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Wade N. Smith In! as PVIM D5 Candidate; resigns as Commissioner of Customs

Wade N. Smith In! as PVIM D5 Candidate, resigns as Commissioner as Customs. Photo: VINO
Mr Smith made his announcement at the official launch ceremony of the PVIM at their Fish Bay, Tortola headquarters, noting that the alignment with the PVIM will allow him to contest the 2019 elections in the VI. Photo: VINO/File
Mr Smith made his announcement at the official launch ceremony of the PVIM at their Fish Bay, Tortola headquarters, noting that the alignment with the PVIM will allow him to contest the 2019 elections in the VI. Photo: VINO/File
FISH BAY, Tortola, VI - Commissioner of Customs in the Virgin Islands (VI), Wade N. Smith, announced tonight, December 7, 2018, that he has resigned from his post at Customs, and is now perusing a political career via a District 5 Candidacy with the new Progressive Virgin Islands Movement (PVIM) party.

Mr Smith made this announcement at the official launch ceremony of the PVIM at their Fish Bay, Tortola headquarters, noting that his alignment with the PVIM will allow him to contest the 2019 elections in the VI alongside several other candidates now with the party.

Earlier today, Virgin Islands News Online (VINO) had reported that former Deputy Premier, Attorney General and Deputy Governor R. Danica Penn QC, will also run at-large with the PVIM.

This was further confirmed to VINO by PVIM Leader Hon. Ronnie W. Skelton (AL), even as Ms Penn was speculated to run with Hon Julian Fraser RA (R3) who has formed his own political party, Progressives United (PU).

PVIM now bigger

The NDP 2, now the PVIM is made up of several National Democratic Party (NDP) members–having issues with the new co-leader of Government, Hon Myron V. Walwyn (AL)–who left the main NDP once Mr Walwyn became the leader in an internal election earlier this year.

Tonight marks the official announcement of Mr Smith as part of the PVIM slate to contest the upcoming General Election which must be held by April 16, 2019, according to Governor of the Virgin Islands, Augustus J. U Jaspert.

Prominent PVIM members include former NDP Chaplain, Honourable Melvin M. Turnbull, aka ‘Mitch,’ for District 2 and fired Minister for Health and Social Development, Hon Skelton who recently confirmed his leadership of the party.

Hon Turnbull has since been vocal about his departure from the NDP, citing frustration amongst several reasons why he ultimately decided to jump ship.

31 Responses to “Wade N. Smith In! as PVIM D5 Candidate; resigns as Commissioner of Customs ”

  • wowww (07/12/2018, 19:52) Like (31) Dislike (36) Reply
    He did that to join Ronnie and his dead horses team
  • Hmm (07/12/2018, 19:54) Like (77) Dislike (31) Reply
    Thumbs up if you wan Kye Rhymer win D5

    Thumbs down if you want wade Smith win D5

    • Check this (08/12/2018, 08:16) Like (6) Dislike (4) Reply
      Thumbs up if you want a District Five Man Blood and Guts. Thumbs Down if you want a another District Man for District Five.
  • Georgie (07/12/2018, 22:35) Like (19) Dislike (5) Reply
    Are you thinking straight Wade?
  • joe (08/12/2018, 04:47) Like (21) Dislike (9) Reply
    Can you tell me why kye rhymer is not resigning from his position ?
    • Tiro (08/12/2018, 09:30) Like (6) Dislike (10) Reply
      he is unsure of what to do or is being controlled by others ( like a puppet).
    • voter (08/12/2018, 10:35) Like (18) Dislike (1) Reply
      must’ve already happened because there is already a replacement at the dmv in his position
    • Outlaw (08/12/2018, 13:24) Like (36) Dislike (1) Reply
      @ joe, can you tell me why sandy Underhill is not resigning from the High School, Aaron Parillon from teaching, Jose DeCastro from PWD, why Trevor is still being allow to sit on statutory boards. Do not be a one sided sconk.
    • @joe (09/12/2018, 19:40) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      Ask what is holding up Kye’s resignation? His letter has bee in. You all need to talk what you know.
    • SMH (10/12/2018, 15:41) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
      Ask David Archer why Kye hasn't been officially resigned from his position..smh
  • Feel n Sad (08/12/2018, 07:14) Like (9) Dislike (2) Reply
    Courageous but wrong...
  • hmmmmmm (08/12/2018, 08:09) Like (13) Dislike (6) Reply
    His was born in Huntums Ghut, His Whole Family is from District 5, His mother Raphalia, Uncle's Base, Liston, Nerbert, Molito and Late Hon. Ethlyn Smith, Grand Parents Ernest "TaTa" Smith and Gladys Smith, All the Grieves and Robinsons are Family, Can you be more District Five than this? You think he will not be an independent mind, You think he will have a leader who demand loyalty over personal convictions? The place have a lot of issues and we want a total change. Hon. Deloris had a lot of ideas but she was hamstrung by her own people. mark who had a key ministry only focus on town and he was brought up in Huntums Ghut. The Family House still there. He did nothing for the District. Now a Full Blooded District Five Man want to come and take care of his home and the people of his district.
    • SMH (10/12/2018, 15:51) Like (6) Dislike (2) Reply
      Does it matter that Wade is from Huntum's Ghut stupes please. Was Delores from Huntum's Ghut? the answer is no.. Compare Kye's Department and the one Wade ran and tell me about their leadership skills. Kye Rymer has my vote all the way. We all know his mother in law is an old hag but that has certainly nothing to do with Kye.
  • Sound cloud (08/12/2018, 08:55) Like (17) Dislike (15) Reply
    Wade Smith will not only win this district but is the betterman out of those running - mark my words. Some very good candidates in this movement.
  • Horse Path (08/12/2018, 09:48) Like (27) Dislike (6) Reply
    I going with klye
    • District #5 (08/12/2018, 19:08) Like (10) Dislike (13) Reply
      Kyle was afraid to come speak to us so he send Andrew to speak for him. Who is really representing the 5th for VIP. If he cannot hold a simple talk he cannot represent us. Only a handful up district 5 is VIP and it always the same set making noise and nothing to offer. Don't mind the noise, I am with who is capable for this district and that is Wade!!!
  • red (08/12/2018, 09:56) Like (25) Dislike (13) Reply
    Wade going get licks
  • @hmmmmmmmm (08/12/2018, 12:21) Like (13) Dislike (3) Reply
    How many of these people lives here in the district. You forgot Terry isn’t he family also or you conveniently forgot.
    Wade has chosen to run with the people that has brought our country to the brink of no return. So we should ignore this also.
  • Ghut (08/12/2018, 19:01) Like (5) Dislike (9) Reply
    Win lose our draw wade u have me an my family vote u from the ghut an that’s all that matter where kye from round hill an not even there he from showing up when it’s time for photo opp
  • wize up (08/12/2018, 19:39) Like (7) Dislike (7) Reply
    I will vote for mr smith(yes sa!!)
  • Link Up (09/12/2018, 06:47) Like (10) Dislike (4) Reply
    Wade would have been the perfect candidate for VIP . These old Guards didn't secure the country properly. Its hard to renew their contract.. Hence. Wade in trouble with his association..
  • knightrider (09/12/2018, 07:06) Like (6) Dislike (1) Reply
    One of the most prestigious position available under the v.I constitution,is the position in the house of assembly,and when someone resigns from a job to run for politics,I believe that the person means goodl and wants good for his people.the most I can do at this time,is congratulate mr.wade smith for presenting himself to serve his people.good luck,sir..
  • @ district #5 (09/12/2018, 09:19) Like (13) Dislike (5) Reply
    Do a survey and see which department is rated highest among Government. Traffic in a landslide must I say leadership. That’s what we looking for in the 5th leadership not who has the most ties. And it is very clear kye has proven to be the better leader.
    We going green in 2019.
    Vote VIP all the way
  • Kingdom (09/12/2018, 09:59) Like (10) Dislike (10) Reply
    I will not vote for Kye Rymer because of who is wife and mother in law is. Either he become s puppet or take a divorce. This is very important to know who wicked some people treatment of others are. Don’t be fooled people. The mother in law is not nice daughter follow pursuit.
    • okay (09/12/2018, 17:04) Like (9) Dislike (6) Reply
      They’re not nice people at all. Who feels it knows it and who see it knows. Too wicked and selfish. They think them better than the rest of us. He up there living in his mother/in/law castle. He owes them favors for that. Them will pull he strings and the 5th will become theirs. All who got land in the district, be scared. Cause them bout themself.
    • Yup (10/12/2018, 09:52) Like (6) Dislike (4) Reply
      That is the same thing I said when I saw that he was running. Kye Rymer maybe the face in the forefront but his mindset and decisions will be fully swayed by Pa**y L**e. I don't trust his intentions much less hers. This is the TRUTH!
  • hello (09/12/2018, 19:45) Like (3) Dislike (4) Reply
    All of you who on Kye take the note out of your own eyes. No amount of bad talking Kye will make us vote for Wade. So save your energy.
  • joke (10/12/2018, 16:57) Like (11) Dislike (2) Reply
    One thing I wanna say is that MR WADE SMITH WILL NEVER GET MY VOTE! That man coming every year to run for election and now is when he choose to come hmmn... talking about border protection like really ??? Sir you was in that position that could have done something to protect us along time ago btw that mad don’t self be in the district through the people...

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