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UPDATE: “Proud to step up into an At-Large position” - Dirk L. Walters

Inundated with a show of support and encouragement after announcing that he has made the switch to run Territorial At-Large on the Progressives United (PU) ticket, Mr Dirk L. Walters felt compelled to further defend his move saying that he is proud. Photo: Team of Reporters
Today, Wednesday, February 6, 2019, Dirk L. Walters has switched from contesting District 5, telling JTV Facebook page that he will now run At-Large. Photo: Facebook
Today, Wednesday, February 6, 2019, Dirk L. Walters has switched from contesting District 5, telling JTV Facebook page that he will now run At-Large. Photo: Facebook
Logo for Progressives United. Photo: Facebook
Logo for Progressives United. Photo: Facebook
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Inundated with a show of support and encouragement after announcing that he has made the switch to run Territorial At-Large on the Progressives United (PU) ticket, Mr Dirk L. Walters felt compelled to further defend his move.

Mr Walters started off as a candidate for the District Five seat but made the switch yesterday, February 6, 2019, when he appeared on JTV’s Big Story Special with host Cathy O. Richards. However later in the day, he took to social media stating emphatically, “I’m proud to step up into an At-Large position.”

According to Walters, his decision was driven by the voice of the people, and a strategic plan for the best possible outcome for District 5. This district is seen as one that faces the hottest contesting on the heels of the death of its last representative, Hon Delores Lettsome-Christopher.

However, Walters says he is laser focused, as he is not just after a seat in the House of Assembly (HoA) of the Virgin Islands (VI) but on being in a position to represent all the people who have confidence in him.

Overwhelming Support

“I’ve been overwhelmed by the support that I’ve received, not only from residents of my own district but also from districts all over the BVI… They have listened to my platform and want to see these plans applied to the entire Territory,” he said while adding, “I believe that my agenda is truly relevant and can be the basis of a National Plan.”

He said that long before he would have completed his term in office, there will be a better standard of living for each and every Virgin Islander, and a long-term plan in effect for the future growth of the Territory’s children.

He said that in making the decision to run At-Large, he has given serious consideration to what he sees as a long-standing issue regarding district representation in the HoA.

Opposition District Reps struggle – Walters

“When an individual is elected as a District Representative but is not a member of the ruling party, that person must struggle – often unsuccessfully - to be heard,” he said.

He further stated, “This leads to districts where the residents are entirely neglected for what can be a four-year term, and I deem this both unacceptable and in urgent need of change.”

Walters, one of the political newbies in the VI said that the needs raised by all elected District Representatives, regardless of the party they belong to, should be received and responded to equally, “I can only ensure that happens if I run as an At-Large Candidate,” he noted.

See previous story published Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Dirk L. Walters switch to running At-Large, still with PU

SEA COWS BAY, Tortola, VI - Political newcomer Dirk L. Walters announced a few weeks ago that he was running in the fifth district with the Hon Julian Fraser led Progressives United (PU).

However, Today, Wednesday, February 6, 2019, he has switched, telling JTV Facebook page that he will now run At-Large.

The political aspirant said he was overwhelmed with requests to run At-Large, as it gives more persons the opportunity to vote for him. He confirmed he will be “contesting the seat as an At-Large candidate.”

The former Government employee and bandleader stated, “I have been getting a lot of support from all over and they can trust me” he noted.

2 At-Large for PU

It is unclear if the public will see the move as a sign of early political instability. The feedback by the public is still coming in and our news Centre will bring an update.

This will mean that Mr Walters will join Rajah A. Smith as the PU's second At-Large candidate.

23 Responses to “UPDATE: “Proud to step up into an At-Large position” - Dirk L. Walters”

  • ... (06/02/2019, 12:51) Like (29) Dislike (11) Reply
    political suicide
    • Hmmm (06/02/2019, 16:31) Like (13) Dislike (14) Reply
      I wonder who or what got to him? Less than a week after your launch you start hopping already?? Truly disappointed, makes you look unstable somewhat.
    • Timmy (06/02/2019, 16:41) Like (22) Dislike (7) Reply
      Yes sir good move I got you now sir, you are showing you got balls, vino chill the heck out talking about early signs of political instability, the man party is weak, dirk got what it takes" INTEGRITY" all the best sir!
  • rastaman (06/02/2019, 13:16) Like (11) Dislike (0) Reply
    I thought this would make Dirky the third At-Large candidate for PU. What happen to Verna Smith?
    • @ rastaman (06/02/2019, 14:39) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
      you know vino and them news lol maybe because she is not launched yet
  • Just Curious (06/02/2019, 13:34) Like (23) Dislike (3) Reply
    I believe that's the best political move Dirk has made because the district 5 area is a crab in barrel constituency. I still believe that it will be difficult for Dirk to win one of the At large seats but he may give some of the other contestants a run for their money.
  • Quick Question (06/02/2019, 14:01) Like (20) Dislike (19) Reply
    1. What did he say...he is getting a lot of support from all over and they can trust him?
    2. How many people he say a lot is again?
    3. What did he say they can trust him with again?
    We are so off track! Really! Are we for real?
    Lord I cry from your help and intervention in this here BVI election come Feb. 25th, 2019.
  • Hmmmm (06/02/2019, 14:17) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    Oh boiii!
  • VG voter (06/02/2019, 14:27) Like (17) Dislike (4) Reply
    DIRK, this is a good move. Don't mind the noise!!!
  • wize up (06/02/2019, 15:00) Like (1) Dislike (6) Reply
    and he in get elected yet
  • Riddem (06/02/2019, 16:15) Like (9) Dislike (5) Reply
    Dirky you been holding back riddems for years. why should we believe you wouldn't hold back this country too?
  • Riddem (06/02/2019, 16:15) Like (3) Dislike (7) Reply
    Dirky you been holding back riddems for years. why should we believe you wouldn't hold back this country too?
  • you know (06/02/2019, 16:36) Like (14) Dislike (0) Reply
    When people tell you run for politics and says to you they’re with you when election time comes around those same ones don’t even vote for you
  • yes (06/02/2019, 17:11) Like (9) Dislike (4) Reply
    This is a great move. He will take a seat for sure!
  • FLIP FLOP (06/02/2019, 17:36) Like (4) Dislike (12) Reply
    Desperation.
  • iwondr (06/02/2019, 20:03) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
    I wonder if the money team buy him out
  • 5th (07/02/2019, 06:36) Like (27) Dislike (8) Reply
    Big move Dirky people with small minds can't see the bigger picture... we the people needs real representation.. atleast you got more balls than Andrew...
  • Youth (07/02/2019, 11:14) Like (2) Dislike (14) Reply
    Please tell the people the truth. You were PAID. To make the switch.
  • TGC (07/02/2019, 14:50) Like (2) Dislike (2) Reply
    That's really too bad. He would have gotten my vote in the 5th because honestly he struck me as being the best of a pretty bad bunch in that district. Pitted against some of the other at large candidates in the running I really do not see him making a good showing. Overly confident. Decision based on what others are telling him HE should do. Listen to your own intuition next time.
  • d2 (07/02/2019, 15:21) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    Mitch. Do like Dirk. Come out from among that party. It is not too late. We are warning you. Come out.
  • Truth (12/02/2019, 08:49) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    I agree with d2. Mitch you need to move from that Party. The People aint voting for NDP1 nor 2. Because them is the same. Do like Pico, he smart, run independent if you have to, but come out it will backfire. trust me.

    the "Sheep" coming Myron move out the way before you get knock down. Sheep down win the at-large votes by far.

    A vote for Marlon gives us Myron, so we voting for Byron.

    the Wise men come out of the east, Calvin, Byron, Sheep, Blah Blah Blah


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