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Kevin ‘OJ’ Smith calls for unity in the Third District

In delivering a 40-minute presentation where he rolled out his plans for the development of the Third District, electoral candidate on the NDP slate Mr Kevin ‘OJ’ Smith called on the people of the district to unite as one people. Photo: VINO
The three At Large candidates on the NDP list for the 2015 General Election. From left: Hon Archibald C. Christian, Hon Ronnie W. Skelton and Hon Myron V. Walwyn. Photo: VINO
The three At Large candidates on the NDP list for the 2015 General Election. From left: Hon Archibald C. Christian, Hon Ronnie W. Skelton and Hon Myron V. Walwyn. Photo: VINO
These two lads enthralled the audience with their singing of the Territorial Song. Photo: VINO
These two lads enthralled the audience with their singing of the Territorial Song. Photo: VINO
Premier and Minister of Finance Dr The Honourable D. Orlando Smith told the people of the Third District that he has every confidence in Kevin 'OJ' Smith to deliver on his promises if elected. Photo: VINO
Premier and Minister of Finance Dr The Honourable D. Orlando Smith told the people of the Third District that he has every confidence in Kevin 'OJ' Smith to deliver on his promises if elected. Photo: VINO
Section of the audience at the launch of Kevin 'OJ' Smith's campaign in the Third District on May 15, 2015. Photo: VINO
Section of the audience at the launch of Kevin 'OJ' Smith's campaign in the Third District on May 15, 2015. Photo: VINO
SEA COWS BAY, Tortola, VI – In delivering a forty minute presentation where he rolled out his plans for the development of the Third District electoral candidate on the NDP slate, Mr Kevin ‘OJ’ Smith told his supporters that they cannot allow themselves to become something that they are not and for them to unite as one people.

“We cannot descend into an environment of division, we may not agree politically, we may not agree on a number of things but it has no call descending into division and destruction,” said Mr Smith.

Smith said he cannot recall a time in the third district community where the people were all one regardless which side of the political bench they stood on. “And when you look at this district a lot of us have a lot of ties to each other. So what sense it makes that you and I fight against each other, that makes no sense. I would never conceive of trying to put mother against sister and sister against brother and father against son and cousin against cousin.”

He told the audience that preserving the integrity of themselves as a people is paramount in the overall development of themselves as individuals and the territory as a whole. “Because a house divided amongst itself can’t stand and if you and I are divided where are we going? Together we achieve far more than we do apart.”

I fighting for you’

‘OJ’ Smith’s speech last night May 15, 2015 was not one that was designed to bring a hype to the people, according to him, but to touch on a number of serious issues he said he deemed critical to the development of the district he is seeking to represent.

He noted that in the very manner he sought to deliver during times he was employed in government in order to have his contract renewed for another period; it is the same way he intends to work for the people of the Third District.

“When I go to fight for you I fighting for you… I am not somebody that is going to go in the House of Assembly and perform the fool with the people’s business. I am going to represent you the way you supposed to be represented that’s what I bring to the table,” said Smith.

Home builder’s programme

The former Post Master General alluded to another issue he said persons are concerned about but which is not unique to the Third District- that of being able to build their own home. “I and these wonderful group of men and women will work on a full time home builders’ programme that would make it easier for persons to build a home. And don’t let nobody tell you we can’t do it because we did it with the small businesses through the loan guarantee programme so we know we can do it.”

He said the Third District has the potential to be far more than it is now. “I want to ensure that we have public facilities for families, years I hearing about a playground. I want to build a playground in the district.”

He also said that the existing sewerage problem that exists in the Slaney area will be dealt with in the first four years of him taking office. “We go deal with it because we want when people come to this district, they coming to a place where they feel comfortable, where they have no issue with doing commerce, no issues with living, we want to put this district back on the right footing.”

76 Responses to “Kevin ‘OJ’ Smith calls for unity in the Third District”

  • ++++ (16/05/2015, 11:01) Like (15) Dislike (0) Reply
    Please no extensive building without building codes and master planning for everyone's benefit. One man's McMansion is another's view blocker and shadow maker.
    • Yes (17/05/2015, 19:00) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      Are you talking about the "Stadium" in Greenland as well?...No? sorry!
      • ++++ (17/05/2015, 22:30) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        possibly. Any poorly planned building can give the same results which affects people's quality of life.
        The stadium seemed too big in the drawings. development like that would benefit from a small 3-D model so people can see how it fits in the community.
  • Well Sah (16/05/2015, 11:05) Like (19) Dislike (7) Reply
    Is that Kishmet in that blue shirt? Fraser nipples got to be dry by now or the NDP bought she out too?
    • kishmet (16/05/2015, 21:49) Like (14) Dislike (16) Reply
      Yes that's me .if he was doin what he suppose to do in the district my whole family wouldn't have end up over the cliff .
      • dem say (17/05/2015, 12:47) Like (17) Dislike (9) Reply
        You are a freeloader and you are finally on the right team. You are a gemmie, gemmie. Stay with OJ and he will hand spoon for the rest of your miserable. Bring a set of children into this world for Farser to feed them like he is their daddy. Grow the hell up and be a responsible citizen!

      • Huh? (17/05/2015, 13:15) Like (41) Dislike (6) Reply
        He caused your whole family to end up over the cliff? Cannot be the same family we know. You cannot have all because there are other people living in the district.
    • @well sah (17/05/2015, 02:58) Like (12) Dislike (3) Reply
      Just because she went to the NDP launching for OJ doesn't mean she's a traitor or is there more to the story? I think some of you can be small minded though.
      • kishmet (17/05/2015, 08:29) Like (9) Dislike (30) Reply
        I will tell my story we will see who is sucking who's breast and who is the real traitor
        • Think clearly (17/05/2015, 19:11) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
          My dear friend who knows will continue to know but the good book teaches us that vengeance is his. Do your do.
    • yes (17/05/2015, 08:17) Like (84) Dislike (9) Reply

      told kishmet lies on lies, and she have to learn the hard way, action speaks louded than word, and the NDP is the right way she turn......BAM BAM!! HELO!

  • ooooo (16/05/2015, 11:09) Like (7) Dislike (5) Reply

    i wonder if he repaid his debt that he incurred by the NDP last election? maybe they wrote it off

  • SCB Massive (16/05/2015, 11:12) Like (38) Dislike (53) Reply
    Ojay boy we are that close to get a premier in sea cow's bay so we cant take no chances with you this time around. WE GOING GREEN - WE VOTING FRASER AND HIS TEAM
  • there he go again (16/05/2015, 11:16) Like (20) Dislike (32) Reply
    Mr Pompous!!!!!
  • VG Realist (16/05/2015, 11:19) Like (41) Dislike (26) Reply
    I listened to this rally and what stood out to me was no mention of his wife and his children but heard about his mother. Regardless of his personal situation, they should have been mentioned when Ms. Dasent introduced him. Just a thought.
    • Ndp husbands (16/05/2015, 12:26) Like (51) Dislike (21) Reply
      Most a them running woman around bunch of hypocrite
    • Why (16/05/2015, 13:46) Like (24) Dislike (27) Reply

      Well if you know he has a personal issue with his... why you have to drag it unto the media??i hope if you have a wife/husband and kids you always embrace and talk about them till you die no matter the circumstances. .furthermore you sound like you have more issues than OJ himself..get a life

    • Truth Sayer (16/05/2015, 15:27) Like (16) Dislike (12) Reply
      To VG Realist

      You are so quick to criticize that you failed to speak truly about what Kevin said or did last evening. I was there and that young man merely mentioned mother and father but spoke more about his maternal grandparents, especially his grandfather Cedro and his paternal grandmother, Zephera Smith. I was proud of the young man's message.
      • VG Realist (16/05/2015, 16:41) Like (14) Dislike (6) Reply

        He had good ideas in his speech but my thing is character goes a long way in public life. I can't vote in that district but I had the last vote, Fraser will be reelected. Call it being critical but he needs to take care of family first. Who it hut it hut!

    • Really (16/05/2015, 23:00) Like (10) Dislike (7) Reply
      @VG Realist Do you know him personally? He is a very nice person and even if his wife and children wasn't mention and they have issues, do you think the best thing is for them to keep out of the media spotlight?Not everyone like their name in mix up..get up off your but and go look work to do and stop being the social hideaway worker..I am sure your family not perfect so instead of bashing get a life if you don't have one better yet beg him one , if he wins
  • xxxxxxxx (16/05/2015, 11:30) Like (38) Dislike (31) Reply
    Sorry we still going with the liberator
  • OJ Fashion (16/05/2015, 11:32) Like (16) Dislike (30) Reply
    That's an ugly tie. Red ain't OJ color.
  • chad (16/05/2015, 11:33) Like (23) Dislike (7) Reply
    Bull Dog did 90% of the government jobs in district 3 so what you're saying, give you a chance to lead us?
  • My-My (16/05/2015, 12:01) Like (27) Dislike (8) Reply
    NDP has two sure winners. .Marlon and Myron-----VIP has two sure winners--Andrew and all out--all the rest are toss-up.., Its an interesting election--the outcome no one can rightfully predicts
    • Yes (16/05/2015, 12:49) Like (19) Dislike (39) Reply
      Lol lol you a idiot. Alvera. Mark. Doc Smith. Pickering. Mitch. Ronnie. Bertie. Delores. Myron. Marlon the rest will determine if people are content or tired of VIP LAZY leaders
      • TJ (16/05/2015, 16:59) Like (17) Dislike (3) Reply
        Please tell me what Delores did in Horse Path and Huntums Gut take a good look at AO Shirley grounds I'm waiting
      • My My (16/05/2015, 18:18) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
        LOL--hahahaha--This is a Horse race--I see you have a lot of Donkeys in it--That`s explain the level of your bias and your reasoning
  • xxxxxxxx (16/05/2015, 12:05) Like (12) Dislike (6) Reply
    Ha ha look at that tractor in the last picture after all Fraser did for she!
  • rewrsdffds (16/05/2015, 12:24) Like (6) Dislike (10) Reply
    Stop that oj name thing the name belong to a murderer and Uncle Tom languishing in a Vegas prison
  • 911 (16/05/2015, 14:20) Like (19) Dislike (9) Reply
    Hard choice to give up a premier for a back bencher
    • wize up (16/05/2015, 16:16) Like (4) Dislike (12) Reply
      911: great point...sea cows bay will replace road as the city because the minister for finance well be from the bay: freedom to spend( finance minister)
    • Don't be fooled (16/05/2015, 16:38) Like (19) Dislike (10) Reply
      The 9th district had a premier for donkey years and what he did for us????? Nada.
      • @Don't be fooled (16/05/2015, 18:57) Like (9) Dislike (4) Reply
        Keep off the former Premier please. He has done a lot but I can agree more could have been done.
  • GTFOH (16/05/2015, 15:27) Like (46) Dislike (8) Reply
    I can't vote for someone that is only involved once every four years. He does not attend or show any interest in any community meetings or activities then just pop up during election season and say that he cares. OJ and Hubert need to learn from Mitch or even Raja. Campaigning shouldnt be just a political gimmick that is used only during election season.
  • ABC (16/05/2015, 15:29) Like (9) Dislike (2) Reply
    This lad has the hull marks of a Budding Fraser. Give him a few years and you wouldn't know the difference. Humility my brother, humility.
  • Voter Of The Third (16/05/2015, 15:43) Like (20) Dislike (11) Reply
    Not my vote OJ! Never will be you.
    • More Than You (16/05/2015, 18:47) Like (8) Dislike (10) Reply
      Please know that the Third District is made of more voters than just you.
  • Back Bencher Competent (16/05/2015, 16:10) Like (9) Dislike (6) Reply

    The back bencher is more competent than the premier. The premier is selling out the country and lying about it. He said there won't be a snap election. What he did? Lies, lies. Enriching himself and all his collegues and their families. Imagine, M>>>>>n give contracts to all his relatives to repair the prison's roofs, even Y>>>>e the drunkard got a contract. What the hell does she know about roofing!

  • hell no more (16/05/2015, 16:14) Like (14) Dislike (21) Reply
    Premier you say hmm.NDP all the way
  • Family Symbol Ya Say (16/05/2015, 16:36) Like (22) Dislike (9) Reply
    The family symbol is a joke for the team. A man that can't handle his household can't handle a district nor territory. they were begging people to clap and cheer. As far as I see.....only Mitch as a newcomer is def. on the move!!! Yall get use to Fraser starting NOW!!!
  • jokers (16/05/2015, 17:05) Like (19) Dislike (5) Reply
  • Ndp hypocrites (16/05/2015, 18:12) Like (10) Dislike (4) Reply
    One word for the Ndp hypocrites and island man the worst of the lot
  • K D (16/05/2015, 18:40) Like (15) Dislike (6) Reply
    • tretretrete (17/05/2015, 00:01) Like (0) Dislike (2) Reply
      Lol tell me whonu see in the ground was a VIP lol
    • oooo (17/05/2015, 00:08) Like (5) Dislike (3) Reply
      Meson she ain't no trator she a full vip she just taking info thats all. U all kno it have people on both side in de camps doing it i kno one lady say she a go vote out ndp and she at every meeting talking shirt she was shock
  • 18+ (16/05/2015, 18:44) Like (13) Dislike (8) Reply
    Vote for vip
  • humble (16/05/2015, 19:56) Like (20) Dislike (6) Reply
    I look forward to a young person leading the 3rd District but OJ was to remain focused in the community and let the people see that he is interested.

    OJ honestly is a great man. Sitting at the __ will not give you the votes.

    I feel Oj is being forced to serve when I know…he wasn’t running and listed his reasons.

    This government only trying to fool of the young candidates but don’t really care for them

    They only want the votes for personal gain.
    Oj clean up your committee people like A.P will cause you to fail because of a bad attitude, Your attitude determines your altitude

    OJ I believe in you but politics isn’t your calling, The church is your home and reconciliation is available.

    Serve God’s people from that point you will be more effective there than a politician.
  • Small (16/05/2015, 20:12) Like (18) Dislike (5) Reply
    OJ you know what happen to you when you run against Fraser and you lost NDP never study you and you gone back with them they only using you because you came close to him the last time and they believe you can beat him this time be careful you don't bite the hands that feel you another example Alvorn Smith they turn their back on him to and who had to help the same Fraser is what put him in a job what he is in now NDP never study him after he had lost to Fraser. So you all calling down Fraser he had help many so you all need to give the man a chance VOTE VIP ALL THE WAY
    • Proud Third District Voter (16/05/2015, 20:48) Like (12) Dislike (16) Reply
      Fraser may have fed some of you and others but he has never had to feed OJ. OJ has always learnt to fish for himself. Remember his two grandfathers were fisherman so was his father and they taught him well. Fraser gets $120,000.00 plus every year to help people in his district. Go and ask him what he does with it. He certainly did not give any of it to OJ and neither did he give him anything else. The records are there and all you have to do is to check them.
      • Oh yeah? (16/05/2015, 22:19) Like (13) Dislike (5) Reply
        Wasn't it Fraser who recommended him for the job at digicel????
        • Truth Sayer (17/05/2015, 08:12) Like (5) Dislike (10) Reply
          Fraser would love to have all of you believe he recommended OJ for the job but that is not so. OJ applied for the job and was interviewed for it. It is because of OJ's skills and professionalism that he landed the job with
          Digicel and did a darn good job making Digicel proud!
  • concerned citizen (16/05/2015, 23:38) Like (8) Dislike (6) Reply
    I think OJ is a decent and godly man who honestly wants to do something for his district, but he is with the wrong group. If you figure this thing out properly, you would see that OJ's vote help got those NDP people at large candidates elected, otherwise they could have all lost the election. So they are just using him. Now the NDP has a history of promoting division in families so that they can get votes. Fraser and VIP are guilty of that same issue. True politicians should be promoting unity in families not dividing them, unity is strength. We need a new set of people who are truly interested in people, not people who sell their people out for money? Get a new group whoever they are!
  • .......... (17/05/2015, 00:05) Like (10) Dislike (5) Reply
    Them rasta cross the floor....ungreatful
  • kids (17/05/2015, 01:20) Like (10) Dislike (4) Reply
    Fraser all the way oj go sit down you never come into the community and talk and you want vote da make sense mr myron talk

    Oj please go sit down.

    Vip all the way five x no spilt
  • liberal (17/05/2015, 05:59) Like (7) Dislike (6) Reply
    The NDP must GO and not a dam other 4 years!!!!
  • VG Realist (17/05/2015, 09:03) Like (12) Dislike (5) Reply
    I seem to got some persons upset about me saying his wife and kids should've been mentioned. Hmmm. The truth is my comments were never intended to be hateful or invoking his immediate family in the media and I did not mentioned his problems even though it is already in the public. My point was that the fact that they weren't mentioned, it seemed that they don't EXIST and that is unacceptable to me since he is an aspiring politician. VINO please post this!
    • @VG Realist (17/05/2015, 10:25) Like (20) Dislike (4) Reply
      I agree with VG Realist 1000%. My perception of how these NDP men have treated their wives is appalling. Sorry but, having strong family values and ethics is high on my list in order to get my vote. To those of you who would say, what that go to do with running a government, I say to you: If you can't lead your own small household, how would you lead a country. If you can't settle conflicts within your family, you will not be able to settle conflicts on a governmental level. In general, the deplorable way these men regard their wives speaks volume about their level of integrity. INTEGRITY MATTERS!
    • vg realist#2 (18/05/2015, 00:28) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
      @Vg Realist why you making it a hot debate ?sooo many things to say but no time for the crap so let me get straight to the point had she mention wife and kids you would of been the same one to criticize so just shut up and go find something of more value to make noise about...he was not the only representative whose wife or kids were not mentioned. Seems like u have something personal against the man,have you listened to all of the different candidates been introduced? Is he the only one whose wife and kids weren't mentioned. .
      • VG Realist (18/05/2015, 06:29) Like (3) Dislike (2) Reply
        I don't know the man personally and I don't have nothing against him. But I see I hit a nerve with some of you people. Once I have made some of you uncomfortable with the issue of his wife and kids not bring mentioned, I have done my job. So I done commenting.
  • aflac (17/05/2015, 09:13) Like (19) Dislike (3) Reply
    NDP talk does not line up with their words. Three and a half long years they left districts 1, 2, 3 and 9 for dead. Mark get up with his big boisterous, bully talk and told the people of JVD they are going to suck salt because they did not vote ndp. The President of the US and all other countries fought for jobs for their people and residents and what does our so call democratic Premier do? Get up and say no jobs are safe which is like saying every man for themselves.
    So we governed ourselves for 3 and a half long years while being taxed like it was a new fashion trend. Every 6 or so months it was new tax with ndp. Never has the country seen such hard times than under the ndp. How quick those traitors and highly comprised people easily seduced by money forget. They display no decency nor integrity but it is not about them this Sunday morning. It is the lying lies and the lying liars who tell them, whose actions do not line up with their words who seek to fool the people again, and again, the ndp that started this post.
    They are coming at the 29th hour trying to tell us that they what, they care? Proper BS. They gave no apology for their arrogance, & uncalled for pompous and now they are raising little rude protégés. That is not how things are done especially in an OT that takes pride in British customs and decorum. And that is the exact clash there. We are used to our nice gentle British demeanor of respect and protocols and then you get Mark and Myron who come from a background of total opposition to our British lineage and thus the chaos, nasty political tactics, gross disrespect, and so forth. We don't want that. Enough of that. Enough is enough.
    We are electing a leader, one who will not punish districts because of their constitutional rights to vote for whomever they choose, whose egos don't need to be fed & massaged and the likes that has nothing to do with governing. That is the starting point for unity. We are not voting ndp.
  • sea cows bay massive (17/05/2015, 09:24) Like (12) Dislike (2) Reply
    the one time he had to beat Fraser was 2011...sorry no more chances
  • Yes (17/05/2015, 15:41) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
    Sorry the time is now cause we want him out
  • kitti (17/05/2015, 18:22) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    Is this Kevin the architect, the designer of many homes,boy I wish you the best I hope you will be a brilliant architect of the BVI economy but I still believe you are not with the right party
  • Running women (18/05/2015, 10:35) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
    I am not voting for no party that disrespects women and children - OJ go jump into Sea Cows Bay Harbor
  • 3rd District Voter (18/05/2015, 12:25) Like (3) Dislike (3) Reply
    OJ you got my vote this time around. I never voted for NDP but you get my vote this time.

    Base on the amount of work I saw done in the 3 years, Myron, Dr Smith, R Skeleton & Mrs O'neal getting the other 4!
  • Yelr@ (19/05/2015, 09:56) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Old lines, old and worn through. As someone mentioned earlier that line almost got you into government and here you are again four years later with the same thing. What is clear is that tweaking a few lines and getting a few shouts is quite entertaining. But this is not a time for poppy show cause that is all the speech was. Where have you been for the past four years? What have you contributed to the 1st since you lost in the last election? Tell us how may young persons in the community have you personally assisted in getting a job or an education? This no show is quite telling. For a person who lost to Mr. Fraser by a meer 50 odd or so votes you would have been advised or observed that it would have been an easier Tash to unseat the incumbent had you stuck to the task of engaging the people in the community and I don't mean your friends. This would have sure kept Mr. Fraser hopping to see you doing your daily, weekly, biweekly, monthly even quarterly. But no you left or absent yourself for three years and coming here with your sorry rhetoric talking about old tired, wornout speeches. Come on maaannnnnn! Who do you think you're fooling.
    • hello (19/05/2015, 13:51) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
      Yelr@ Agreeing with you 100%.... OJ is NOT getting my Vote. so SORRY!
  • Revelation (20/05/2015, 15:44) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Of every district I really think Fraser was there for his people his work should speak for him. It will be interesting to see Sea Cow Bay give up a Premier for a back bencher

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