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VIP confirms district candidates @ July 14, 2018 Congress meeting

- Party now has candidates in Districts 1, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9
Luce Hodge-Smith (Left) was selected by the VIP Congress to represent District 4 in the 2019 elections. Commissioner of Motor Vehicles, Kye M. Rymer (Right) will run in district 5, announced the congress which was held last evening Saturday July 14, 2018. Photo: VINO file
Also selected at the congress were John Samuel (left), former Acting Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Communications and Works and former Director of the Virgin Islands Shipping Registry, to run in District 6 and VIP President and College Lecturer, Dr Natalio D. Wheatley aka ‘Sowande Uhuru’ (right) who will contest in district 7. Photo: VINO files.
Also selected at the congress were John Samuel (left), former Acting Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Communications and Works and former Director of the Virgin Islands Shipping Registry, to run in District 6 and VIP President and College Lecturer, Dr Natalio D. Wheatley aka ‘Sowande Uhuru’ (right) who will contest in district 7. Photo: VINO files.
VIP Chairman, Andrew A. Fahie (left) dispelled rumors of running At Large when the congress announced him running again in District 1. Vincent O. Wheatley (right) will contest in District 9, where he worked tirelessly following the hurricanes of 2017. Photo: VINO files
VIP Chairman, Andrew A. Fahie (left) dispelled rumors of running At Large when the congress announced him running again in District 1. Vincent O. Wheatley (right) will contest in District 9, where he worked tirelessly following the hurricanes of 2017. Photo: VINO files
TREASURE ISLE HOTEL, Tortola, VI- It was a quiet but productive night at the Virgin Islands Party (VIP) Congress meeting that took place last evening, Saturday July 14, 2018 at the Treasure Isle Hotel on Tortola.

Unlike when another party had their Congress meeting, no media professionals were tossed off the property and asked to stand by the road side.

The public has been calling for a change of Government for over two years, as they have reportedly lost confidence in the National Democratic Party (NDP) Administration and have said they wanted to see the candidates of the Opposition VIP. Many residents often argued they “want a change, however they do not know who the VIP is bringing.”

While the 13 seats have not been filled, the VIP has made a significant start by confirming its candidates for some 6 out of the 9 districts for the next general election, due by June 2019.  It is our newsroom's understanding that the party will have a full slate of 13 candidates, in an attempt to unseat the NDP or any other new political party.

They are…

At the Congress meeting last evening, they confirmed Director of Culture, Luce Hodge-Smith to run in district 4; Commissioner of Motor Vehicles, Kye M. Rymer will run in district 5, while former Acting Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Communications and Works and former Director of the Virgin Islands Shipping Registry, John Samuel will run in district 6.

In addition, VIP President and College Lecturer, Dr Natalio D. Wheatley aka ‘Sowande Uhuru’ will contest in district 7, while Sister Islands Coordinator Vincent O. Wheatley, who became a hero following Hurricanes Irma and Maria for his works on Virgin Gorda and Anegada, will be the party’s standard bearer in district 9, according to information obtained.

Is Fahie At Large?

Meanwhile, the Party Leader, Hon Andrew A. Fahie will run again in District 1, dispelling rumors about him running for an At Large seat. He will be the new Premier, if his party wins at least 7 seats in the upcoming elections.

The party Congress is expected to meet again to address and vote for four At Large candidates, and thus far only one person, former Permanent  Secretary and businessman, Julian Willock, has publicly announced his intention to seek the party’s nomination.

Mr Willock released a new video message over the weekend to VIP delegates, obtained by our news desk from social media, saying what he brings to the table and warning of the challenges ahead; however, he could not be reached for comments, as our newsroom was told by a campaign aid “Mr Willock is off island”.

Time for a change

There is expected to be about three to four political parties contesting the upcoming general elections in the British Overseas Territory of the Virgin Islands and political pundits have said, it’s too early to call or predict what will happen; however, the people appear to be in the mood for a change of government.

58 Responses to “VIP confirms district candidates @ July 14, 2018 Congress meeting”

  • Excellent pick (15/07/2018, 12:53) Like (131) Dislike (4) Reply
    Vincent Wheatley got it covered in district 9!
  • one world,one life (15/07/2018, 13:03) Like (28) Dislike (2) Reply
    let the ball roll.
  • ABC (15/07/2018, 13:27) Like (63) Dislike (6) Reply
    All of them could win
  • wize up (15/07/2018, 13:50) Like (24) Dislike (5) Reply
    On your Mark get Set!!!! Should one vote party or personality!!!!
  • wow (15/07/2018, 13:53) Like (30) Dislike (0) Reply
    Wow so none in 2,3,8 ok getting there I hope when they doing at large they have those districts
  • voter 6 (15/07/2018, 14:02) Like (63) Dislike (9) Reply
    welcome welcome Mr samuel
  • whoa! (15/07/2018, 15:06) Like (77) Dislike (3) Reply
    Good start! Keep it coming. All highly vetted candidates with strong potential for the task ahead in our country. We don’t want anymore sleeping political leaders. This set is young, bright, possess the required experience, and can hit the road running once given the elected opportunity. Good job so far VIP.
  • Youth (15/07/2018, 15:08) Like (73) Dislike (6) Reply
    I like these candidates. They are real people.
  • ok (15/07/2018, 15:09) Like (65) Dislike (2) Reply
    Good move VIP. We had enough of these lying and corrupt NDP gang. They are accountable to no one.
  • Easy (15/07/2018, 15:10) Like (51) Dislike (2) Reply
    VIP...Keep the torch burning
  • My Take (15/07/2018, 15:11) Like (61) Dislike (4) Reply
    What I like about these candidates is that they are young, intelligent and common people. They will make a good government.
  • People (15/07/2018, 15:12) Like (57) Dislike (4) Reply
    This is a good start. VIP is really bouncing back.
  • forward (15/07/2018, 15:13) Like (42) Dislike (2) Reply
    Vip now you are moving forward ever backwards never.
  • Hmmm (15/07/2018, 15:14) Like (62) Dislike (8) Reply
    NDP is bragging saying that they can't lose but they are out for a rude awakening.
  • Ponygirl. (15/07/2018, 15:37) Like (60) Dislike (6) Reply
    Yes love the new reps.mrs Smith.mr John samuel.mr Wheatley.cant wait for election time..we are suffering around here.
    • wize up (15/07/2018, 17:22) Like (43) Dislike (1) Reply
      @ ponygirl: suffering is joke we on life support: can you imagine coming from being branded a bird sanctuary then coming out of granting aid and as we speak our territory right back in clutches of the Europeans: we did well from the mid 70s; the 80s saw the innovation of cruise ships and offshore services: the 90s was smooth sailing but some how come 20s the ship hit a reef just outside road harbour: poor ship taking on water like crazy: let me say this we can’t abandon the ship because our children and grandchildren are on the passenger manifest: a woman was reading my right palm and she said to me, just change the crew then rebuild the engines and all will be well...so you keep the faith God is still God....
      • l (16/07/2018, 09:05) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
        Thank you for your comment. I was about to pull the plug and abandon ship.
  • yes (15/07/2018, 15:44) Like (36) Dislike (3) Reply
    Good candidates, good start, good luck
  • yrral (15/07/2018, 16:10) Like (5) Dislike (38) Reply
    Have they decided on the currency they will be printing,why do these people fool themselves of thinking ,they can be an independent nation,when they are dependent on the crown for resources ,as they live in their fool.paradise
  • jokers (15/07/2018, 16:24) Like (37) Dislike (4) Reply
    NICE MOVE MR PRESIDENT I LOVE THE CHOICES AND I KNOW YOU HAVE 4 ATLARGE VOTES AND I KNOW YOU HAVE FOUR OF THEM ALREADY NONE OF THE SAME SHIIIIIIIIT THAT BRING THE COUNTRY DOWN
  • Looking good!!!! (15/07/2018, 16:25) Like (23) Dislike (14) Reply
    Jougo and boss way ayo dey!!!!!!! V.I.P. All the way!!! Ah getting goosebumps thinking bout it but wait dis might end up being people from 3 different party in the H. O. A because if Fraser making he own party and run for the 3 rd again nobody can’t tek he out... Fahie ain’t moving from the 1st ... Kye!!! Das wa I talkin bout... ayo looking better than last election so far... prayers!
    • Hmm (15/07/2018, 23:45) Like (13) Dislike (8) Reply
      Boss will go against Alvera???? Never bite the hands that feeds you...
      • huh (16/07/2018, 06:13) Like (9) Dislike (1) Reply
        Where you seeing Boss running in the 6th
      • Hmm (16/07/2018, 08:27) Like (2) Dislike (9) Reply
        Mite have a beta chance than who dem gah there now... trust me... all boss gah do is the same thing in return to Alvera... come on!!!!!!
  • Lovin it! (15/07/2018, 16:26) Like (28) Dislike (1) Reply
    For Sure, For Sure. Strong start.
  • wize up (15/07/2018, 16:56) Like (49) Dislike (5) Reply
    district #5 is a definite win for VIP: district #4 will be great(but one must look out for those spontaneous contracts or those white envelopes): district #7 is six of one; half dozen of the other:district #8 with “sheep” will be great: district #9 goes back to VIP
  • Hmmmm (15/07/2018, 17:06) Like (15) Dislike (5) Reply
    Just don’t cry for one who going cry for those who coming
  • Proud (15/07/2018, 17:12) Like (30) Dislike (1) Reply
    Not from here...but good pick. VIP can really have it going!
  • good pick (15/07/2018, 17:41) Like (24) Dislike (54) Reply
    I still believe they should have gotten a stronger person for district 5 someone strong from that community. Let’s go Luce
    • Look at the facts... (16/07/2018, 09:22) Like (23) Dislike (1) Reply
      I think you are wrong. The DMV is the most structured and efficient government department as far as I can see... this is what the territory needs right now! KYE HAS MY VOTE!
  • question (15/07/2018, 22:11) Like (5) Dislike (2) Reply
    Who for #2
  • !! (15/07/2018, 22:13) Like (4) Dislike (3) Reply
    Hmm missing 2, 3 , 8
  • Political Obsever (PO) (15/07/2018, 22:52) Like (15) Dislike (5) Reply
    The Phoenix rises from the ashes. As the Phoenix in Greek mythology, the VIP is showing signs of life. There are still three more district members (2, 3, and 8j and 4 at large candidates to roll but it appears to be fielding competitive candidates. The generational mix is encouraging; the baton is passed from Boomer to millennial. Got start but I will keep my powder dry, exercising fire discipline.

    Still need to see VIP plan of action and milestones for leading the territory out of its current crisis. Need to see its priorities, funding plan, implementation plan.......etc. Need to see its plan for constructing a world class infrastructure (roads, water, electricity, sewage, drainage, drainage, ports, gas), educational platform, diversifying economy, lowering the cost of living, more political and governing autonomy, access and availability of health care, preserving and protecting the environment, strengthening the social safety net, reforming the civil service, reducing/preventing violent and property crime, training and educating local human capital, lowering skyrocketing cost of living, air lift, improving ferry system, consumer protection, whistle blower legislation, insurance legislation, sports programmes, revising NHI, reforming procurement, protecting land........etc.
    ,
  • Lb (15/07/2018, 23:17) Like (24) Dislike (47) Reply
    Same persons posting multiple times. Can read it in the same word usage and rhythm of sentence structures. There is no way you can have 20+ posts and every single one of them be über excited about every single one of these candidates. Pathetic!
    • color me bad (16/07/2018, 06:55) Like (32) Dislike (5) Reply
      I guess that is Myron blogging machine blogging like crazy. LOL

      Ago stay there worrying about who blogging???

      NDP DEAD!
  • one eye (16/07/2018, 02:59) Like (22) Dislike (2) Reply
    not a bad start now do the same good job with the At Large
  • Yelp!!!!!! (16/07/2018, 06:45) Like (21) Dislike (0) Reply
    Yes!!!!!! It's coming Home!!!!!!!!!!!lol Now this a slate I can get behind. Clean Sweep!!!!!!!! Lawd what a ting
    • LOL (16/07/2018, 11:59) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
      Its a good slate but don't wish for a clean sweep, you need a credible opposition to keep the government in check. That is why the NDP have acted as they have, no opposition
  • new (16/07/2018, 07:21) Like (14) Dislike (0) Reply
    its the time for VIP ! LOVING THE CANDIDATES
  • miss (16/07/2018, 09:02) Like (42) Dislike (4) Reply
    Mr. Rymer has my vote in the 5th for sure! Delores has to go!
    • Purell (16/07/2018, 12:01) Like (15) Dislike (14) Reply
      Agreed that Delores has to go but not Kye... a politician is more than someone with a recognizable last name or face...more in the mortar
      • @Purell (16/07/2018, 18:12) Like (16) Dislike (2) Reply
        So why you don’t throw your hat in the ring. At least Rymer had the courage to do so even though he knows people like you will criticize and have no solutions.
  • Resolve Your Issues!!! (16/07/2018, 09:15) Like (7) Dislike (5) Reply
    I am so happy to see this new and improved VIP! Keep pushing forward! Mrs. Hodge-Smith, Mr. Rhymer and Mr. Wheatley I am very sure they have felt the first hand victimization by this current government, and because of such they will aim to do better and restore the Virgin Islands!

    People you have the power to change our situation! Let your voices be heard and your annoyance be felt!!! Vote to put an end to the madness!
  • Greatness (16/07/2018, 09:42) Like (15) Dislike (2) Reply
    This is it !!!!!! VIP all the way !!!!!!
  • Horse Path (16/07/2018, 10:41) Like (32) Dislike (2) Reply
    Delores must go, let’s go Rhymer you got this
  • Outsider (16/07/2018, 14:20) Like (28) Dislike (1) Reply
    VIP doesn't need Cline-Skelton, he's damaged goods. Remember AMERICAN GREED Detroit. Play the tape.
  • BRAD BOYNES (16/07/2018, 14:33) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    @Political Obsrever (PO)....
    Don't forget Immigration. Now is a time for strong leadership in that depart mentioned for sure. Also IRD and T&C. My 2 cents.
    • Political Observer (PO) (16/07/2018, 20:44) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
      @Brad, true. Were you talking about the leadership stability in the Immigration Dept or the VI failure to train its people, requiring importation of skillsets that Virgin Islanders should be able to do or the focus of recruiting the best and the brightest or the retarding of the brain drain.
  • District 5 Voter (16/07/2018, 17:34) Like (18) Dislike (4) Reply
    Kye we got your back. We still looking for our current representative Deloris. Irma got to have taken her when she left the Bvi. When I saw Kye picture I was shocked and was glad that it is in the 5th that he is running. We need young people with integrity in the government. We need people like Kye who will make a difference. District 5 let's rally around this humble man who will represent us very well in the next HOA
  • ReX FeRal (16/07/2018, 23:03) Like (13) Dislike (5) Reply
    Try get guy hill to run at large.
  • voter (21/07/2018, 17:11) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    VIP ALL THE WAY NO SPLITTING OF VOTES WE NEED A CHANCE NDP HAVE TO GO FOR THE COUNTRY TO MOVE FORWARD


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