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The seat to watch! District 5 race in the 2019 General Elections

The General Election is on Monday, February 25, 2019, and there are three candidates vying to replace the late Legislator. They are Kye M. Rymer (Centre) of the Virgin Islands Party (VIP), Wade N. Smith (Left) of the Progressive Virgin Islands Movement (PVIM) and Elvis J. Harrigan (Right) of the NDP.
Late Legislator Delores Lettsome-Christopher. Photo: VINO/File
Late Legislator Delores Lettsome-Christopher. Photo: VINO/File
HUNTUMS GHUT, Tortola, VI - It was on October 16, 2018, some four months ago that the representative for District 5, late Legislator Delores Lettsome-Christopher died.

She was a champion for Virgin Islanders and for speaking her mind and in her last year in office, she became more and more critical of the National Democratic Party (NDP 1) government of which she was apart.

In one of her final speeches in the House of Assembly (HoA) she lambasted Premier Dr the Hon D. Orlando Smith (AL) over the Recovery Development Agency (RDA) and how it was a step backwards.

No by-election

The NDP government did not see it fit to have a by-election, however, instead went straight to a General Election leaving the people of district five without a district representative for over four months.

The General Election is on Monday, February 25, 2019, and there are three candidates vying to replace the late Legislator. They are Kye M. Rymer of the Virgin Islands Party (VIP), Wade N. Smith of the Progressive Virgin Islands Movement (PVIM) and Elvis J. Harrigan of the NDP.

Many political pundits and social commentators claimed that as of today, Thursday, February 21, 2019, it’s a dead heat between the young Rymer and Smith.

Best ground game!

We will all have to wait on the outcome on Monday. This has also been the district with the most attention since the Fifth District has the highest increase in voters some 300 plus for the 2019 polls and it is now the district with the most United States Virgin Islands (USVI) voters.

All eyes will be on this seat, as it could make or break any of the political parties, as many are claiming that no party will have an outright majority.

We can only now wait to see, as it depends on who has the best ground game. Political pundits say this will determine the fifth district winner.

24 Responses to “The seat to watch! District 5 race in the 2019 General Elections”

  • uhhhh (21/02/2019, 18:33) Like (52) Dislike (9) Reply
    Kye all the way
    • Real Talk (22/02/2019, 09:12) Like (8) Dislike (21) Reply
      The 5th do not want any one who is been used by a party just for numbers, We wid Wade. He will have a position in Government.
  • ccc (21/02/2019, 18:42) Like (47) Dislike (20) Reply
    A vote for Elvis is a vote for funny man people don’t do it
  • HG 4 Lyfe (21/02/2019, 19:23) Like (49) Dislike (9) Reply
    We voting Rymer, Rymer All D Way!!!!
  • HG Voter (21/02/2019, 19:28) Like (47) Dislike (11) Reply
    Imagine Wade and his supporters run in the USVI to get people to register for him. They come vote, go back and leave us all here in the mess. Wade so power hungry look what he got to do to get votes.Wade win the 5th District dead! Well sah...On election day we voting RYMER ALL THE WAY!!!!
    • Me (21/02/2019, 21:28) Like (10) Dislike (17) Reply
      I voting juggie
    • Luvz (21/02/2019, 21:48) Like (11) Dislike (25) Reply
      Come on Wade is a good man and a better man for the district. He get things done. This district gone to PVIM.
      • Bizzy Bee (22/02/2019, 14:53) Like (4) Dislike (2) Reply
        I got trouble with both the former Customs men... History tell me none of them have BVIslanders interests at heart.
    • Shush (21/02/2019, 22:47) Like (24) Dislike (18) Reply
      Shut up like you all ain’t bringing in people too. He showing you up at your own game so you talking smack now.
    • and?? (21/02/2019, 22:59) Like (4) Dislike (13) Reply
      It has been the norm for years and it's legal. They can come vote and go back if they wish. Nothing new here boo. Politicians tap into their base people all the time!!
  • Ghut Man (21/02/2019, 21:17) Like (27) Dislike (8) Reply
    VIP hands down
  • Look at this one (21/02/2019, 22:07) Like (23) Dislike (4) Reply
    When I came back to this country in 2008 this man told me to go register in the district 5 I ask him why would I do that he said because he is running in that district so because you are running in that district I have to vote there and don’t live there what kind of crazy is that , but the bad thing about that is how did those people who does not live in that district get by registering without the proper documents this is what has to be answered by the person I charge of registering these people this is fraud to its highest and someone has to answer to this regardless to the outcome of this race look how power hungry people is set out to destroy out country at any cost necessary,wow .
  • Jessica Jones (21/02/2019, 22:10) Like (33) Dislike (28) Reply
    District 5, DO NOT vote for Elvis Harrigan or Wade Smith please.
    • Chrysler (22/02/2019, 07:28) Like (16) Dislike (20) Reply
      Who you want us vote for? Tell me!! You want us vote for Pat Lake for the 5th??!! Cause it won’t be Rymer running his own show.
      • Things to know (22/02/2019, 12:15) Like (7) Dislike (3) Reply
        Kyle is Kyle and Patsy is not running for office.

        Patsy was one of the persons like Noel Lyodd, who fought for this country in regaining all that land on the cay. Is she that terrible to look out for the very county you call your own. History tells the stories, look it up.
  • facts (21/02/2019, 22:11) Like (9) Dislike (3) Reply
    Everybody is talking bout the Rymer far as im concern juggy and the Smith boy cant beating..
  • 1 (22/02/2019, 08:14) Like (30) Dislike (6) Reply
    I don’t care who win just keep mvw out
  • smart (22/02/2019, 08:32) Like (14) Dislike (2) Reply
    Over 300 (USVI) registered voters and just look at these comments it clearly shows we still not even in the right state of mind... first and fore most they don't live here if and when they do come here is not for more than a month.. these people living a lavish life in the USVI but yet coming here to determine what or who represents you and nobody taking a stand against it..How many people from the 5th can go to the USVI to cast a vote? My brothers and sisters of this territory is time for we to stand up for what is right let our voices be heard then we want to blame politicians for everything that goes wrong but we as a nation refuse to stand up and speak out.... so here it is the future of the 5th will depend on the 300 USVI voters who doesn't reside in the territory who doesn't even have to face half of what you going to face then they cast their votes jump back on the ferry and we the people of the country left in 4years of misery....such action should have been brought to the governor attention an I hope whoever forms the government make a law where any individual who wants to cast a vote be in the country atleast 3 months prior to the election....
  • feel N Sad .. (22/02/2019, 10:04) Like (13) Dislike (1) Reply
    This is tight tight between Smith and Rhymer..No one can say we have to wait until election day ..I can say this VIP is losing the momentum by the day ... this may be a 5 VIP 5 NDP election with 3 wild cards ...
    • confused (22/02/2019, 12:25) Like (12) Dislike (4) Reply
      Do you people have seems as if the hurricane Irma left with some of you memories.
      The NDP government for 8 years turn this country into a political disastrous state and you’re call them back again.
      Irma didn’t do enough.
    • Waiter (23/02/2019, 08:44) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Ha Hah not the VIP with 5. Wait and see nuh man.
  • KYE LAKE or PATSY RHYMER (24/02/2019, 17:20) Like (2) Dislike (3) Reply

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