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Moleto A. Smith Jr to run for USVI Governor for second time

- Mr Smith has deep roots in the Virgin Islands being the nephew of the late Legislator Ethlyn E. Smith
Mr Moleto A. Smith Jr, who has deep roots in the Virgin Islands (VI) will be making a second attempt at being elected Governor of the US Virgin Islands (USVI) in November 2018. Photo: VINO/File
Moleto A. Smith is the first cousin of Wade N. Smith, right, the VI Comptroller of Customs, and nephew of the late Legislator and Minister for Health and Welfare Ethlyn E. Smith, left. Photo: GIS/VINO
Moleto A. Smith is the first cousin of Wade N. Smith, right, the VI Comptroller of Customs, and nephew of the late Legislator and Minister for Health and Welfare Ethlyn E. Smith, left. Photo: GIS/VINO
Former US Virgin Islands (USVI) Governor Mr Charles W. Turnbull Phd, left, and Lieutenant Governor of the USVI Mr Osbert E. Potter, right, have strong roots in the Virgin Islands (VI). Photo: Internet Source
Former US Virgin Islands (USVI) Governor Mr Charles W. Turnbull Phd, left, and Lieutenant Governor of the USVI Mr Osbert E. Potter, right, have strong roots in the Virgin Islands (VI). Photo: Internet Source
CHARLOTTE AMALIE, St Thomas, USVI- Others have done it before, who had deep roots in the Virgin Islands (VI), and went on to be governor of the United States Virgin Islands (USVI) and Lieutenant Governor.

In 1999 to 2007 Charles W. Turnbull Phd, whose parents, grandparents and great grandparents were from Tortola, was the sixth Governor of the USVI.

In 2015 Tortola born Osbert E. Potter, who lived on Tortola until he was 10 years old, became the Lieutenant Governor of the USVI where Kenneth E. Mapp (2015-current) is the governor.

The boy from Huntum’s Ghut

Now, for the second try, Moleto A. Smith Jr, who spent time in Huntum's Ghut, on the main island of Tortola where his father Moleto A. Smith Sr, better known as 'Bishop', and paternal grandparents were born, will make another run for Governor of the USVI.

Moleto is the first cousin of Wade N. Smith, the VI Comptroller of Customs, and nephew of the late Legislator and Minister for Health and Welfare Ethlyn E. Smith. She also served as a Permanent Secretary with the VI Government in several Ministries.

Mr Smith ran in 2014 in the Democratic primary where he was unsuccessful; however, he believes his chances are “much better this time as people want a change.” It is unclear, if he will seek the Democratic party’s nomination through their primary, or run as an Independent, as he declined to comment when contacted by our newsroom.

The USVI's next election for Governor is due on November 6, 2018. Mr Smith, who is the Executive Director of the St Thomas, USVI based East End Medical Centre Corporation is expected to have Hubert L. Frederick, a St Croix businessman, as his running mate, according to a source close to the campaign.

Both men, who ran for Governor and Lieutenant Governor respectively in 2014, have already started posting campaign materials on their Facebook pages.

25 Responses to “Moleto A. Smith Jr to run for USVI Governor for second time”

  • next (18/01/2018, 21:34) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Doa
  • voter (18/01/2018, 23:34) Like (1) Dislike (3) Reply
    Mapp
  • voter (19/01/2018, 00:41) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Go for it Mr Smith
  • belonger (19/01/2018, 06:15) Like (3) Dislike (2) Reply
    Sorry to say, he won't win. Top Democratic Donna M. Christiansen is still in the race and will win the Democratic party nomination. Plus Senior Popular Senator Terrence Positive Nelson an ICM Party member from St. Croix has a very good chance of giving Gov. Mapp a run for his money for Governor and may become the first Rastafarian Governor. Both Gov. Mapp and Nelson also have roots in the VI, the Schulterbrants and Callwoods from JVD are his relatives and Nelson is related to the Grahams and Chinnerys also of JVD.
    • I'm with Mo! (19/01/2018, 07:31) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
      The same was said of Charles Turnbull when he ran againt Roy Schneider, until he WON. The same was said of Donald Trump. The is that Smith has a very good chance. And he's not afraid to try give it another shot. He's the brightest of the bunch so far too.
  • rock city (19/01/2018, 06:50) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    The blyden and Malone senators also from the bvi and have a better chance
  • @BVIs (19/01/2018, 07:28) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    "Do good things to others as you would have good things done too you". Only the wise will understand.
  • good to know (19/01/2018, 07:50) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    I know Smith and his family. They are bright highly successful and full of fight. Of all the people who say they running, he's by far the best. He has full support.
    • good to know (19/01/2018, 09:27) Like (34) Dislike (0) Reply
      Smith is good people, humble and helped a lot of people over many many years. He has a very strong following and a real good chance. I'm making sure that all my family and friends support him. He's by far the best of the bunch.
  • water island (19/01/2018, 07:54) Like (18) Dislike (0) Reply
    Run baby run
  • Liberial (19/01/2018, 08:05) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    We here in the Virgin Islands UK needs people with good trusted souls to run who will be there for the people and the country.
  • ghut boy (19/01/2018, 09:53) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    LONG SHOT BUT NOTHING IS IMPOSSIABLE
    • I'm with Mo! (19/01/2018, 10:22) Like (7) Dislike (1) Reply
      As long a shot as a sniper's bullet. Always on target. Smith has a very good chance because the most people want a fresh change.
  • round rock (19/01/2018, 15:48) Like (14) Dislike (1) Reply
    The Smith's in tortola are a bunch of waste
    • Stop your foolishness (19/01/2018, 20:14) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      What you're saying about the Smith family is pure nonsense. You should be ashame of yourself for behaving this pathetic. You should be ashame of yourself.
      • @ stop your foolishness (20/01/2018, 11:12) Like (2) Dislike (2) Reply
        Dr Smith waste, Rajah Smith waste, Wade Smith waste, Alwon Smith waste, Neil Smith waste...must I go on?
        • Stop your foolishness (20/01/2018, 14:27) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
          @round rock. Not to rain on your parade but you are a majority of 1 with that opinion. Most people disagree and the fact that they have a lifetime of success and contribution to the country don't lie.
  • weed (19/01/2018, 22:34) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    In politics, winning is everything. And to win, the optimum strategy for the Politicians to run and run again
  • crucian (20/01/2018, 04:45) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    Assume all we want but once running mate is announce that changes everything. The next Guv will be fromSt.Croix.
  • I'm with Mo! (20/01/2018, 14:31) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    I'm with Smith - Frederick! I don't care what anyone else does.
    • Reply (20/01/2018, 17:00) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      ok wifey
      • crucian (21/01/2018, 07:20) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        @Reply Lol! I was about to respond until I saw your response. Chupes even Edmund Maduro more popular than Feederick
        • Stop your nonesense (21/01/2018, 23:02) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
          @crucian. No one really cares about your opinion of the Smith - Frederick team. Most people know that the 2 of them are good people, highly successful, highly competent and the brightest of the bunch. And more importantly, this popularity nonesense is what has collapsed the place in the 1st place. I'll take competence over popularity every time, especially now. We need people who have a proven record of success, can manage and have the people first. The Smith - Frederick team is fresh, competent and the only ones that can turn this catastrophe around without driving the people into the poor house. So I could give a damn how popular these others may be; they are overwhelmingly incompetent and out of touch.


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