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Moleto A. Smith Jr & Hubert L. Frederick announce USVI Governor & Lt run!

- both men will run as Independents, Election is November 6, 2018
Moleto A. Smith Jr, right, and Hubert L. Frederick, left, announced their run for US Virgin Islands (USVI) Governor and Lt Governor respectively on March 25, 2018. Photo: Smith-Frederick campaign
This will be the second time both men, Moleto A. Smith Jr and Hubert L. Frederick will be contesting for the post of Governor and Lt Governor of the US Virgin Islands (USVI). Photo: Smith-Frederick Campaign
This will be the second time both men, Moleto A. Smith Jr and Hubert L. Frederick will be contesting for the post of Governor and Lt Governor of the US Virgin Islands (USVI). Photo: Smith-Frederick Campaign
The elections for Governor and Lt Governor of the US Virgin Islands (USVI) will be held on November 6, 2018. Photo: Paradise Islands
The elections for Governor and Lt Governor of the US Virgin Islands (USVI) will be held on November 6, 2018. Photo: Paradise Islands
TUTU PARK MALL, St Thomas, USVI - On Sunday, March 25, 2018, to a crowd of hundreds of energetic supporters gathered at Tutu Park Mall Center Court, on St Thomas, United States Virgin Islands (USVI), Mr Moleto A. Smith Jr and his running mate, Hubert Lorenzo Frederick, officially announced their run for Governor and Lt Governor as Independent candidates in the upcoming 2018 USVI gubernatorial race.

This will be the second time both men have contested for the post of Governor and Lt Governor of the USVI. They both ran in 2014 as Democrats coming in last in the field of four other contenders.

Governor aspirant Mr Smith Jr, who has roots in the Virgin Islands (Tortola), presented and launched the team's website and introduced their 9-Point Prosperity Plan, which speaks to the Territory's economy, fixing the fragmented health care system, and addressing the decades-long problems in the education system among others.

According to a campaign press release dispatched today, Mr Smith, a health care executive, said: "The only comprehensive growth industry in the Virgin Islands [US] is health care. As governor, the Smith-Frederick Administration would create a university hospital system by moving the hospitals under the University of the Virgin Islands, investing in the completion of the medical school and creating a robust healthcare infrastructure that supports medical tourism, economic development, intellectual and cultural exchange between the mainland and the Caribbean," he stated.

Further, Mr Smith who is the first cousin of the Virgin Islands (VI) Commissioner of Customs, Wade N. Smith, stated that the upcoming elections are about 3 choices for voters: "Either (1) we go back to the not so distant past and bring back political types who throughout their careers enabled the deterioration of the Territory, or (2) we keep status quo which to most people we've spoken to isn't the preference, or (3) we change course and go in a new direction."

Who is Lt Gubernatorial candidate Frederick?

Born on St Croix, Lt Gubernatorial candidate Mr Frederick spoke about growing up in Williams Delight with his sisters and mother, who became a single parent after their parents divorced. He started in business at a very young age to help his mother provide for the family and to save for college. His first business was a candy store at the age of 8 years. He later earned money to help pay for college by playing trombone and trumpet with the St Croix-based Liquid Sounds Band, while attending St Croix Central High School.

The candidate for Lt Governor, Frederick has over 25 years of banking, insurance, financial management and business ownership experience, both nationally and locally - particularly on the island of St Croix, USVI.

Mr Frederick is a graduate of the St Croix Central High School; holds a Bachelor's Degree in Accounting and Finance from Florida A&M University and a Master’s of Science degree in Planning and Economic Development from Georgia State University. Mr Frederick is an expert in business financing, healthcare administration, commercial banking, real estate, taxes, insurance and management.

Moleto A. Smith is a VI hometown boy

Mr Smith, who spent time in Huntums Ghut on Tortola and is the nephew of the late VI Legislator Ethlyn E. Smith, is a graduate of the University of California, Irvine, and has over 30 years experience in government operations, healthcare, human services, budgeting and emergency management.

He has served on numerous boards including AARP, USVI Head Start Programme, USVI Partners in Healthy Communities and Big Brothers/Big Sisters. He is the past president of United Way, president of the League of British Virgin Islanders, and an invited member of the Clinton Foundation Global Post Hurricane Recovery Action Network.

This is the first time in USVI history that the same team of non-incumbents will be running together in a subsequent bid for government house. The Smith-Frederick Campaign theme is “Men of the People - We Can Do Better.”

13 Responses to “Moleto A. Smith Jr & Hubert L. Frederick announce USVI Governor & Lt run!”

  • mapp-potter (27/03/2018, 21:42) Like (0) Dislike (8) Reply
    Dead on arrival you say?
  • rock city (27/03/2018, 21:55) Like (0) Dislike (4) Reply
    The current guy would still win
  • Fam (27/03/2018, 22:06) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    Mr. Smith is growing in the job, I think!!
  • @Mapp and potter (28/03/2018, 01:52) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    I second the motion, the minute it is brought to the Senate, it's dead on arrival.
  • bvi are we (28/03/2018, 06:26) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    Allop the best son of the soil
  • rock city (28/03/2018, 15:23) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    the last governor we had from Tortola was Turnbull its time for a next one as we cannot wait for Potter
  • (28/03/2018, 19:33) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    The thing about life is that in order to reach success everyone must put in the work. All this talk is just that...TALK! Let’s see who puts in the work and energizes and connects with the voters enough to get enough of them to vote for them to be successful. Smith-Frederick has an excellent chance of success because I know they will put in the work. Check out their website for the proof -
  • Really (29/03/2018, 14:51) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    Map again hell yea
  • ausar (30/03/2018, 11:51) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply


    Dead on Arrival!

    No political skills whatsoever except for a token position in Health Services

    Sore loser!

  • (31/03/2018, 23:55) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    @ausar. Again, all this talk is just that ... TALK! A moth championship this is not! Let’s see who puts in the work. I know Smith and his team definitely will put in the work required to reach success. Now if you call running the largest private health care corporation in St. Thomas/John, with a staff of about 100 healthcare professionals, an annual operating budget of about $8million, serving about 8,000 patients each year token, then you need to have your head examined by one of his psychiatrists. You are either out of your mind or just simply playing the fool. Either way you are talking pure nonsense! And the word you should get used to is private. In other words, the organization he runs is not a part of the government! Get your facts and stop spouting off nonsense!
  • ausar (04/04/2018, 10:16) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    You will see in November, ""!!

    • (04/04/2018, 16:40) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      @ausar. The people will decide. Not your mouth championship babble. See you at the polls; that is, if you can even vote.

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