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Dr Karl Dawson tipped to represent D1 in 2023 general elections with VIP

- Hon Neville A. Smith will also be back on the VIP At Large ticket
The Virgin Islands Party (VIP) First District Committee has reportedly endorsed educator Dr Karl Dawson to be the VIP First District candidate for the 2023 elections. Photo:
Reports reaching Virgin Islands News Online are that Honourable Neville A. Smith (AL), who is also the Deputy Speaker, will be a Virgin Islands Party (VIP) candidate in the 2023 elections. Photo: Facebook/File
Reports reaching Virgin Islands News Online are that Honourable Neville A. Smith (AL), who is also the Deputy Speaker, will be a Virgin Islands Party (VIP) candidate in the 2023 elections. Photo: Facebook/File
WEST END, Tortola, VI- Word reaching our news centre from sources within the Virgin Islands Party (VIP), a part of the coalition Government, is that the VIP First District Committee has endorsed educator Dr Karl Dawson to be their standard bearer.

The matter must now be ratified by the VIP Congress.

Mr Dawson, who has lived in the first district for years, is now the front runner as District 1 remains a VIP stronghold. The founder of the VIP, the late Chief Minister H. Lavity Stoutt, was from D1.

It is unclear when the party that won the 2019 general elections led by former legislator Andrew A. Fahie will hold another congress meeting.

Dr Dawson, a former President of the H. L. Stoutt Community College and the Anguilla Community College, was recently a consultant to the Ministry of Education. 

Mr Dawson also contested the 2015 general election as an At Large Candidate where he came in fifth, as the then National Democratic Party took all four seats.  

Mr Dawson, a Methodist and indigenous Virgin Islander, did not respond to our request for comment.

Former President of the First District Committee Mr Nathaniel Issac Sr did not deny the reports but referred us to President of the VIP First District Committee Mr Duncan Williams who declined to comment.

Virgin Islands Party Chairman Premier Dr the Honourable Natalio D. Wheatley (R7) also did not respond to our request for comment.

Hon Smith back in the race!

Meanwhile, the same VIP sources told our news centre that Honourable Neville A. Smith (AL), who is also the Deputy Speaker, will be a candidate in the 2023 elections. 

Hon Smith, who did not respond to our request for comment, had told several key supporters earlier this year that he will not run but has since changed his mind and will be back in the race with the VIP At Large team.

48 Responses to “Dr Karl Dawson tipped to represent D1 in 2023 general elections with VIP”

  • KING FISH (05/12/2022, 15:08) Like (9) Dislike (33) Reply
    We got you sheep the vip start off with two seats
    • Sheep? (05/12/2022, 20:55) Like (47) Dislike (14) Reply
      Save for Hon Flax-Charles, Sheep ... Malone and all the others led us down a rabbit hole. They stood hand and hand with Andrew and did not object to anything he did nor said. Not one of them.

      And I just can't see how Dr. Dawson is still aligned with this party especially since hes now a minister in the church. It surely does not speak well for him.
      • @Sheep? (06/12/2022, 08:04) Like (14) Dislike (1) Reply
        Totally agree, you are known by the party you align yourself with. It's best if he ran as an independent because the same players are in the game
  • jack (05/12/2022, 15:18) Like (15) Dislike (48) Reply
    Two winners vip ahead right now
  • tola (05/12/2022, 15:24) Like (16) Dislike (55) Reply
    He will get my vote good people
  • Sara (05/12/2022, 15:35) Like (54) Dislike (17) Reply
    The people of the BVI will really elect someone who said "there is no poverty in the BVI?" When so many persons cannot buy food
    • To Sara (05/12/2022, 18:03) Like (22) Dislike (36) Reply
      You start with your mischief already? He cares about people and the BVI and he has my vote. Tired of mischief-makers like you.
      • @ to sara (06/12/2022, 08:06) Like (20) Dislike (0) Reply
        And that is exactly why the BVI is in the conundrum we are in..because people like you are afraid to face the truth. He said it in HOA, go back and listen to the tape.
  • Vi massive (05/12/2022, 15:53) Like (41) Dislike (18) Reply
    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO don't do it he won't make it. not he please look further dead-on arrival
  • Sonia (05/12/2022, 16:26) Like (19) Dislike (14) Reply
    dr dawson lets see who NDP and the other parties will bring to the table.....west side

    understand Mrs Smith-Archer running for political office as well
  • nope (05/12/2022, 16:49) Like (29) Dislike (43) Reply
    We are NOT going with anyone under VIP banner. A Methodist Minister and a VIP. Andrew was Methodist and VIP - come again.

    Also, the district since Lavity passed has not progressed! We looking at Ms Romney-Moses.
  • West Girl (05/12/2022, 17:05) Like (23) Dislike (5) Reply
    Easy win for Karl Sharna dead in the water
  • No Party Mr Dawson (05/12/2022, 17:15) Like (32) Dislike (1) Reply
    Mr. Dawson, you are a good man. Please don't run under any party's banner. Be independent and make choices that is right for the territory and self interest. Do not march to the party's drum beat when you know good and well it's wrong like some of the past VIPs did.
  • Truth (05/12/2022, 17:17) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    You cannot run with VIP if the Congress doesn't nominate you. Then you compete with other nominees in each area. If you lose you can't run with VIP and this includes incumbents
  • First District woman (05/12/2022, 17:25) Like (13) Dislike (9) Reply
    He has my vote.
  • Carrot Bay (05/12/2022, 17:30) Like (7) Dislike (10) Reply
    Dr. Dawson you have my vote. You are a good man and will serve us well.
  • We can do better (05/12/2022, 17:34) Like (37) Dislike (8) Reply
    Another weak link a sheep a follower. We need some Lions, some warriors..who will stand up and fight against wrong in high places and defend the people.
    • @We can do better (05/12/2022, 22:25) Like (4) Dislike (6) Reply
      So boss, why don’t you step to the plate from running your mouth.
  • Wait a minute (05/12/2022, 17:38) Like (4) Dislike (3) Reply
    Not them two bad minded women. Not them. Either Dawson or someone else.
  • forward (05/12/2022, 17:44) Like (32) Dislike (2) Reply
    I work with Moses and I warn the people of the first District to stay from her PLEASE!!! Take my advice.
  • West side (05/12/2022, 18:05) Like (19) Dislike (31) Reply
    Dr. Dawson do not mind the noise. There are more with you than against you.
  • UK Own (05/12/2022, 18:44) Like (30) Dislike (5) Reply
    We want No one That was hand picked by the Head Coach to keep the 1st District at Stand Still .It been looking like a dump for Years. C D is looking for The premiership and wants to be the leader of the Vip. Stay tuned people watch the Movie coming up..
  • Horse Path hero (05/12/2022, 19:59) Like (9) Dislike (21) Reply
    Finally, the intelligent, articulate genuine leader in the form of Dr Dawson has come forth. We will all see he is whom the 1 st district and the broader VI community was waiting for.
    • karl (05/12/2022, 21:02) Like (4) Dislike (17) Reply
      By himself, Karl is all those things. but Karl as a VIP Candidate, negates all those things. Even Willock not running under VIP.
      • @ karl (06/12/2022, 00:56) Like (12) Dislike (1) Reply
        Boss whoever the esteemed run with we voting for he this time we want fighters and country first not sell out and throwing your ministers under the bus!!!
  • dd (05/12/2022, 20:21) Like (8) Dislike (13) Reply
    That man is a down to earth man nuff respect me son go for it
  • tell me (05/12/2022, 20:40) Like (17) Dislike (3) Reply
    Do we want to move forward or continue in this operating under political people who are just not the right fit? With these kinds of selections, we will never be able to progress as a nation. Our problem as BVIslanders is that we get too excited and tend to forget and continue to make the same mistakes over and over again. We will never break free from this curse if we don't learn from our mistakes and also learn to seek God first.

    I have nothing personal against Dr. Dawson, but we have to remember that everything this man touches seems to fail. Just take a look at his track record, the H. Lavity Stoutt College under his leadership failed. The educational institution was almost not going to be recognized as an accredited institution because of its poor leadership with Dr. Dawson. Then he left the BVI and went away to lead another university and did not last long there, he failed again. Now as Deputy Chairman of the Hospital, look at the state of that healthcare institution since he has been there as one of the top leaders. It is worst off than it was under any previous board leadership. In addition to that, they just instate him as a pastor, why as a pastor would he be getting himself aligned with politics? Is it that they like to continue dwelling in the realm of evil? I am from the first district and there is no way that I will support him. I will use wisdom on this one and pass. Then they have the other guy there as deputy speaker who has just been in the house sitting on the sidelines not doing anything over the last four years other than making free money from the Government. This is wrong and I would encourage all of you who may consider voting for any of these people to please refrain from doing so, especially if you want to move in a positive and productive direction.
    • @ tell me (06/12/2022, 01:18) Like (8) Dislike (14) Reply
      Sonner or later you dead NDP bloggers would try and rewrite history. But the facts are it will be a VIP government back in office as weak as the leader is. Everywhere Karl has gone he has turned water into wine. It was funny man who ran him from the college with his practice of victimization. God don’t sleep, see what happened to him today! “Arrested and Charged”. No amount of spin can change that and he made history as the first former politician to go thought that….”want all gets none! Karl has always done good to others, and he will win Andrew set!!!! now take that to the streets!
    • @ Tell me. .Nice n Factual. (06/12/2022, 03:20) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
      I love your piece bad . You bring facts, record nd history to your non-support for these two persons. .#Tsachthemtheway.
  • Tipped? (05/12/2022, 21:05) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
    If he's "tipped" how come no one - Sowanade, Karl himself, Williams have confirmed it ... or is it that this article is to test the waters.
  • Free the Drew (05/12/2022, 21:36) Like (5) Dislike (15) Reply
    We want deh Drew.
  • Xxx (05/12/2022, 21:41) Like (10) Dislike (6) Reply
    Very good choice all the vip need now is a leader Showada is a sell out
  • bvibuzz (06/12/2022, 00:58) Like (8) Dislike (9) Reply
    Dr Karl a man from my own heart ???? let’s go we going do this and win win win
  • 1st district original (06/12/2022, 07:05) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Here we go again in our old ways(popularity contest) like we learn NOTHING fron the visit and decision the COI brought to our shores! Is mr Dawson experienced in the dealings of the UK to face them? And STOP that foolish talk about them don't own us, it certainly NOT the USVI, we are the BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS! The female talk show host is ALWAYS on the political stage defending us and yes the other female we have NOT seen or heard from since last political campaign. The present district rep is famous in the district but with who? The guys by the road side bars and the others who continue to personally beg for political favors. We certainly don't need another example of the DREW, we know what happened there. So 1st district choose well with the district in mind, not for you, fam and friends BUT to secure you grandchildren when the come back home from ravaged AMERICA!!!
  • polls (06/12/2022, 07:32) Like (7) Dislike (5) Reply
    Karl win second moses last sharna
  • time will tell (06/12/2022, 09:02) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
    What did he advise on? How to run a college in the ground? Why did Anguilla not renew his contract? Why was his consultancy not reviewed? He ain't advise ah tin!! This was hush money to get him off the media talking about not taking the vaccine and a reward from the past corrupt Premier for being a loyal follower and running mate. If they ran with VIP and lost, you were rewarded big time. Check and see for yourself where all who lost working today and how they got there.
  • tt (06/12/2022, 15:56) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Torlan don't know what thay want for their country thay put down there own to much but my grandma always say your own is better than beholding he is a good man beariet in mind not everyone will say amen to your success in life
  • musa (07/12/2022, 07:23) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    hope the 2 president on the same team

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