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New VIP district picks outline their mission

- as they seek to hit the ground running when party forms new Government
District Four candidate for the VIP JoAnn 'Roxie' Romney (left) and District Five Candidate Zoe J. Walcott-McMillan. Photo: VINO
District Nine candidate for the VIP Elton L. 'All Out' Sprauve. Photo: VINO
District Nine candidate for the VIP Elton L. 'All Out' Sprauve. Photo: VINO
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Three of the candidates who were last night May 6, 2015 ratified by the Virgin Islands Party (VIP) Congress took a few minutes away to appear briefly on the VIP’s Let’s Talk radio show on ZBVI 780 AM where they were formally introduced to the public and gave a brief outline of where they want to see their district and the territory headed.

Confirmed candidate for the Fifth District is Zoe J. Walcott-McMillan called it a humbling experience for her.

A different animal

“Persons would assume that because I would have contested the Territorial At Large seat in the past that this would be water under the bridge,” she said. “It is quite a different animal altogether, one that really allowed me to go into the district and really hear the cries and concerns of the district,” she said.

According to Walcott-McMillan, one of the biggest concerns that she has is how to go about building the district. “How you build the community is going to take us building the people,” she said. She is concerned that while under the current administration, buildings may be going up, such as the new hospital, there is still the question of delivery of service which must be addressed.

“I am going to continue to go through the district not only soliciting your support but also seeking your assistance on the way forward,” she said, adding that this is an effort not just for Team VIP but for the constituents. “The people who live in the district are the ones that will have to come on board and rally around us going back to basics,” she said.

The baton passed

VIP Candidate for the Ninth District Elton L. Sprauve, known as ‘All Out’ said he is honoured to be selected as Ninth District Representative.

“Hon Ralph T. O’Neal OBE (R9) was my hero…my father’s hero…a great man. And now he has passed on the baton to another man who can fight for you,” he said. “We all need to deal with certain issues especially on Virgin Gorda. We have to deal with our developers, to our ports, to our seniors, to education, to the North Sound community,” he said.

He added that he is going to sort out the needs of the people of Anegada with regard to their ongoing land issues.

I want to be part of change

VIP candidate for the Fourth District JoAnn ‘Roxie’ Romney, the daughter of the late Chief Minister Cyril B. Romney, said she joined the Virgin Islands Party to be a part of change that she knows it can bring. “I had already decided in my mind that this is where I wanted to go but I was not ready to make an announcement until certain things were done,” she stated.

“In the Fourth District I have observed things that I am very concerned about,” she said, adding that while she would not go into detail about what is fully wrong in the district she knows that the people who live there would attest.

“My intention is to personally get involved often and every day. And as I sit here having been ratified by the committee who nominated me, it is my duty, my honour and I want to say my privilege to be a part of change and in so doing I have to report to the Fourth District,” she said.

Ms Romney and Zoe J. Walcott-McMillan are two of 6 women on the Virgin Islands Party's 13-member slate for the upcoming elections scheduled for June 8, 2015. The others are Irene F. Penn-O'Neal, Oleanvine Pickering-Maynard, Sharie B. De Castro and Charmain R. Rosan-Bunbury.

27 Responses to “New VIP district picks outline their mission”

  • EX (07/05/2015, 09:11) Like (21) Dislike (32) Reply
    All the way
  • voter (07/05/2015, 09:20) Like (11) Dislike (8) Reply
    Yet more deposits to be retained by the Treasury
  • rattie (07/05/2015, 09:37) Like (33) Dislike (60) Reply
    Thank god we are closer to getting rid of the ndp
  • ok (07/05/2015, 09:47) Like (91) Dislike (42) Reply
    So let me get this straight. It's okay for Romney to be on VIP's slate having owned so many companies here, that's fine. But when it comes to NDP the people with money, businesses and connections are corrupt? Ok, just checking.
    • from (07/05/2015, 10:35) Like (16) Dislike (27) Reply
      she is not in the h.o.a.
    • To Ok (07/05/2015, 10:52) Like (31) Dislike (30) Reply
      Do you see Romney up and down victimising the people? No. There is a big difference in wanting something and how you go about getting it. Everyone is entitled to food at meal time. It is a basic human right.
    • No Name (07/05/2015, 14:34) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply

      You just don't get what the problem is.
  • VOTE (07/05/2015, 11:07) Like (54) Dislike (29) Reply
    Will I sorry for say I never see she in 4 mark is the man with the action plan for somebody to take his seat have to come good mark have my vote he come around and look and talk to people I never see she
  • ss (07/05/2015, 11:27) Like (29) Dislike (49) Reply
    Roxie has interity cant say that for others
  • 911 (07/05/2015, 14:59) Like (21) Dislike (43) Reply
    zoe and roxie I am supporting you both, but fast and pray, because mark is really sly.
  • R.T.REBEL (07/05/2015, 15:02) Like (14) Dislike (63) Reply
  • sillyness (07/05/2015, 15:52) Like (56) Dislike (8) Reply
    Too much fools on this site. Rox aint no CB have you
    seen her walking the streets talking to people. Thats no her
    she has everything she ever needed.

    She cant walk in mark shoes.
  • Yelr@ (07/05/2015, 17:01) Like (12) Dislike (27) Reply
    I am very pleased with the VIP candidates especially the females. These fine, well educated people are poise to make a positive impact on the BVI community. These are not backbench material, they will be in full and tway of government activities. I like the honorables Maduro, Christopher, Penn, Christian but their party has expose their shortcomings in a grand way. Obviously only good at speeches but very little more. oh well the cleanups were needed, the handouts also, oh yes cause when there's no work the people have to find a pimp or be pimped. Who the cap fit.
  • Well meh boy (07/05/2015, 17:20) Like (24) Dislike (9) Reply
    Roxie will get all the decent votes while mark will go down in the ghutter and try to pull her down.
  • block man (07/05/2015, 19:30) Like (11) Dislike (10) Reply
    Mark needs to go doyou seehow he and the funy due behave last night atthe rally?
  • skills (07/05/2015, 20:27) Like (7) Dislike (3) Reply
    VIP strategist should focus more on the 4 at large candidates--Roxie, Zoe, Irene and Dawson at -large they will definitely bring 3 in as winners--now with who they have they will lose 3 of the at-large seats. hence the election--Also the concern and uncomfortableness with a lot of people with Frazer as Premier---Roxie is not going to beat Mark as nice a candidate as she is--Zoe is in a toss up which she will narrowly lose.--(Just using my annalistic skills)
  • Da Bayhuh (08/05/2015, 05:15) Like (6) Dislike (1) Reply

    Ma*k n My are dangerously opportunists. It's dope.

  • jtv (08/05/2015, 07:14) Like (62) Dislike (17) Reply
    Ndp going leave us broke for sure
  • Hmmmmm (08/05/2015, 07:28) Like (10) Dislike (13) Reply
    Everybody beating up on each other but fail to look at the real problem don't be fool people why was this election call so fast and they did not give the people enough time to hear what the canidates have to say so the people can see clearly what they want they trying to blind fold the people that was a bad error on their end hmmm people these days are not stupid they know what's going on watch and see what's going to happen there is change coming and there's nothing nobody can do about it. No witch craft no demon out of hell can stop what God already design no calling people name and dragging through the mud will stop this change so people go to the poll and and vote for change make a different our island is in trouble our children is in trouble sit back relax and think we need a change
    • BE PREPARED TO DELIVER (08/05/2015, 22:59) Like (3) Dislike (5) Reply
      If someone decides to run for politics, they should already have their platform at least two years doesn't matter whether a snap election is called.....Preparation is KEY. This goes to show that VIP was not prepared because the selection of candidates were VERY last minute and rather limiting. Those candidates were not even ready to provide us with their platform because they themselves were not aware that they would have been in the hot seat that they are in today. So its not about snap elections.....its about staying PREPARED. With that said....I would like to see each party MANIFESTO and each member platforms published on the new sites so we could conduct effective analysis. No word of mouth....we need those in writing because that is what we will use when time comes for grading their performance.
  • apple (08/05/2015, 10:42) Like (8) Dislike (20) Reply
    People hutin ndp for self....
  • Hmmm (09/05/2015, 10:13) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    I'm not for nobody right now I am listening and taking notes and at the end I will vote for who I think have the best interest of the country so you all need to do the same dont let nobody tell you who to vote for because you have a mind of your own
  • Utopia (09/05/2015, 21:28) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    So for someone to represent your district, they have to physically live there? That's Like saying the only way to represent God you must do it in a Church. People, we all live in the same territory, relax yourself and stop acting so simple minded. At the end of the day it's not about Parties. I would rather see the right People get seated, who genuinely care about the people more than they do themselves and work together with there fellow colleges, no matter who wins towards the progress and betterment of our country. In a perfect world, what I say makes sense. That is not the case. So we shall see what it comes to when the results are out
  • Stetson (10/05/2015, 05:39) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    Yes, yes, Roxie is no C.B. In fact, she is no Stout, no O'Neil or no Smith. She is her own woman in our time who will do everything to serve the public interest. Public service starts with any candidate who is obligated to the will of the people. That service also means having the integrity to challenge power and the fortitude to listen to her constituency. Roxie has all the earmarks to move the BVIs in the right direction.
  • wize up (11/05/2015, 01:39) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    this lady can't even vote for her self (will the real owner of bi water please stand up)

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