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Early PVIM fallout! Lesmore Smith running Independent At-Large

March 5th, 2023 | Tags: PVIM Lesmore Smith At Large Candidate independent
Lesmore Smith is no longer contesting the 2023 General Election on the PVIM's slate but will be an Independent At-Large candidate. Photo: VINO/File
Progressive Virgin Islands Movement (PVIM) will be announcing the majority of their slate on Monday, March 6, 2023. Photo: Facebook
Progressive Virgin Islands Movement (PVIM) will be announcing the majority of their slate on Monday, March 6, 2023. Photo: Facebook
FISH BAY, Tortola, VI: As the Progressive Virgin Islands Movement (PVIM) gets ready to launch about 8 to 9 candidates out of 13, there has been an early fallout.

Sources close to the PVIM told our news centre that Lesmore Smith, who announced last December that he is running as an At-Large candidate with the PVIM, has been forced off the ticket. It is our understanding that he was asked to run in District 5, but opted not to, as his slot as a PVIM At-Large candidate was taken by a former Speaker of the House of Assembly who the party thought was a better candidate.

 "I am contesting as an Independent At-Large candidate," Mr Smith told our newsroom today, March 5, 2023.

The other political parties including the National Democratic Party and Progressives United are having a hard time finding candidates to run in the Fifth District, the stronghold of the Virgin Islands Party popular Member and incumbent Hon Kye M. Rymer, who is the Deputy Premier and Minister for Communications and Works.

Hon Rymer is expected to easily retain his seat, according to most political commentators.

If he wins?

The same source noted that if Mr Smith is able to capture an At-Large seat, he will re-join the PVIM because of his relationship with its chairman, Mr Ronnie W. Skelton.

The PVIM is expected to launch some of its candidates to contest the 2023 General Elections on March 6, 2023.

We will bring you more information as the story develops.

47 Responses to “Early PVIM fallout! Lesmore Smith running Independent At-Large ”

  • lol (05/03/2023, 18:44) Like (35) Dislike (1) Reply
    This is the sweetest joke for the day and the election season thus far. LMAO.
  • what a thing (05/03/2023, 18:47) Like (37) Dislike (2) Reply
    This horse change jockey before he could get out of the gate.
  • I wonder (05/03/2023, 18:50) Like (15) Dislike (2) Reply
    I wonder who is this former speaker of the house for PVIM.
  • facts (05/03/2023, 18:58) Like (37) Dislike (5) Reply
    Confusion once Mitch is there
  • Advise (05/03/2023, 19:42) Like (50) Dislike (3) Reply
    My friend, please develop your Security business and move away from Politics. Are you prepared to represent the BVI at a climate change in a forum or workshop in Geneva Switzerland or even the USVIs?
    • street reporter. (05/03/2023, 20:35) Like (19) Dislike (3) Reply
      Why you didn't Try #3. Them need a real Horse racing champ and we need to get rid of Frazer...
    • facts (05/03/2023, 20:53) Like (10) Dislike (1) Reply
      Big joke.
    • @ Advise (05/03/2023, 21:07) Like (13) Dislike (0) Reply
      He can talk about horse race
    • the rock (05/03/2023, 22:14) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      Whats so hard in being prepared to go.and sit and jot down notes, darn it!
    • god is watching (07/03/2023, 14:24) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      @Advise what Climate Change forum? You are so silly to be falling for yet another hoax from the New World Order Agenda wicked people. You better open your eyes.
  • WOW (05/03/2023, 20:13) Like (7) Dislike (3) Reply
    He and K*e have a pact. He has agreed nit to run against him
  • HeHe (05/03/2023, 20:41) Like (9) Dislike (11) Reply
    The horse in VIP gate 5 is a beast!!
    • Scatliffe show (06/03/2023, 00:40) Like (2) Dislike (10) Reply
      I want Dr Vanterpool {from the talk show on ZBVI} to run against Kye in the 5th.
      • @ Scatliffe Show. U dont like Doc. (06/03/2023, 04:31) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
        Doc V is a good man, thats the kind of people we need in Gov. So running is a good thing but to run against VIP in #5 I say you dont like him. #5 is planted in VIP concrete..Let Doc run in #3 0r #2 for NDP, put a very young guy in his 20s to run # 5 against Kye so he has time to win on his 3rd try..
        • hmm! (06/03/2023, 10:53) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
          It has 1 in politics that I love dearly and I am vex he is still in it, to much confusion. I also love Doc. V so please when it comes to going into it , I beg of him don't. Talking about it on the radio is enough, stay out! I beg please, you to nice for politics. concentrate on your new business, & family. Don't let them tempt you or provoke you to join. Tell them leave you alone in the name of the Father, Son, & Holy Spirit. When the place is revamped, clean, and sanctified you can may be consider. But for now, stay as a horse, walk with your head up right as it is; don't join the donkey race.
  • VOTER6BVI (05/03/2023, 21:43) Like (12) Dislike (1) Reply
  • hello (05/03/2023, 22:02) Like (2) Dislike (3) Reply
    First mr. Smith. Mister Willock up next .
  • ellis thomas downs (05/03/2023, 22:21) Like (10) Dislike (1) Reply
    Wherever Lesmore run it’s a horse with out legs
  • lol (05/03/2023, 23:11) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
    look like he got what the duck got
  • District 2 voter (05/03/2023, 23:58) Like (14) Dislike (6) Reply
    This is expected with more to come because wherever Mitch is there will always be deceit, lies, disrespect, betrayal, and a struggle for power.
  • I prefer voting for Lesmore (06/03/2023, 00:28) Like (7) Dislike (11) Reply
    Because he built his business from scratch and he will do better than those in there now who never even sold a candy
    • Election Vision.. (06/03/2023, 04:22) Like (5) Dislike (2) Reply
      This will be a head and heart hurting election....As I vision it now, there is only one sure winner that's VIP #5...All the others are just hope, belief and prediction..I predict VIP win 3 seats #7, #5, #4 for now...PVIM wins 3 seats for now, 2 at large Ronnie and Mather and #2, ...NDP 2 seats for now #8 and Lorna at Large..Have to wait listen and watch before I can predict the rest...The one certain winner in this whole election again is VIP #5.
      • @Election Vision (06/03/2023, 09:17) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
        Lorna??? Not even 100 votes
        • Say it louder (06/03/2023, 17:50) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
          Especially Ronnie.....wheee he going? We gots no problem with sending out into the pasture where there is peace and no confusion
  • the 4 horsemen (06/03/2023, 00:37) Like (4) Dislike (16) Reply
    We are voting for Lesmore Smith to revive horseracing.
  • 2023 (06/03/2023, 04:31) Like (12) Dislike (0) Reply
    Question…..does these various political groups have any interest for our people

    Or is just seeking political power( every second shift here and a shift there, very mesmerizing

    need folks coming together with a serious mindset to take the territory in a positive direction

    In the past 20-30 years not very much has been done to uplift the people: just look around and you will clearly see

    Bad public highways
    Lack of running street water
    Sewage in some areas
    Dark Public Highway
    The dump @ pockwood pond
    The above list goes on & on……..

    you see your political representatives every 3 years and six months) just be the elections, once them get in them gone

    • Interesting (06/03/2023, 11:36) Like (5) Dislike (2) Reply
      2023 listed a number of ills all under the representative for the 5th district yet he is a predicted winner. What the hell do we really want? Popular people or people who will get things done? It is mind baffling reading the blogs.
    • Sell out (07/03/2023, 14:29) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      @2023 don't vote for none of them. They only using the electorate to gain money, status, and power!!
  • .. (06/03/2023, 05:30) Like (17) Dislike (1) Reply
    Rhymer for D5 that’s it and that’s all… we don’t need nobody else for up here
  • Ghut girl (06/03/2023, 07:35) Like (6) Dislike (5) Reply
    Let them try and bring someone against kye they will get what the duck got; a big big L

    We in d5 sticking with kye he is our hero
    • @Ghut girl (06/03/2023, 09:21) Like (5) Dislike (4) Reply
      Well what he do for the 5th? Up there still look like a hot mess! Horrible roads, mechanic shops with old cars everywhere, noisy bikes up n down, bars everywhere, derelict buildings, his big economic zone project is a failure, the basketball court by the church is still a hangout for bad eggs, overgrown bush and potholes everywhere.

      How is the 5th any better today than it was 4 years ago? Oh I see, handouts and contracts to his handlers. Carry on
      • and the list goes on (06/03/2023, 12:25) Like (1) Dislike (2) Reply
        Million dollar elevator for a 2 story building....A 2million dollar free market.....Give out majority of the Market concessions to his constituents.....Messed up traffic....Expensive pedestrian crossing lights that dont work......Put street lights on every light pole in his district while leaving other districts in darkness.....Potholes throughout the island etc etc etc
      • @ “@Ghut girl” (06/03/2023, 12:31) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
        If you drove through the 5th you’d know the road past Jehovah Witness building heading up to the top of the hill with the junction to head west towards Brewers Bay and east towards Fahie Hill was blocked off for almost a month and a half for repairs almost 2 years ago, which were done.

        Did you not see the Economic Zone commenced being built months ago?

        There is Sanky Sunday where the community gathers to commune together in song and worship at the Community Centre.

        As for handouts, I would hope he isn’t bending any rules to secure votes or maintain friendships. The COI and recent arrests should be a lesson to refrain from underhanded behaviour.
      • @Ghut girl (06/03/2023, 15:46) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
        You could never be a Ghut girl more sound like a newbie!!
        How can he stop people from hanging on the basketball court? The basketball court been there before the church furthermore it was a little hut there where the older men used to play basketball and drink their DECADESSS AGO!!!

        Everywhere in the world has bars everywhere what kind of comment is that?

        Overgrown bush is everywhere in the BVI the 5th has minimal overgrown bush no your districts and where they start and stop.

        Try again!! All your supposed accusations happens all around the BVI
    • :) (06/03/2023, 10:55) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      I dont know why they not understanding that, they blind or somting mahn
  • RAT RACE AGAIN (06/03/2023, 08:45) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
  • voter (06/03/2023, 09:31) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Not my X. And then his company looking for more contracts from Government.
  • Quiet Storm (06/03/2023, 09:40) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Some of these fellows are jokers, and poppy shows and loyal only to themselves. They see I in and Team where there is none. Some of dem DOA.
  • @Ghut girl (06/03/2023, 10:23) Like (17) Dislike (1) Reply
    He must be greasing your palms. So don't speak for the rest of us who are not in District 5.

    What do we see? He is complicit in all the bad decisions of the VIP. He voted for the Greedy Bill. He voted to take out the $40 million out of Social Security. He voted to pay Claude Skelton Cline and EZ Shipping exorbitant amounts of money for a small amount of work. He as the Communication and Works Minister have a lot of responsibilities and he apparently only care about his District. Let me list them for you what he has been neglecting. He obviously cannot order Public Works, who are under his remit, to patch a dam pot hole. The Complex has been down since 2017 and that cannot be fixed. He jacked up the damn traffic. Sick of that roundabout traffict. Hate it. And didn't bother look back on Traffic Department to streamline services so we can get better service after having to drive from the capital on our lunch hour. Didn't even think of a small depot in Town to renew licenses. The old people have to tell these young people everything, but they quick to hire expensive lawyers. Something else he said yeah too. And that is just to name a few. Our problem is Kye and all the others are good at spending money, but unfortunately our country is the most crappy it has ever been under their watch and no other Government in the history of the Virgin Islands took, not borrowed, took $40 million of our Social Security money. And they didn't have the decency to at least buy the scrubber for the Incinerator and patch the roads with some of it. I don't see what Kye has over the others. All of them are nice guys. Because he calls you and WhatsApp you and Sankey singouts etc does not make him a good Representative. It makes him a good friend. Not all our friends can represent us. They are all my friends. I love them all, but how are they representing us. He is not just D5 Rep. He is the Minister for Communication and Works. You drove through your District lately. Ghetto Fabulous, especially Huntumns Ghut.
    • ok (06/03/2023, 13:19) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
      I agree with you 100%. To add, he is not the sharpest knife in the drawer
  • big show (06/03/2023, 11:01) Like (6) Dislike (1) Reply
    This place will not get any better this guy had to vote and cause his mother in law to be on almost every board and you have him to return God help us
  • Popularity Contest (07/03/2023, 07:06) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    In politics, the shiny things are distractions and illusions. They are used to draw voters like tools without real power. Always remember the affiliations with money and power behind the scenes. Look at how people manage themselves, their families, their money and their ego. Party is not for the country, but for control by people with money behind the scenes. They all want the power to control the country without serving and solving the problems that the voters need resolved because true solutions will cut the profit and bottom line of their affiliation businesses. Wake up and wise up.
  • If he wins (07/03/2023, 07:49) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Kevin Hart wrote this article???

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