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'Luce on the Loose'; Unveils D4 platform to packed house

Mrs Hodge-Smith who is the underdog in the four-man race for the district that represents the capital, Road Town, also spoke on what she hopes to achieve in the areas of proper representation and Good Governance. Photo: Team of Reporters
Hodge-Smith unveiled her platform for the Fourth District on Sunday, January 27, 2019, in front of a packed house at a Village Cay Hotel and Marina Conference Room. Photo: Team of Reporters
Hodge-Smith unveiled her platform for the Fourth District on Sunday, January 27, 2019, in front of a packed house at a Village Cay Hotel and Marina Conference Room. Photo: Team of Reporters
In the area of good governance, Mrs Hodge-Smith, a former Miss BVI noted that “Accountability, transparency and integrity are three main ingredients of good governance.” Photo: Team of Reporters
In the area of good governance, Mrs Hodge-Smith, a former Miss BVI noted that “Accountability, transparency and integrity are three main ingredients of good governance.” Photo: Team of Reporters
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI -Virgin Islands Party (VIP) gentle giant for District Fourth, Luce D. Hodge-Smith unveiled her platform for the Fourth District on Sunday, January 27, 2019, in front of a packed house at the Village Cay Hotel and Marina Conference Room.

The former Director of Culture and BVI Tourist Board Official told the group about her plans if elected on Health and Safety, Environment, Infrastructure, Youth Development, Senior Citizens Care, Economic Development, Virgin Islands History, Culture, Quality of Life and Salt Island, a part of District 4.

Mrs Hodge-Smith, who is the underdog in the four-man race for the district that represents the capital, Road Town, also spoke on what she hopes to achieve in the areas of proper representation and Good Governance.

The capital matters- Hodge Smith

There was an interactive crowd, who also had their own views on the serious issues facing the fourth district. On many of the issues, however, there was common ground.

In the area of infrastructure, she has plans to address issues of parking, traffic congestions, sewerage outflows and flooding.  Mrs Hodge-Smith noted, in her power point presentation that, “As the Territory’s capital, it is imperative that solid and conscientious efforts be made to address these issues.”

As part of her platform, she wants to re-design and restore the market place and install solar street lighting.

In addition, she wants to create a Road Town Health Commission and address “stray animals within the district…along with cleaning up the inner harbour of derelict vessels and rehabilitate of mangroves.” 

Integrity matters

In the area of good governance, Mrs Hodge-Smith, a former Miss BVI noted that, “Accountability, transparency and integrity are three main ingredients of good governance.”

Many persons have forgotten that Salt Island is a part of District 4, however, this has not been forgotten by the VIP candidate. In her platform, she plans to preserve the legacy and heritage of the Island with the people of Salt Island.

Her platform was unveiled under the team ‘Restore and Revive the Fourth” and Mrs Hodge-Smith can be reached at luceforfourth@gmail.com

Chairman of the VIP, Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) and many of the other candidates were also on hand to provide support for Mrs Hodge-Smith who is up against Dr Vincent G. Scatliffe of the Progressives United (PU), incumbent Hon Mark H. Vanterpool the Minister for Communications and Works from the National Democratic Party 1 (NDP1) and Karl M. Scatliffe of the breakaway NDP 2 called, the Progressive Virgin Islands Movement (PVIM).

20 Responses to “'Luce on the Loose'; Unveils D4 platform to packed house”

  • Wiwww (29/01/2019, 19:02) Like (95) Dislike (23) Reply
    Thumbs up if u wan Luce win D4

    Thumbs down if you wan Mark win D4
    • the rock (30/01/2019, 06:29) Like (20) Dislike (7) Reply
      Only if that result could win an election, lmfo!
      • Take the plunge (30/01/2019, 15:57) Like (13) Dislike (12) Reply
        The only way to get rid of Mark is to rally around Luce! Don't split your vote. The other candidates don't have enough support to make a dent. Its either Luce or Mark.

        Mark had his chance and he only did for himself. Let Luce show us how she can help the capital.

        Do not split your vote. Go with Luce!!
  • wize up (29/01/2019, 19:35) Like (28) Dislike (10) Reply
    Luce running away with it(mark won’t win this 1)
  • E. Leonard (29/01/2019, 20:21) Like (14) Dislike (2) Reply
    “The former Director of Culture and BVI Tourist Board Official told the group about her plans if elected on Health and Safety, Environment, Infrastructure, Youth Development, Senior Citizens Care, Economic Development, Virgin Islands History, Culture, Quality of Life and Salt Island, a part of District 4.” All of these issues are important and urgent; they are Q1 (Quadrant ) issues. I view the issues laid out in the article as poetry; the prose require a plan of action, funding, timeline, priorities...etc and should followed soon. It thus far is a crowded field, ie, the incumbent Hon Mark Vanterpool, Dr. Vincent Scatliffe (former D-4 rep), Karl Scatliffe, and Luce Hodge-Smith. To break out from the pack, Luce has to roll up her sleeves, don her walking shoes and hit the retail politics trail with a passion. For the next 27 days, there can be no down time; it must be an out, leave no prisoner campaign. She has to leave it all on the trail. Two items on her bucket list that I will briefly comment on are: Salt Island and the central Market.

    Salt Island: Salt Island, part of the Southern Cay and a place called the “Key,” is my ancestral homeland (both parents and a number siblings were born there). Salt Island has a rich history and at one time, approximately 100 people called Salt Island home. Today, Salt Island is deserted (the last full time resident was my late brother Henry) with the declining population starting per some older family members with the 1924 Gale. Post 1924, others emigrated to Tortola and other places for employment, others emigrated to Tortola to keep the family unit intact and for education.......etc. As noted earlier, Salt Island has a rich history, it is place where descendants can find quiet and enjoyment and it has sentimental value for descendants. Government assistance is solely needed to repopulate Salt Island. The Hon Julian Fraser (D-3) raised the issue during the 2015 campaign. Excited that Luce is raising the issue.

    Central Market: As it was and still is in other regional countries, the “Market” was a cultural site/place. It was social gathering place where people met to barter and sell goods, visit with family and friends, discuss current events......etc. The Market bounced around from Sir Olivia Georges Square to a site across from Happy Lion Resturant ( used to be) on Main Street to across from the Methodist Burial Ground on Long Bush Road to its current location close to the Road Town Fire Station where it is underutilized. The Market needs a permanent home and its cultural relevance revived.
    • Salt Island Subtract (30/01/2019, 11:46) Like (9) Dislike (1) Reply
      “Salt Island: Salt Island, part of the Southern Cay and a place called the “Key,” is my ancestral homeland (both parents and a number siblings were born there). Salt Island has a rich history and at one time, approximately 100 people called Salt Island home. Today, Salt Island is deserted (the last full time resident was my late brother Henry) with the declining population starting per some older family members with the 1924 Gale. Post 1924, others emigrated to Tortola and other places for employment, others emigrated to Tortola to keep the family unit intact and for education.......etc. As noted earlier, Salt Island has a rich history, it is place where descendants can find quiet and enjoyment and it has sentimental value for descendants. Government assistance is solely needed to repopulate Salt Island. The Hon Julian Fraser (D-3) raised the issue during the 2015 campaign. Excited that Luce is raising the issue.”
      Cuz,
      • Salt Island Subtract (30/01/2019, 23:03) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
        @E. Leonard, cuz, thumbs up for shining the light on Salt Island. Historically, Salt Islands and the other southern cays have always been the forgotten islands. The residents were called “KEY” people and it was not a term of endearment The residents had a tough row to hoe to eek out a living and fend for themselves. It took a village to survive the hardships. They were a hardy, independent group of people. It is a shame that Salt Island will be relegated to the history books maybe. The history of Salt Island needs to be documented for the follow on generations.
  • Pooky (29/01/2019, 22:08) Like (20) Dislike (2) Reply
    We with luz tell mark keep givin all to stones n he left side son funny side aka b boy .
    • Slim p (30/01/2019, 11:47) Like (3) Dislike (2) Reply
      That’s y the pretty girl leave he he was on the other side of the fence lol
      • Mike me (31/01/2019, 00:30) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
        Which one of he son . The one who always hatin n minding ppl business n don’t like to pay he workers who change workers like clothes aka allister aka funny man aka stink mouth
  • Registered voter (29/01/2019, 23:17) Like (10) Dislike (20) Reply
    4 in my house but I.can only case MY own vote and can't speak for my household cause they got their own minds. But you're not getting my vote hun. The current rep aint getting it either. Who else running in town? What a disaster this election is. It really ain't got nobody decent to pick from. Help us father
    • Anonymous (30/01/2019, 09:51) Like (4) Dislike (22) Reply
      Karl Scatliffe seems promising.
    • At Registered voter (30/01/2019, 10:19) Like (13) Dislike (8) Reply
      The reason a lot of people doesn't see any body to vote for is because you was one of them who voted for mark and now he failed, you not man or woman enough to say that you made a mistake, here comes someone with great ideas to bring your district and the capital back to world class, you talking bullsh...t about "Who else running in town?" why don't you go run so somebody can say the same about you.
  • Road Town Rebel (30/01/2019, 01:18) Like (28) Dislike (4) Reply
    We got you Luce. Some people run for power but they know not the hour. Be courageous as you are.
  • change (30/01/2019, 06:36) Like (20) Dislike (22) Reply
    Time for a change. Why elect back the DEFUNCT NDP 1 or NDP 2 who rob us of our hard earned tax payers money in the treasury for their own ego. Could not even give us a helping hand after 2 disastrous floods and catostrophic hurricanes in 2017.
    VOTE VIP ALL THE WAY if you want us to survive. Don't let the hand out cash envelopes or quick road fixes etc. fooled you.
  • Feel n Sad (30/01/2019, 09:02) Like (5) Dislike (5) Reply
    When Mark first got elected the capital was a class for the first 4 yrs .After re-election it was all about Mark the Capital was ignored. Glad to see the Capital start looking good again . The early morning cleaners are doing a great Job ..Say all that to say . They all started off caring about community and people ended ended up about self greed and rich.....This is been the MO for elected members .....So!

    ..
  • wize up (30/01/2019, 09:53) Like (1) Dislike (8) Reply
    another 8 year of NDP(1 or 2)...
  • New to D4 (30/01/2019, 15:30) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
    I not too long moved to D4 so I don’t quite know the cries like others who have been residents. However; I think that D4 should be made an example for aesthetics across the territory. Roads, sidewalks, elimination of sewerage over run, proper drainage to avoid flooding, street sweepers, lush greenery, etc. Just an all around better experience for locals and visitors alike. Right now D2 and D6 are leading with their roads (at least on the hill side). Let’s start there and make it a trend ... I feel Hon MV’s time has been served. If it hasn’t been done in all the years he has been in power WHILE being the MC&Ws, I’m sorry but Ray Charles could see it isn’t going to happen now. Time for D4 to get off the MV train.
  • Outsider (31/01/2019, 11:36) Like (2) Dislike (10) Reply
    I am not from D4, but I know Luce. She is a great lady and a true daughter of the soil. I think that she should be given the opportunity to serve her district and her country. We need to make BVI stable again. Mark and his family have raided the treasury for years. It's time for him to get out of politics and run his businesses. Vote Luce All the Way.
  • 4th Voter (31/01/2019, 15:01) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    WE STILL WITH MARK!!!! Was this packed house D4 residents/voters who REALLY supporting her OR this was a combined VIP gathering? Why was it held indoors? Was she afraid of being flopped on the outside? Just for the record, Village Cay conference room ain't that big SO it would have appeared packed.


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