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Karen C. Vanterpool & Rosita Scatliffe-Thompson enter 2023 elections race

- Ms Vanterpool running Independent At Large while Scatliffe-Thompson running as Independent D4 candidate
Already in campaign mode, Karen C. Vanterpool (Left) & Rosita Scatliffe-Thompson (right) are vying for an At-Large and District 4 Seats respectfully. Photo: Linked-In/Internet Source
Mrs Karen C. Vanterpool will be contesting the 2023 General Elections as an Independent At Large Candidate. Photo: Team of Reporters
Mrs Karen C. Vanterpool will be contesting the 2023 General Elections as an Independent At Large Candidate. Photo: Team of Reporters
Rosita Scatliffe-Thompson is an Independent candidate seeking a seat in the Fourth District. Photo: Team of Reporters
Rosita Scatliffe-Thompson is an Independent candidate seeking a seat in the Fourth District. Photo: Team of Reporters
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI– Two additional Independent candidates, both females, have entered the 2023 political race in the Virgin Islands, each vying to take up a seat in the House of Assembly (HoA) as legislators but representatives in a different capacity.

Already in campaign mode, Karen C. Vanterpool and Rosita Scatliffe-Thompson are vying for At Large and District 4 seats respectively.

Ms Vanterpool, speaking exclusively to Virgin Islands News Online (VINO), said her bid was about seven years in the making, since attending university, and that through prayers and guidance from God, she felt now is the right time to come forward and serve the country in elected office.

She added that she is well known for being Miss Gorgeous 1986 in Virgin Gorda and disclosed to our news centre that she already has great support from the Virgin Gorda community as well as from a large family and community members and is looking to do the best she can for the VI.

Ms Vanterool has a BsC in Business Management, Associate [Degree] in Business Administration, Associate in Accounting, and an Associate in Construction Technology with some 28 plus years of experience in the telecommunications industry going all the way back to Cable and Wireless.   

No fear to run- Ms Vanterpool 

She is also a Member of the BVI Cancer Society and is a Virgin Islander by birth and plans to go all in representing the Virgin Islands.

“I am not fearful at all, our country needs new leadership and that’s the bottom line… we are just on a trajectory that’s going straight down,” she said, while adding that the UK could already be waiting to see the results. 

“If I don’t do it at this time, then when? Our country needs and is crying out for leadership… I worked as a civil servant, so I know what I am talking about,” she said. 

Ms Vanterpool said should she be elected she will look out for the underdogs in the VI, such as the youth, the elderly, and widows to offer financial support and more. 

Scaatlifee-Thompson could not be reached for comments up to publications time; however, she plans to campaign on ‘integrity over influence’ and, according to a campaign poster, is committed, innovative, resilient, attentive and hardworking.

The House of Assembly (HoA) has already been dissolved; however, a date for elections has not yet been called.

51 Responses to “Karen C. Vanterpool & Rosita Scatliffe-Thompson enter 2023 elections race ”

  • ok (14/03/2023, 07:54) Like (64) Dislike (0) Reply
    I am starting to wonder if all these women now coming to the front line and running for election is on account of what Mr C.S. Cline has said about a woman becoming our next premier. Any who, this time around I will not be voting party line but for individuals who I believe can take the country forward. This party system has failed us big time.
    • TruDat! (14/03/2023, 10:35) Like (34) Dislike (5) Reply
      Anyone voting for a party does not have the best interests of the BVI at heart. We need to select the best individuals from all the available candidates.
    • @ ok (14/03/2023, 13:43) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
      EXAAAAAAAACTLY @ your reason for all the women running
  • love it (14/03/2023, 08:00) Like (23) Dislike (0) Reply
    I am really encouraged by the number of women stepping forward, particularly as independent candidates. I am encouraged by independent candidates in general. The thinking that got us to this point will not help us to move on. We need to move beyond selective adherence to the "imitation" westminister system which has stalled in delivering the quality and excellence of development we long to achieve. I applaud these women.
  • On the way (14/03/2023, 08:11) Like (12) Dislike (0) Reply
    On your way to victory
  • Breaktime in de school (14/03/2023, 08:31) Like (31) Dislike (5) Reply
    Spelling test will begin in 1 minute. First word is committed, second is resilient, do I need to continue? Help us Lord.
    • Forbidden Truth (14/03/2023, 09:37) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
      At Breaktime in de school. Yes, pride,integrity and Guts. [PIG].
    • WHAT!!! (14/03/2023, 16:38) Like (0) Dislike (4) Reply
      Yes lord help us when someone running for government office can’t even put out a flyer with correct spelling, useless.
  • asura (14/03/2023, 08:52) Like (10) Dislike (5) Reply
    two DOA
  • mark my word (14/03/2023, 09:13) Like (12) Dislike (7) Reply
    Mark my word. Ladies, I will prefer we take that deposit and go Puerto Rico to the condado hotel and gamble to see if we win more. Roulette or poker is a better chance.

    Don’t throw away your money and time darlings.

    Mark my word!
  • WOMEN TEKKING OVA (14/03/2023, 09:35) Like (11) Dislike (14) Reply
    • FEO GOMEZ (14/03/2023, 13:21) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      Please clarify cause ....I'm trying to understand your point. If it is then its not a competition.
  • It takes courage…. (14/03/2023, 09:44) Like (22) Dislike (6) Reply
    It takes courage to know you’re in a losing battle and run for election anyways. Good luck ladies.
  • Choices (14/03/2023, 09:47) Like (11) Dislike (24) Reply
    Anybody is better than the VIP/NDP right now
  • How?? (14/03/2023, 09:47) Like (24) Dislike (7) Reply
    Somebody please tell crazy Rosie, go have several seats and save her nomination money.
  • Spelling Bee (14/03/2023, 09:53) Like (13) Dislike (1) Reply
    She had better create a new poster before she looks any stupider.
  • 2023 (14/03/2023, 09:55) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    the woman needs to align and form a political party or should they win jump ship and assist in forming a government( run talk that
  • jah (14/03/2023, 10:16) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
    all these who will fight for seat and position what are your qualifications?is just like that people step in to government positions because they are known to who is in setting position or the territory! There must be some sort of degree or diploma needed,not because you could rear chicken and have a legitimate business mean your qualified!..
  • The Nos Have it (14/03/2023, 10:29) Like (16) Dislike (19) Reply
    Miss Gorgeous 1986 isn't gorgeous in 2023
  • Native senior citizen (MoG) of the British Virgin Islands (14/03/2023, 10:46) Like (4) Dislike (2) Reply
    One of the most important thing missing from our political venture is the practice of integrity. Integrity is a practical that comes from the heart (mind) of people that love, care for, bear with, and share with their neighbors the blessings of life. Integrity has been missing, so far, from our dealing with our neighbors in every area. Hopefully these two females that is vying to get elected are women of integrity, if not, don't vote for them.
    Hopefully all other that are, and will seek a seat in the HoA are at the integrity level needed to help make the BVI a more friendlier, and more prosperous BVI, Spiritually, socially, educationally, economically for hopefully all the citizens of this Country, and visitors, too.

    Another great word is the word community.
    Community means commission to ensure unity.
    Are we a community minded people? Not yet., but it is achievable, with God, and co-operation with each other.

    Note:. It is possible, but not without integrity-minded actions.
  • WOW (14/03/2023, 10:47) Like (28) Dislike (5) Reply
    Who in the world are these people? Where they spring from all of a sudden? I mean I know Rosie but she been missing for years and only just resurfaced (won’t get race involved here). Always moved like she better than everybody else and never intermingled with us. As for this Karen person ahhmmm who she is and where she come from? We really making a mockery of this thing mehson.
  • Yes (14/03/2023, 10:49) Like (9) Dislike (16) Reply
    Willock what are you waiting for, I want to vote for you
  • My Take - Virgin Islands (14/03/2023, 10:56) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply

    Oh My God!!! I better be running too. Is this a joke or what?? This Ms Gorgeous, isn"t she the same one whose Step son f*** from his ministry with immediate effect?

    Do we forget so soon. Word is that she was very u*pr*******l and man******e during her short stint in the ministry of Education. What are your plans should you be elected? What if the party of her step son get voted in, will she be now permanent secretary to him or his deputy>

    What a thing to tell the King!!!

  • imagine (14/03/2023, 11:11) Like (16) Dislike (15) Reply

    maybe the one with the nose can take her nomination fee and go pay the b888888......Talking about degrees? degrees does give people sense? pure trouble. Really think you can be honourable and people will put you in? I doubt any of them own family going vote for them. The C&W former staff aint going vote for her, the college people with same degrees aint going vote for her and the church people ain't going vote for her. The 2 of them full of themself and full a pride, so please go run for something else. Fix ayo house first before trying to come fix the country. have a seat and siddung. If the people stupid enough to vote for them, the 2 ah dem going drive and walk all over the people

  • New faces (14/03/2023, 11:26) Like (8) Dislike (1) Reply
    I don't really know these ladies. Have they been involved in the community? I am loving that many new faces are coming forward and I look forward to hearing what they have to offer. Things are picking up for this election year.
  • 2023 (14/03/2023, 12:08) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    those old folks knows how to trick the system after being there so many years therefore give a new set an opportunity within 4 years we can vote them out……
  • Humble servant (14/03/2023, 12:18) Like (13) Dislike (3) Reply
    everybody turn into humble servant overnight now is campaign and champagne time. One thing with BVI people that I proud of, they laugh with you, chat with you, eat and drink with you, get motorcade gas and free election trip from you, but them suckers love their anonimous vote where they go to the polls and show who is boss. We need alot of help but not these 2. Next
  • FEO GOMEZ (14/03/2023, 13:17) Like (5) Dislike (7) Reply
    My thing is WHO WAS LIVING ON VG IN 1986? Cause .....huh
  • Political Observer (PO) (14/03/2023, 13:19) Like (14) Dislike (0) Reply
    It is both important and critical that younger generations of Virgin Islanders are stepping forward and showing an interest in politics and how the territory is governed. Nevertheless, IMHO, the political system/political parties have not provided ample opportunity for the training of the next generations of Virgin Islanders to take the baton. Consequently, many bust on the political scene ill-prepared and under prepared for the complex function of governing effectively. Governing can look easy from the outside; it can be an illusion; ie, more challenging than it appears. Governing out of power is easy. The government in power must find the resources to a)deliver accessible and affordable healthcare, b)when school call in it must provide the facilities, teachers, and other staff to provide instruction, c) when students graduate they need jobs, d) pick up and safely dispose of thrash, e)fund police force, f) design, build and maintain roads, g)deliver reliable potable water supply, h) deliver wastewater services, i) provide power and telecommunications services, j) provide social services, etc. These are some of the services that voters demand and legislators are expected to deliver. Though new legislators may be learning on the job, the electorate expect them to deliver on the overpromises made during the campaign. We need to come up with opportunities for properly preparing the next generations of political leaders, ie, Village/District Councils, etc.
    • RealPol (15/03/2023, 13:36) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      @PO, top of afternoon to you, real talk. You laid out the realities.
  • pure confuzion (14/03/2023, 13:50) Like (6) Dislike (5) Reply
    2 of them on their own is pure really have people who think higher than themselves than they ought. Its just 2 woman who cant manage their owna life and want to pull some muscle. care about who?

    none of the parties want them anyway,
    • Really??? (14/03/2023, 15:09) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply

      Parties what??? The one that split into two or the one that thief all the money for the last 4 years. I wouldn't join any of those "parties" at all. It's time for independent thinkers. Best of luck to both of them - anything is better than this sh** show we have had for over a decade.

  • The only chance (14/03/2023, 14:16) Like (1) Dislike (3) Reply
    These ladies have is to come together and form a party by someone like Lorna or the former speaker. We the ieople are looking for leadership. Marlon, Skelton, slowman don't possess it. I will nut mention Frazier he going senile. Any female with leadership can take this election. We voted vip hast election and only Andrew had experience We can do it again.adied this is your chance the territory is begging for keadership. I really wish that miss Webster would run.
  • lol (14/03/2023, 15:23) Like (1) Dislike (4) Reply
    DOA. No party no vote.
  • asking from Rock (14/03/2023, 15:26) Like (2) Dislike (5) Reply
    To the British Virgin Islands candidates, please don't forget us down in Rock. When youall coming down here and Cruz Bay to campaign and let us hear what you bringing to the house. We also want to know what ferry youall having for election morning so we could come up, vote and get some good goat water. Don't forget we are belongers too
  • Election Spoilers. (14/03/2023, 16:03) Like (7) Dislike (3) Reply
    All these independents are nothing but election spoilers, they are not going to win, but the 25 -30 votes each one takes away from NDP or PVIM means its an easy part for VIP. I had VIP winning 5 seats, now with all these spoilers VIP may just end up with 7 or 8 seats
  • Undercover Observer (14/03/2023, 16:28) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Running as an independent candidate is at best a long, long shot, a big gamble. True, a winning independent candidate can hold the trump card in a close election, becoming the king or queen maker in forming the government, leveraging their vote. It is a long shot. In any event, the party system is integral to Westminister style of government. Parties organize to win election, operate/run government, and influence public policies. In power, a party has the numbers to pass any piece of legislation with members having the advantage of being able to easily get assistance alloyed for their districts/areas. Opposition and independent members often get a disproportionate allotment of resources for their districts or areas. Running independent is flying solo with little influence, ie, having no wing man. It is a choice that comes with a huge cost for some constituents.
  • tola (14/03/2023, 16:38) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
    That scatliffe lady she feel like she better than people. That vanterpool woman she does scorn people. I dont dig none of them.
  • musa (14/03/2023, 17:53) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    Great news
  • Hmmn (14/03/2023, 18:40) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    Ms.Scatliffe you think she better than anybody and hardly talk to people????
    Come on man.
  • Things to talk (14/03/2023, 19:50) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Policy gone to the dogs big time OMG what are we gonna tell our grandchildren when we mess things up for them?
  • Samuels (14/03/2023, 20:41) Like (6) Dislike (2) Reply
    All the best on your venture Ms Vanterpool
  • lord send help (14/03/2023, 21:36) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    I'm glad that so many people are willing to stand for this territory but Rosie needs to take several seats because her elevator doesn't go all the way up.
  • HELP! (14/03/2023, 22:26) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    When wverybody lookong a vote, they always seem to dind a suitcase of integrity, honesty and love for country. But then they win and the some devil does come and take it all back. If they lose, you never hear them banging ang banging as voice for the people. Really wish we had another option. Look who we want to put out and look the replacement possibilities. None many I bet are comfortable with what the outcome can be. If some people get in office, their arrogance will be like fever. These people so full of themselves they will ask for blocked road and motorcade when they driving through town. Ayo think we have trouble now? Put them in and we suck salt. Elections right now ain't it
  • Heads up people (15/03/2023, 06:54) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    People of the 4th district, please don't be fool
    Paul on the ball and these two ladies are spoilers, placed there for specific reasons by certain people.
    • VOTER6BVI (15/03/2023, 16:35) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      • ???? (15/03/2023, 17:30) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        Vote6 BVI. Well that his best hope of getting some money to pay his debtors. Wha u think?
  • ???????? (15/03/2023, 15:30) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Oh God help us. See trouble ahead.
    Use recently Elected Women in Nevis fiasco as an example.
    Utter confusion with so much of them in this mix.
    To be honest. Where were these two before now? Should have been hearing from them earlier than now so the people get to know them more. Not just wait until the dissolution of the House of Assembly and jump out here telling people you all running in the upcoming elections. Stop confusing the electorate man. It’s so wrong. Tell the people the truth. Which party are you secretly affiliated with.
    Rosie I know was affiliated with the Lions Club years ago. Then she disappeared. Other than that? A lot of people don’t know them. If what the bloggers a saying are facts, it’s certainly not encouraging.
  • Hmmm hmmm (15/03/2023, 18:40) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    You got to be strong to take the bloggers bitterness. No party can't pay me tp make uall insult and embarrass me so. Nahhh nahhh.

    Uall just go ahead and vote your choicr and stop bringing down the people dem.

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