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Troy E. Christopher eying a run for D2 seat

- says no decision yet on whether to run as Independent or Party candidate
Word reaching our newsroom from well-placed sources is that Mr Troy E. Christopher, the son of the late legislator Deloris Christopher, will make a run for the Second District seat in the 2023 general elections. Photo: VINO/File
The incumbent Representative for the Second District is Minister for Natural Resources and Labour Hon Melvin M. Turnbull. Hon Turnbull of the Progressive Virgin Islands Movement (PVIM) is seeking a third term, having been first elected in 2015. Photo: YouTube/File
The incumbent Representative for the Second District is Minister for Natural Resources and Labour Hon Melvin M. Turnbull. Hon Turnbull of the Progressive Virgin Islands Movement (PVIM) is seeking a third term, having been first elected in 2015. Photo: YouTube/File
Mr Troy E. Christopher, right, is the son of the late legislator Deloris Christopher, left. Photo: Japhix/Facebook
Mr Troy E. Christopher, right, is the son of the late legislator Deloris Christopher, left. Photo: Japhix/Facebook
BREWERS BAY, Tortola, VI- Mr Troy E. Christopher, the son of the late legislator Deloris Christopher, will make a run for the Second District seat in the 2023 general elections.

Mr Christopher, a former partner in Japhix TV, is a local businessman and political activist.

Speaking to our newsroom today, March 9, 2023, Mr Christopher confirmed he is a candidate for the Second District but discussions with his Committee and his supporters need to be had on whether he will contest as an Independent candidate or join a political party.

Mr Christopher said many persons seem to be in favour of him running as an Independent candidate; however, political parties have also expressed an interest in him running on their slate.

The D2 candidate was last registered with the National Democratic Party (NDP) as a member.

Independent or not, Mr Christopher will be coming up against incumbent Minister for Natural Resources and Labour Hon Melvin M. Turnbull (R2). Hon Turnbull of the Progressive Virgin Islands Movement (PVIM) is seeking a third term, having been first elected in 2015.

Is running as an Independent wise?

The last time an Independent candidate won an election in the Virgin Islands was Mr Troy E. Christopher’s uncle J. Alvin Christopher, who won in 1995 as an Independent but then joined the Virgin Islands Party. Since then no other person has won an election as an Independent candidate.

Chad C. George in District 1, Perline R. Scatliffe-Leonard in District 7 and Lesmore Smith (At-Large) are the declared Independent candidates so far.

50 Responses to “Troy E. Christopher eying a run for D2 seat”

  • my2cents (09/03/2023, 13:24) Like (43) Dislike (2) Reply
    I can respect this move.
  • District 2 (09/03/2023, 13:38) Like (46) Dislike (3) Reply
    LETS GO!!!!
  • Bring it on (09/03/2023, 13:48) Like (7) Dislike (48) Reply
  • Tis Best (09/03/2023, 14:01) Like (10) Dislike (25) Reply
    I think it would be beneficial for this candidate to align himself with a party. He may get more support than running under the independent status.
    • Outlaw (09/03/2023, 18:16) Like (5) Dislike (3) Reply
      @Tis Best. I’m in total agreement with you. Generally independent candidates do not make an impact. I think the wise choice for him is to associate himself with a political party
  • ccc (09/03/2023, 14:02) Like (22) Dislike (31) Reply
    Boss go with vip or else you dead
  • HMMM (09/03/2023, 14:11) Like (11) Dislike (52) Reply
    I'm sticking with Mitch.
  • Dead duck! (09/03/2023, 14:11) Like (2) Dislike (32) Reply
    Why is this dude running in D2? He lives in D5 wher his mother {god rest her soul} controlled for 2 terms. His chances are better there in D5.
    • Citizen (09/03/2023, 14:48) Like (28) Dislike (2) Reply
      You don't even know him, he lives in the second district, he is the son of Robert Christopher and Delores Christopher (may her soul rest in peace). The Christophers are from Mt. Healthy. The mill at Mt. Healthy had belong to his grandparents before they gave it to the government.
    • Well (09/03/2023, 15:03) Like (8) Dislike (1) Reply
      You are very wrong. He lives in the 2nd and so did his mom.
      • Butttttt (09/03/2023, 15:53) Like (3) Dislike (4) Reply
        • if you didnt know (09/03/2023, 20:08) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
          it doesn't matter where you live. it's a matter where your are registered to vote. Can live east end for years for year still registered and vote in the 1st. And also, once done before election deadlines for registration of first time voters and amendments to one's voting district. One easily change their location of voting unaware to others.

          many of you bloggers don't even properly think about things before you come on and comment.
  • District 2 voter (09/03/2023, 14:13) Like (55) Dislike (5) Reply
    I always voted for Miitch but Troy has my vote. I am tired of the arrogance and untruthful behavior of Mitch. He thinks he is unbeatable and trys to intimidate anyone that challenges him.
  • Youth (09/03/2023, 14:15) Like (19) Dislike (4) Reply
    I usually do not support independent candidates but it says a lot that he did not join the NDP so for that alone he has my vote. He is a true patriot and what the BVI needs now.
  • Hmm (09/03/2023, 14:16) Like (7) Dislike (3) Reply
    Contesting elections as an Independent knowing full well how the voting population here operates is just a waste of time, yours and the people. If you win as an independent and you want to get work done you still have to 'pick a side' so to speak. Until our system of Government changes, there's no such thing as 'Independent'.
    • Josiahsbay (09/03/2023, 19:03) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      If there are enough independents they can possibly sway votes one way or the other way.
  • Advice (09/03/2023, 14:17) Like (19) Dislike (9) Reply
    Do not forget how bad the NDP treated your mother and how they lied to her on many issues while they were giving away the country to their rich UK friends especially after Irma. Stay far from the NDP.
    • More adivce (09/03/2023, 16:55) Like (3) Dislike (2) Reply
      at the same time do not do or say the racist things your mother did.
  • Suicide mission (09/03/2023, 14:18) Like (3) Dislike (31) Reply
    Boy go run gainst Kye...He easier to beat than Mitch
    • red man (09/03/2023, 15:22) Like (3) Dislike (4) Reply
      Not even in he dreams he can beat Coy. And I will not pretend to be too cocky. He will get so much licks on election night. He will be feeling pain for years to come. Food for thoughts… come the watch house tomorrow night for a free drink I will give one so you can stop smoke what you’re on.
  • d2 (09/03/2023, 14:19) Like (6) Dislike (8) Reply
    Troy is no J. Alvin Christopher for sure and as VINO stated independent candidates have not won an election over the years. Not saying it isn’t possible. Dancia ran twice as an independent candidate and lost. Plus if VIP and NDP put a candidate in the race it will be an easy win for Mitch. The HOA is dissolving in a few days. The question is when is Election Day? Will he have enough time as a newcomer to convince the voters why they should vote for him and not Mitch. Troy will have a lot of convincing the people why they should vote for him instead of Mitch. If the second district vote for Troy what can he do for the people as he is a one man show and seven is needed to form the government. Waiting for some answers.
  • Voting for Troy (09/03/2023, 14:22) Like (48) Dislike (8) Reply
    I have found Mitch to be a guy that is power hungry and would do anything and say anything to get power. He has a track record of trying to destroy persons with gossip and call it facts and he is always portraying himself as the victim. Enough of him as far as I am concern. MY FAMILY & I WILL BE VOTING FOR TROY THIS TIME.
  • Who the Cap Fit (09/03/2023, 14:27) Like (3) Dislike (5) Reply
    When I see reputable people aligned with you I may consider giving you an X. Go get some lessons from your uncle on who you surround yourself with. Politics is not a game.
  • JVD (09/03/2023, 14:33) Like (9) Dislike (7) Reply
    Troy that miserable woman that you bring JVD the other day is one to not have around you if you expect to win. Her voice is so annoying and hatred is spewing out her ears, nose and mouth.
    • HMMM (09/03/2023, 15:11) Like (2) Dislike (7) Reply
      Must be his Vincentian W--e!
      • Citizen (09/03/2023, 15:18) Like (10) Dislike (5) Reply
        You are just jealous of his beautiful wife.
      • @Hmmmmm (09/03/2023, 15:47) Like (11) Dislike (3) Reply
        What does her nationality has to with anything? Why you people always quick to jump on people's personal life. Are you even sure who the person is making reference to? Wow, just wow
  • IJS (09/03/2023, 14:41) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    I thought the school children say he was coming with VIP? Now it could be independent or maybe NDP. Independent candidates to date: Perline, Lesmore, Chad and you adding your name to that list? ????
  • for the love of God (09/03/2023, 14:42) Like (0) Dislike (9) Reply
    Go NDP and you got 3 votes.
  • ok (09/03/2023, 14:44) Like (33) Dislike (2) Reply
    This is great news. We need change in the 2nd District. Time to Ditch Mitch !
  • Nooooooo (09/03/2023, 14:48) Like (2) Dislike (9) Reply
    Not because we ready to ditch Mitch we settling for this one man show. Noooooooo!
  • Don't be fooled (09/03/2023, 14:58) Like (19) Dislike (2) Reply
    When the people of the second district and the people of the BVI find out that Mitch is giving one impression to the public that he is fighting for them but has sold us all out to UK behind the scenes even with secret meetings, we all will be stunned. The guy has loss his way.
    • Street Reporter. . (09/03/2023, 15:23) Like (12) Dislike (11) Reply
      Stay away Troy. I like you a lot, I don't trust you around money and with power...
      • @Street Reporter (09/03/2023, 15:57) Like (8) Dislike (1) Reply
        Well, if you are going there then do not leave out your current representative and what he did with family and his district vote and any other money or government projects he was involved in. Who you think is a saint may very well not be.
      • True (09/03/2023, 16:08) Like (10) Dislike (1) Reply
        We all know them desperate for money.
  • Butttttt (09/03/2023, 15:24) Like (2) Dislike (8) Reply
    Did't he build a house east end and living there now, how he running in the second...... LOOK AHHH THINGGGGGGGG
  • Reality check (09/03/2023, 15:29) Like (22) Dislike (1) Reply
    I hope he understands how frustrated we landowners in District 2 are with our current representative and his indifference to our problems. To win he needs to BE our rep first and foremost; should he become a minister we must remain his first priority.
    I have a lot of respect for his uncle and hope Troy will be as open to dialog as Alvin.
    • CGB To The World (09/03/2023, 16:40) Like (1) Dislike (5) Reply
      He dead like is uncle. He was in there for 20 plus and nothing
  • New Slogan (09/03/2023, 15:39) Like (30) Dislike (1) Reply
    Ditch Mitch
  • Locally made (09/03/2023, 15:49) Like (15) Dislike (1) Reply
    Troy you certainly have my vote. You are a good man
  • Rick (09/03/2023, 16:40) Like (12) Dislike (1) Reply
    Good race here. Turnbull must stop feeling that he is invincible.
  • asking for a friend (09/03/2023, 17:01) Like (9) Dislike (1) Reply
    Can the voters of District 2 find out what all Mitch did with his District allocation funds and the extra $300 thousand he received from the VIP Government during covid to help his people? Just asking for a friend. Also, can that be audited.
  • 2023 (09/03/2023, 17:08) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    2023 elections will be fun and some folks may take in and need respiratory assistance
  • @BUTTTT (09/03/2023, 18:16) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    Troy's naval string buried under a mango tree in Brewer's Bay.

    Also, isn't Lorna running as an independent?
  • herbs power (10/03/2023, 06:13) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Put the beating on him Troy. beat the brakes off him.
  • musa (11/03/2023, 21:02) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Ndp all the way that is bvi best hope
  • for real (13/03/2023, 17:54) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    @2023 You are so right they must make sure the ambulances are working to deliver the respiratory assistance after the election.

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