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JoAnn ‘Roxie’ Romney expected to run for office!

- the second daughter of late Chief Minister Cyril B. Romney will reportedly contest with the main Opposition Virgin Islands Party
Ms JoAnn ‘Roxie’ Romney, a businesswomen and indigenous Virgin Islander, is expected to be one of 13 candidates in the line-up on the VIP ticket expected to be made public on the night of Wednesday, May 6, 2015 after the governing body of the VIP, the Congress, holds a meeting and elections to ratify its candidates. Photo: Team of Reporters
Mr Cyril B. Romney served as Chief Minister of the Virgin Islands from 1983 to 1986. He also served as a member of the then Legislative Council from 1979 to 1995, some 16 years representing the Fifth District. He was the first Virgin Islander to hold the post of Financial Secretary, and was also a business leader in the Territory and the region. Photo: VINO/File
Mr Cyril B. Romney served as Chief Minister of the Virgin Islands from 1983 to 1986. He also served as a member of the then Legislative Council from 1979 to 1995, some 16 years representing the Fifth District. He was the first Virgin Islander to hold the post of Financial Secretary, and was also a business leader in the Territory and the region. Photo: VINO/File
JoAnn 'Roxie' Romney will join two other possible candidates with direct links to late Chief Ministers. Preston P. Stoutt (right), the son of the late Chief Minister H. Lavity Stoutt, has announced he will run as an Independent candidate in the First District and Natalio D. ‘Sowande Uhuru’ Wheatley (left) is expected to be a candidate under the People’s Empowerment Party banner. He is the grandson of the late Chief Minister, Willard Wheatley. Photo: VINO/Provided
JoAnn 'Roxie' Romney will join two other possible candidates with direct links to late Chief Ministers. Preston P. Stoutt (right), the son of the late Chief Minister H. Lavity Stoutt, has announced he will run as an Independent candidate in the First District and Natalio D. ‘Sowande Uhuru’ Wheatley (left) is expected to be a candidate under the People’s Empowerment Party banner. He is the grandson of the late Chief Minister, Willard Wheatley. Photo: VINO/Provided
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Information just reaching our news room from sources close to the main Opposition Virgin Islands Party (VIP) is that the second eldest daughter of the late Chief Minister, Cyril B. Romney, will be a candidate on the VIP ticket for the upcoming general elections.

Ms JoAnn ‘Roxie’ Romney, a businesswomen and indigenous Virgin Islander, is expected to be one of 13 candidates in the line-up on the VIP ticket expected to be made public on the night of Wednesday, May 6, 2015 after the governing body of the VIP, the Congress, holds a meeting and elections to ratify its candidates.

However, the party seems to be tight-lipped as to whether Ms Romney, who was very close to her father and worked on his many political campaigns, will be an At-Large candidate or run in a district.

Neither Ms Romney nor the VIP President, Carvin Malone, could be reached as of press time.

It is believed the VIP is expected to release an impressive list of candidates to take on the ruling National Democratic Party (NDP).

Roxie’s dad, Cyril B. Romney

Cyril B. Romney, a son of West End on the main island of Tortola, was born on March 1, 1931 and died in a Miami hospital on July 19, 2007.

Mr Romney served as Chief Minister of the Virgin Islands from 1983 to 1986. He also served as a member of the then Legislative Council from 1979 to 1995, some 16 years representing the Fifth District. He was the first Virgin Islander to hold the post of Financial Secretary, and was also a business leader in the Territory and the region.

Former Chief Minister Romney is credited with being the leader of the cruise industry, as well as the financial service industry, both sectors that have helped to take the tiny overseas territory to prosperity.

Roxie will join two other possible candidates with direct links to late Chief Ministers. Preston P. Stoutt, the son of the late Chief Minister H. Lavity Stoutt, has announced he will run as an Independent candidate in the First District and Natalio D. ‘Sowande Uhuru’ Wheatley is expected to be a candidate under the People’s Empowerment Party banner. He is the grandson of the late Chief Minister, Willard Wheatley.

Snap elections: Who were caught with pants down?

Since last year, Leader of the Opposition and former VIP Chairman Hon Ralph T. O’Neal OBE warned his VIP supporters and the country of snap elections and three months ago the VIP announced that the elections will be on July 6, 2015. With the House of Assembly now dissolved, the VIP is prepared to go to the polls as early as May 25, 2015 according to a party spokeswoman.

Party boss and Premier in waiting Hon Julian Fraser RA (R3) told our news site in an exclusive interview last week that his 43-year-old party is ready for elections.

The word on the street is that the NDP was not prepared to go to the polls so early and they themselves may have been caught with their pants down. This news site is investigating the reasons behind the election being brought up from the predicted July 6, 2015 date announced by the VIP.

81 Responses to “JoAnn ‘Roxie’ Romney expected to run for office!”

  • v.i.p (03/05/2015, 12:08) Like (17) Dislike (3) Reply
    Look trouble this election hot up sah I waiting...
  • Just saying (03/05/2015, 12:12) Like (40) Dislike (18) Reply
    Go girl we got your back!!!
  • weed (03/05/2015, 12:13) Like (30) Dislike (8) Reply
    a breath of freach air
  • Concern 1 (03/05/2015, 12:23) Like (20) Dislike (1) Reply
    We ready for de road........ well sa this road race gonna be good. Anyone else ready for the bullring or fighting arena .Who gonna be victorious like Mayweather?
  • ooooo (03/05/2015, 12:32) Like (36) Dislike (14) Reply
    VIP SOLDIERS GET READY...WE ARE MARCHING ON...FORWARD EVER BACKWARDS NEVER
  • vote VIP all the way! (03/05/2015, 12:35) Like (44) Dislike (34) Reply
    Let us take back this country from those bandits. We want district 1, 3, 5, 6, 7, 9 and 2 at larges.
  • we want a level playing field (03/05/2015, 12:41) Like (35) Dislike (13) Reply
    We want decency in the house of assembly not conflict of interest with the NDP cast. Put an end to the self interest, cronyism, underhandedness and victimization.
  • voter 1 (03/05/2015, 12:41) Like (20) Dislike (5) Reply
    All you must stop this stupidness about "catching people with their pants down" .The former government of St Kitts/Nevis said the same thing and now they are in opposition.However ,what we need to do and have is a set date for election for example 5th May every 5 years for proper presentation and process. This needs to be legislated. Proper campaigning,debates, etc. Not this rush in and rush process. All I have to say may the best team win even though I do need change.
    • We Going All-Out With All-Out & Team VIP (03/05/2015, 15:45) Like (17) Dislike (5) Reply
      That's right.! Don't mind the noise..and like Quito in his song' "Millions and Millions and more",
      we won't be fooled.

      This election is more about who has your best interest and is looking out for you all of the time; not who forgot about
      us for the past 40 months of starvation, all of a sudden wants to choke you..for your vote
  • Sonia (03/05/2015, 12:43) Like (16) Dislike (3) Reply
    Nice
  • .......... (03/05/2015, 12:48) Like (27) Dislike (11) Reply
    Nice roxie is good ppl
  • NDP heckler (03/05/2015, 12:50) Like (33) Dislike (16) Reply
    The NDP is rushing off this election before the 16 million dollars done. They are trying to buy the voters like how they bought a few politicians. So please becareful with all the political gimmicks. Work will be starting all over the place to fool the voting public. Do not be fooled, vote for the VIP who built this country. The NDP is claiming fame off VIP projects. Everything in this country have the VIP's signature on it. On election day vote for the complete VIP team ALL THE WAY! DO NOT SPLIT YOUR VOTES. Just remember how the NDP starved us and laughed at us after some of us voted for them in 2011.
  • the new and improved vip (03/05/2015, 12:56) Like (30) Dislike (20) Reply
    Andrew, Julian, Joann, Zoe, Elvis, Maynard, Walters, All Out and the rest of the winning crew.
    • d v (03/05/2015, 14:11) Like (10) Dislike (19) Reply
      Walters for god sake go sit down with that dead horse ndp got marlon covered
    • @ the new and improved vip (03/05/2015, 14:15) Like (12) Dislike (8) Reply
      where ayo going wid walters and Juggie please wheel and come again yall
    • Tme will Tell (03/05/2015, 15:08) Like (3) Dislike (3) Reply
      Wow.. and only two of them expected to win...lol.. Way to goo...yeaaahhh!!!
  • voter 1 (03/05/2015, 13:49) Like (21) Dislike (29) Reply
    Is this the BIG GUN?

    please wheel and come again, she cant even win
    the district she live in.
  • apple pie (03/05/2015, 14:13) Like (20) Dislike (6) Reply
    I work with roxie boss she is a nonsence person she ready
  • Lily Ann (03/05/2015, 14:18) Like (21) Dislike (2) Reply
    This is what I call new blood…but looking at the three former CM siblings I think Joana has the best chance to win
  • making 18 in august (03/05/2015, 14:40) Like (32) Dislike (8) Reply
    I am feeling left out of the voting process. In protest I will encourage my friends to against the NDP for pulling off that early stunt.
  • ping (03/05/2015, 14:53) Like (26) Dislike (6) Reply
    Snap elections are used to turn the attention of voters from negative policies and initiatives a current government is pursuing. They thought this snapping would do the job and thought wrong. We will not forget the victimization, we will not forget that they are waiting to inflict NHI on us, we will not forget the tax hikes. We will not forget the disrespect issued against persons who are not in the circle, and disrespect for people property we will not forget that $20 million consultancy bill and still had no money to do other necessary things. how soon they forget but we have not forgotten. By the way, snap elections also back fire.
    • FYI (03/05/2015, 16:08) Like (12) Dislike (8) Reply
      Just incase you didnt know, its vip who started NHI and no matter who wins it will be put in place. Nice try though.
      • Yeh Right (03/05/2015, 17:40) Like (6) Dislike (1) Reply
        No, right try by you. VIP considered it, but why did they not bring it? Do your research.
    • chad (04/05/2015, 19:37) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
      No we will not forget! Cause it happen to us in 2007 - 2011
  • nocare (03/05/2015, 15:07) Like (20) Dislike (36) Reply
    Roxie or Foxy, we running with Walwyn. He right to run and our right to vote. We are not afraid.
  • voter (03/05/2015, 15:12) Like (19) Dislike (6) Reply
    As a registered voter, I cannot comprehend why candidates are waiting until the last minute to rally or I as I would term it, show interest in our community (some candidates not all).

  • cay (03/05/2015, 15:31) Like (20) Dislike (13) Reply
    Hope she is better that her dad
  • Mark (03/05/2015, 15:56) Like (8) Dislike (10) Reply
    Maybe next elections but no time for job training please
    • @Mark (03/05/2015, 23:01) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
      How many young trainees do you have? How many were there in 2011? All now they still training.
  • kk (03/05/2015, 16:00) Like (10) Dislike (1) Reply
    Who ever promise to abolished the Hospital board, TRC board and most of these boards and put an administrator/Czar in place working close with the PS responsible to the minister as a replacement. I am voting for. These boards are corrupt, ineffective and oppressive--Why the Nurse cant get their increments-Why? and why the head getting all the benefits--Why? Why
  • concerned citizen (03/05/2015, 16:04) Like (14) Dislike (5) Reply
    I am afraid the NDP will introduce high NHI rates and hiked tax rates if they get back in.
  • Just say no! (03/05/2015, 16:08) Like (14) Dislike (3) Reply
    NO! to NHI, NO! to higher taxes and NO! to the NDP.
  • big bird (03/05/2015, 16:25) Like (21) Dislike (4) Reply
    Is she married she is hot!!!
  • Oh yeah (03/05/2015, 16:46) Like (9) Dislike (1) Reply
    So she for the 99%?
  • ABC (03/05/2015, 16:46) Like (27) Dislike (3) Reply
    She will get my vote over many of them who are waiting there hoping to get a second term to collect a big fat pension. I will take my chance with some of the intelligent ones who are capable of making a difference
  • BelAir (03/05/2015, 17:02) Like (23) Dislike (6) Reply
    Now now now look a real woman here. A real entrepreneur and business woman that contributed so much and got fire in her blood!! Your dad would be proud madam. This territory will not suffer under her hands. Pleass restore our culture bring back some respect to our land lady Roxie!!! It's being like a circus in the HOA. VIP all you hit the right spot!! All 5 votes out my house hands down!! Who say our next Premier not working!!!
  • m m (03/05/2015, 17:04) Like (29) Dislike (2) Reply
    one thing she got going for her is she does not need goverment to get rich unlike thoes who paying them self huge sums out of goverment
  • Nice (03/05/2015, 17:16) Like (13) Dislike (2) Reply
    Go Roxie Go VIP all the way !!!!! I don't know u but my heart tell me your are good people !!! You have my Xxxxxxxx
  • wize up (03/05/2015, 17:32) Like (12) Dislike (1) Reply
    what took you so long; wonderful ( hope is on the horizon)
  • ooooo (03/05/2015, 18:44) Like (9) Dislike (3) Reply
    did the government paid the people their increments???
    • civil servant (03/05/2015, 20:30) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
      NO! but they give a few like the hodge guy and others who got friends in HR
    • SLOW JAM (03/05/2015, 21:02) Like (0) Dislike (5) Reply
      And then you want these same People from those Islands to VOTE VIP ALL THE WAY. !!!!!
    • @ooooo (03/05/2015, 21:48) Like (6) Dislike (2) Reply
      No not yet, that's why the National Dirty Party got to go
    • broke again (03/05/2015, 23:38) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      Well they paying who they want. Lots of people ain't get their money yet
  • born here (03/05/2015, 18:46) Like (26) Dislike (6) Reply
    "Ms JoAnn ‘Roxie’ Romney, a businesswomen and indigenous Virgin Islander,".....i love that she is one of we not from Aguilla, Antigua or St. Kitts BAM
  • mvw (03/05/2015, 18:55) Like (4) Dislike (34) Reply
    dead on arrival you should have join the NDP better hope
  • at large hopefuls (03/05/2015, 18:56) Like (6) Dislike (2) Reply
    Roxie? Dawson? Irene? Dancia? Keith? Old Father? Rosan? Rajah? Mclean? ANY 4 WILL DO...ONE WAY FORWARD!
  • land for a vote (03/05/2015, 19:03) Like (6) Dislike (6) Reply
    VIP/NDP/PPA who can give me land asap will get my vote...


    Sea It Clear.
  • Bvi man (03/05/2015, 19:30) Like (16) Dislike (1) Reply
    she has integrity she will do well where ever she runs
  • VIP Supporter (03/05/2015, 20:29) Like (15) Dislike (0) Reply
    I definitely voting VIP all the way now - great choice of candidate
  • Realist (03/05/2015, 20:40) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    I don't know her but she seems like a great pick. A great suggession will be to present the bios and credentials of her and other potential candidates by way of the online newsites for voters to make an informed decision on election day.
  • Stetson (03/05/2015, 23:30) Like (7) Dislike (1) Reply
    I think Ms. Romney would make a wonderful leader. She has the acute business acumen for the right progressive policies and above all keeping the welfare of Islanders at the forefront in our world's ever changing globalist environment. And more importantly, she is tough as nails when it comes to fairness, but determined to keep the British Virgin Islands a model of indigenous strength and respect for its own self-determination.
  • jokes (04/05/2015, 05:38) Like (8) Dislike (5) Reply
    she could win but the VIP still waaaaay behind so dem got to announce all of them candidates yall
  • liberal (04/05/2015, 07:58) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    I always hoping that she would be best with tourism experience and knowledge we need for our industry
    • @liberal (04/05/2015, 08:32) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
      I think that Minister responsible for Tourism should not be the Premier as this lady seems capable of holding this post. The Premier should hold the portfolios of Finance and Homeland Security. However, this should be done under a VIP Administration.
  • liberal (04/05/2015, 08:10) Like (13) Dislike (1) Reply
    Preston you need to get on board the atlarge vip seat, you will have our votes in the 9th, 8th, 7th, 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 5th
  • stkitts /born bvi (04/05/2015, 08:55) Like (7) Dislike (4) Reply
    VIP all the way I'll be there rallying with the vip .Fraser for chief minister
    • Thanks (04/05/2015, 09:49) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
      Sir/Maam, They there with their stupidness that VIP hate island people but we are all island people and we going in ONE DIRECTION..... FORWARD!
      • Yes (04/05/2015, 11:09) Like (1) Dislike (9) Reply
        forward - over the cliff.
      • Ah boy (05/05/2015, 08:02) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        Look naturalised people sah. All caribbean people going in ONE DIRECTION.... FORWARD! Remember people you owe no Government under which naturalisation occurs anything. You earned that and they can't take it back either. Once you continue your honest living you good. Do not let them force you all into voting for them because you got naturalisation papers with them in. Do not let them bully you and issue you scare tactics.
  • THE INFORMED (04/05/2015, 11:34) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
    BVI in trouble. When the Doctor steps down after the election, who will be our next Premier? The funny man! Not even the lady who cannot "run" can stop it. Myron in Pickering out.
  • @ the watcher (04/05/2015, 11:43) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    I heard she coming in the 4th for action man. Should be a good run!
    • light (04/05/2015, 13:43) Like (1) Dislike (3) Reply
      Boy she's better at large. For she for all ah we. Anywhere she run she in!
  • Ting To Tawk (04/05/2015, 12:24) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
    VIP start off sluggish, but the paste is getting hawttt now! Forward eva!! My green team.
  • shhhh... (04/05/2015, 13:16) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Keep rolling out the carpet. Vip let keep it rolling, I can assure you this election won't be no walk in the park. I heard a next heavy weight coming, I won't leak it just yet, vino does a better Job.
  • Yes (04/05/2015, 14:13) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    Look vip on the part to victory look trouble with fraser as premier
  • The fat lady warming up (04/05/2015, 16:25) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    Great choice. Sure Winner!!!!
  • Jost van Dyke (04/05/2015, 21:15) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    hell yes she got my vote!!!
  • My10cents (05/05/2015, 15:00) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    I like Roxie as a person. She is affable and yes she is a successful businesswoman. But does it necessarily follow that she will be an effective leader in government? People are ready to give her their X at the mere prospect of her running in the elections but what are her plans? What is her vision for the country? What is she planning to do to take the country to the next level? We are yet to hear this. So on what basis is she getting your X for those who have made up their minds already.
    • Stetson (06/05/2015, 18:11) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      My10cents, a fair and honest question all prospective leaders should be asked. I believe Roxie asks herself this question all the time not only with government officials but more importantly her role. I think she understands all too well that any vision for the BVIs must come from the grassroots level, period. She understands that what is happening in the NDP only serves an elite percentage with no remedy or recourse for real local concerns. If you remember, she had to fight to get a cell phone competitor in the BVIs to offset the monopolization of power with this industry in the islands. Frankly, she beat them. That's the kind of politician the people need who can stand toe to toe and not flinch with entrenched power. Moreover, she may not have all the answers, for that fact most politicians who say they do the people should be wary of. However, if she doesn't know the answer you can bet she will go and dig until that answer is satisfactory with the people. Again, I cannot entreat strong enough that Roxie is about fairness and what the Islanders want. Her constitution would not have it any other way.


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