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Kenneth E. Mapp Out! Albert Bryan Jr In! as USVI Governor-Elect

- Mr Bryan ended night with 11,796 votes to Mr Mapp’s 9,766
Mr Albert Bryan Jr has emerged victorious over Governor Kenneth E. Mapp to become the ninth elected Governor of the U.S. Virgin Islands. Photo: VI Consortium
Mr Albert Bryan Jr and running mate Senator Tregenza A. Roach in a recent meeting with Opposition Leader and Chairman of the Virgin Islands Party (VIP), Honourable Andrew A. Fahie (R1). Photo: Team of Reporters
Mr Albert Bryan Jr and running mate Senator Tregenza A. Roach in a recent meeting with Opposition Leader and Chairman of the Virgin Islands Party (VIP), Honourable Andrew A. Fahie (R1). Photo: Team of Reporters
Mr Kenneth E. Mapp's character was his greatest Achilles heel, and it brought him down on Tuesday night. He was criticized for trading insults with members of the public on Facebook. Photo: VI Consortium
Mr Kenneth E. Mapp's character was his greatest Achilles heel, and it brought him down on Tuesday night. He was criticized for trading insults with members of the public on Facebook. Photo: VI Consortium
 The controversial Facebook response by Mr. Kenneth E. Mapp. Photo: Facebook
The controversial Facebook response by Mr. Kenneth E. Mapp. Photo: Facebook
CHARLOTTE AMALIE, St Thomas, USVI - Albert Bryan Jr, the Democrat who beat his competitors during the August 4, 2018, Democratic Primary Election to face the Independent Candidates and sitting Governor during the General Election went head-to-head with Governor Kenneth E. Mapp in the runoff.

Mr Bryan has emerged victorious over Mr Mapp to become the ninth elected Governor of the U.S. Virgin Islands, today Tuesday, November, 20, 2018, ending the night with 11,796 votes to Mr Mapp’s 9,766 in a bid that was long in the making.

Here in the Virgin Islands (VI), Opposition Leader and Chairman of the Virgin Islands Party (VIP), Honourable Andrew A. Fahie (R1) wasted no time to congratulate the Governor-Elect, Mr Bryan on his victorious win.

Hard work & dedication

Mr Bryan started preparing for the run over two years ago and along with running mate, Senator Tregenza A. Roach, the hard work and dedication has paid off; he stunned the incumbent Governor by overwhelmingly carrying the St. Thomas-St. John District, while collecting enough votes in St. Croix to take him over the edge.

For Mr Mapp, the story was different. He was able to hold St. Croix and won there by a definitive margin, but Mr Mapp’s weakness in St. Thomas — where he was trounced by Mr Bryan — ultimately ended his political career.

Governor Mapp is only the second incumbent Governor in U.S. Virgin Islands history to be defeated in four years; the other Governor to realize a similar fate was Roy Lester Schneider, who was roundly beaten by former Governor Charles W. Turnbull in 1998.

With the catchy slogan “Change Course Now”, calling on Virgin Islanders to abandon the current administration’s style of governance for something different, the Bryan-Roach campaign was able to successfully capitalize on Governor Mapp’s many self-inflicted wounds, much of which were caused by the Governor’s boorish character and unbridled tongue.

Unbecoming

During his four-year tenure, Mr Mapp levied many verbal assaults on residents, all of which were unbecoming of the governorship. He once called a female lawmaker, Senator Janette Millin Young, a jackass, ‘setty fowl’, stupid and crazy.

He also told a constituent to “go $&#k yourself,” and during another heated debate on Facebook, Mr Mapp responded to a resident who asked where he resided, by telling him, “wit ur mudda,” a response widely known in the Caribbean as an insult.

And on the night of October 18, 2017, during one of Mr Mapp’s hurricane recovery press conferences, the Governor shouted a reporter down in a manner that many in the community found to be appalling. Following the incident, The Virgin Islands Consortium’s Editorial Board produced a widely read condemnation of Mr Mapp’s behaviour. The editorial was titled “Mapp the Cantankerous”.

The governor’s uncouth behaviour was emblazoned in the minds of Virgin Islanders, and many developed a dislike for him. Mr Mapp’s defeat tonight, many political observers say, was not because he failed to move the USVI forward, but because of a character and demeanour that was rejected by residents.

Strong campaign strategy

Mr Bryan, who ran a brilliant and first-rate campaign that took advantage of social media, simply capitalized on the Governor’s own mistakes and presented himself as a unifier of the USVI and a competent leader.

The flood of endorsements that Mr Bryan received, including that of Senator Alicia Hansen aka 'Chucky' and Adlah A. Donastorg, also appeared to have aided in sealing the victory and Mr Bryan is also seen as the contrast of Mr Mapp.

A former Department of Labour Commissioner, Mr Bryan, 50, is perceived as young and charismatic with a wife and two children. He was also the chairman of the Economic Development Authority board.

Mr Mapp’s character was his greatest Achilles heel, and it ultimately brought him down on Tuesday night.

Editors Note: Portions of the information for this story was obtained from VI Consortium. 

12 Responses to “Kenneth E. Mapp Out! Albert Bryan Jr In! as USVI Governor-Elect ”

  • ghut boy (21/11/2018, 03:31) Like (53) Dislike (6) Reply
    Now let's change course in the bvi
    • the rock (21/11/2018, 07:49) Like (20) Dislike (40) Reply
      To a better and bigger NDP...BOOM!
      • @ the rock (21/11/2018, 10:03) Like (13) Dislike (4) Reply
        for god sake funny man wheel and come again
        • wize up (21/11/2018, 11:29) Like (3) Dislike (3) Reply
          @ the rock: sounds like you had a financially rewarding 8 years: sounds like you began as a simple pile of sands and those white envelopes or 8 years of kickbacks have turned you into a rocks(the rocks) lucky you(did u get some of that road town wall money!!!!)...keep the faith rocky
  • wize up (21/11/2018, 08:07) Like (20) Dislike (0) Reply
    this territory is no so much financial issues not to mention the social issues: whomever take over the governance of our country have a serious course to navigate: one fact for sure(when it comes to our tax money something mysterious usually happens): the people’s money is spent however the projects not completed or the people’s money is spent for very poor quality service: changing course; we need very honest crew members because over five hundred million dollars out there some where to rebuild our country: it was clearly documented over the past 8 years that your tax money and the politician is not a good combination....if you vex stay vex
  • one eye (21/11/2018, 14:58) Like (27) Dislike (3) Reply
    why the hick will anyone vote for the NDP
  • bvi islander (21/11/2018, 22:27) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
    Congrats to the Bryan /Roach team, I predicted you would of won. Please hit the ground running and do the people's business.Best of luck , God bless.
  • wet (22/11/2018, 01:14) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    No debate
  • Damon (22/11/2018, 12:35) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Congratulations Bryan & Roach team.. God will remove all those disrespectful people from office with their own personal agendas n not putting the people first.. may God be with u and ur team.. put Him first and He will lead u all.. the people voted u in do right by the people ..
  • vi star (24/11/2018, 11:14) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    Mapp needed to go. His character and dictatorship failed him. People went through those hurricanes and they’re not taking stupidi. He caused too much expense and lavish living with citizens tax money. I Wish Governor elect Bryan the best on leading the Virgin Islands and I know he will not let them down.
    • FX (24/11/2018, 12:54) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
      I hope the Democratic Party has a place for individuals like Senator Kurt Vialet who supported Mapp over Christensen and now Bryan.
      This was about principles and not politics. You either ride with the hunt or you run with the hare. You can't do both!
  • FX (24/11/2018, 12:41) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    I tried to tell as many people as I could in 2014 that voting for Mapp was a mistake they would correct in 2018. Most of them now hail me as a political clairvoyant!
    I saw character flaws that were bound to manifest themselves in his style of governance, his level of sensitivity to his constituents, his handling of the public treasury, and truthfulness. On every measure he had a failing grade.
    Welcome Governor Bryan; you have lifted a dense fog from our midst.


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