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‘The time was too short to meet everyone in D3’ – Kevin C. Smith

- vows to continue to work in the Third District whether or not he is the candidate the next time around
National Democratic Party (NDP) candidate for the Third District Kevin C. ‘OJ’ Smith said despite his loss to Honourable Julian Fraser RA for the second straight time he remains willing to work for the people of the district if given a chance to next time around. He said too that the time was not enough given the snap election to reach all of the potential voters in the district. Photo: VINO
Kevin C. Smith flanked by two supporters yesterday. Photo: VINO
Kevin C. Smith flanked by two supporters yesterday. Photo: VINO
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- National Democratic Party (NDP) candidate for the Third District Kevin C. ‘OJ’ Smith said despite his loss to Honourable Julian Fraser RA for the second straight time he remains willing to work for the people of the district if given a chance to next time around. He said too that the time was not enough given the snap election to reach all of the potential voters in the district.

Speaking with this news site at the Sir Rupert Briercliffe Hall yesterday June 9, 2015, the two-time candidate was gracious in defeat and was still upbeat about his chances in the future given the strong numbers that supported him.

“I always believe that after an elections democracy has been served. The people have cast their votes and the outcome is what it is,” he said. Smith gained 561 votes to Honourable Fraser’s 596.

"I congratulate the Honourable Julian Fraser RA for being re-elected. My plan going forward is stay close to the people, continue to serve the people, continue to work with the government to make sure that the Third District is looked after."

The former Postmaster General said he wants the At Large members of the Third House of Assembly to pay attention to the district and he has promised to work with them to ensure that this happens.

Looking to run again

Smith is of the view that the district split their votes by almost 50 percent and he is encouraged by the votes he received and takes it as an indication that he should continue if it's decided that he will be the candidate.

"I'm definitely looking to run again but the party has a process how we go about selecting a candidate so I can't say that I will be the candidate. I'm hoping that I am the candidate."

He said his committee will continue to work in the district so when elections come around people will support him.

Never felt pressured

Asked how he was able to cope with an intense campaign period that was also smeared with much mudslinging on all sides, the former soldier in the United States army said he knows better than to get emotionally tied up and sees it as just another job to be done.

"I never felt pressure from the campaign. The only concern that I had is that it was a very short campaign cycle and that made it very difficult to get around to 1,620 voters," he said, offering apologies to those not visited by him.

He thanked the voters on both sides and to those who supported him and noted that he does not take that support lightly.

22 Responses to “‘The time was too short to meet everyone in D3’ – Kevin C. Smith”

  • No Name (10/06/2015, 08:36) Like (71) Dislike (9) Reply
    That is no excuse. Last election there was plenty of time. So wah you talking bout?
    • @ No Name (10/06/2015, 09:04) Like (67) Dislike (4) Reply
      I agree with you because his party called a snap election, so they should have informed him so he could have started meeting the people from long ago...
  • Black Beauty (10/06/2015, 08:37) Like (34) Dislike (32) Reply
    Mr. Smith, that is the spirit. It is good when one can accept defeat humbly. Better luck next time around.
  • Voter Too (10/06/2015, 08:43) Like (34) Dislike (68) Reply
    A job well done OJ so you have to come back again so don't give up the fight.
  • Love for My Country (10/06/2015, 08:50) Like (29) Dislike (97) Reply
    OJ you are a courageous and admirable soldier! You have lost yet you have come forward to congratulate Honourable Julian Fraser and to thank the people of the Third District. Be encouraged and continue to keep in touch with and look out for the people of the Third District. You will make a great leader. May God bless you!
  • next time (10/06/2015, 09:03) Like (16) Dislike (56) Reply
    We sending fraser home next time!
  • ccc (10/06/2015, 09:04) Like (35) Dislike (21) Reply
    Licks for oj fraser all the way
    • @ccc (10/06/2015, 11:01) Like (10) Dislike (9) Reply
      Frazer wont run again....he sees the writing on the wall....the margins are getting closer and closer and he wont take a chance and leave a soar loser. I bet you he will resign and not run next election.
  • Honestly (10/06/2015, 09:12) Like (5) Dislike (28) Reply
    I want you to have the opportunity to prove yourself. come on third district... why?????????????
  • H (10/06/2015, 09:39) Like (3) Dislike (7) Reply
    Will Fraser give him back his job?
    • to H (10/06/2015, 20:31) Like (1) Dislike (5) Reply
      Hon Fraser don't have a mean dutty evilous heart like the victimizers. He cut from a different cloth and a respectable cloth. He ain't into the business of victimising people. Bvi missed a great opportunity with him, Hon Christopher and Hon Dancia Penn all with means and know how to move this country forward. But for ayo ungrateful corrupt people who vote the other way may be it is a good thing ayo stuck wid them and not taste of the sweet you all are undeserving of.
  • Flash (10/06/2015, 11:42) Like (3) Dislike (14) Reply
    u will win next time
  • My $0.02 (10/06/2015, 13:24) Like (8) Dislike (2) Reply
    3 1/2 years wasn't enough time?
  • Hmmm (10/06/2015, 14:18) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
    Why wait until election time to meet the people living in your district? Start your campaigning from now don't wait until a snap election is call to do so.
  • Remember (10/06/2015, 15:08) Like (3) Dislike (2) Reply
    OJ remember the Pre-Farther's Day races. U r still a winner. Do what u have to do for the people honestly. Better luck next time. God bless you and your family. .
  • the United PIP (10/06/2015, 20:19) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    The time was short to pay everyone he mean. Tis he buddy dem is who call snap election. Congrats to the strong hold of district 1 and 3 who still can recognise right from wrong and the little bit from the 2 district who refused to be bought out. People seem to forget Righteousness exalted a nation. Tthat is why bvi can't rise all this time under ndp rule. Giving them more time only keeps the country in gridlock.
  • HMP (10/06/2015, 20:39) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    It sound like oj will be giving out contracts in the 3rd. Hope they respect the representative.
    • Observer (11/06/2015, 16:00) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      To His daddy you mean!?! The Bull eat alot off the NDP tho
      • Truth Sayer (12/06/2015, 07:48) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        @ Observer

        The Bull eat a lot off VIP and NDP. Check the records. It says that he is a good contractor.
  • SKA (10/06/2015, 20:44) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Wish he would go have several seats


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