON THE WALL (12/05/2015, 09:46) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
    His own brother, Romie, now deceased about 4 years, told him to give it a rest years ago; or switch party if you really want to improve his chances. Here's how Albert Einstein described the word, INSANITY: "doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.". How can an Absentee MIA for years, all of a sudden show up in the community and try to topple the always-around, in-the-community guy?. He has got to be crazy and Insane, like Einstein explained.

    His father, Robinson O'Neal, better known as Robbie, was a great man and was the Representative of the 9th District during the early 1970s and H L Stoutt was Chief Minister. A story about Robbie goes like this: he owned a barge named the "Caridad".
    On day he decided that the government's Backhoe, (the only one owned at the time), and had to be sheared between all of the districts was needed on Virgin Gorda. Since he owned his own transportation, (his barge), he called up Mr. Stoutt to advised him that the backhoe was needed right away. Stout told him that he would have to wait since the backhoe was on JVD. Robbie then told him that he better have it at the dock in Road Town by the time his barge gets there. Stoutt did exactly as he was asked. The rest is history. Now that's was representation.

    Bertie squandered a golden opportunity...and it is said that: Somethings just don't com back. One of those is Opportunity.

    Sorry Bertie. Perhaps you'd want to become an Activist instead. Much can be done outside of government.

    Bye Bertie


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