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'Whether I run or not, we have a 5-year plan' for D3- Willock

Former House Speaker, Julian Willock has dispelled rumours that heightened community activities in the District 3 area with Kisma P. Forbes is because he is allegedly running for office. Photo: VINO/File
Mr Willock was at the time appearing as a guest of the March 25, 2024, edition of the Talking points radio show on ZBVI 780am. Photo: Facebook
Mr Willock was at the time appearing as a guest of the March 25, 2024, edition of the Talking points radio show on ZBVI 780am. Photo: Facebook
BAUGHERS BAY, Tortola, VI – Former Speaker of the Virgin Islands House of Assembly (HoA) Julian Willock has dispelled rumours that heightened community activities in the Third District with Kishma P. Forbes are because he is running for office.

Mr Willock was at the time appearing as a guest on the Talking Points radio show on ZBVI 780 AM on March 25, 2024. 

“The fact of the matter is, [regarding] my record in my community of District Three, I have been in my community for years… whether it's jobs for people in my community, whether it’s being at the District Representative's side doing things like I was the chair of the Ellis Thomas Downs, the chair of the Roger Hodge Park,” Mr Willock said. 

“I have been there, whether it's sports activities, you name it, I have been there. Maybe I wasn’t out in the public broadcasting, but some of these initiatives that we’ve doing, obviously, we have to broadcast them, we have to promote them,” he said.

When asked if he has plans to run for elections, Mr Willock said an announcement will come at the appropriate time if he decides to throw his hat in the political ring.

People have no time for politics right now - Willock 

“The reality on the ground is that people are hurting… they aint got no time to hear about no politics, about who is running, when they get up tomorrow morning and there’s no water to take a bath. You can’t tell me Julian Willock running,” he said while adding that there are legitimate priority areas to look at.

Willock added that more projects to come include the building of a structure for the D3 food pantry, as part of a consistent approach to doing more for the people of the VI. 

“I can easily debunk the speculation… that I’m only doing this because [of political reasons]. I have been in my community. I have served on two occasions on the BVI Horse Owners Association,” he added.

Willock also said he believes it is only a minority, about less than 5 persons, who have been critical of his positive activities in the Third District.

13 Responses to “'Whether I run or not, we have a 5-year plan' for D3- Willock”

  • ccc (26/03/2024, 12:39) Like (3) Dislike (31) Reply
    You better run as we need you!
  • Get the Marina graveyard (26/03/2024, 13:42) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
    sorted out for Christ's Sake! SCB has been looking at this unacceptable mess for 6 years. Cant imagine how the Simmonds have accepted this for so long.
  • ... (26/03/2024, 14:06) Like (6) Dislike (2) Reply
    Wondering why they collect trash in the early afternoon? They just stop in the road and collect the trash baking traffic up along the roads. Mr Willock please do something about this. In any other city in the world the trash would have been collected at 5 am before the traffic starts.
  • lol (26/03/2024, 14:06) Like (2) Dislike (9) Reply
    Proud of you Julian. In spite of everything you still stand
  • ... (26/03/2024, 14:22) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Thats how its supposed to be. Whatever your politics and we can all agree.
  • Sly (26/03/2024, 14:36) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    but talk On the street Is contrary , and we all know know you ain't going to walk ( a GUILTy conscience needs no accuser
  • William Shakespeare (26/03/2024, 14:52) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    will he run on Fraser Political Party or political at large via Virgin Islands Party
  • hog city (26/03/2024, 15:53) Like (1) Dislike (6) Reply
    Willock working we lock with him
  • Channel 11 (26/03/2024, 16:01) Like (0) Dislike (4) Reply
    Kishma P Forbes for District 3.
  • SCB (26/03/2024, 16:05) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Don’t know who deserves the credit - But Husky Salvage just now towed away the wrecked sailboat from the bottom of the Elevator Road.

    That’s a great start to cleaning up SCB.

    Now the rest of the wrecks and MOST IMPORTANTLY the sewage outfall at Slaney!!!!
    • @SCB (27/03/2024, 14:14) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      @SCB, is anyone fishing downstream of the raw sewage out fall at Slaney and eating the fish and seafood harvested.? Is Environmental test the seafood catch downstream of the Slaney outfall?
  • Regardless (26/03/2024, 17:30) Like (9) Dislike (1) Reply
    We need more community minded individuals like him in the other districts. Halos to Mr. Gumption as well because he does his part in the ninth too.
  • GateKeeper (27/03/2024, 09:48) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Prior to the April 24, 2023 General Election , Edward Leonard had a commentary about political campaigning on this site. What I took away from the commentary is that a political campaign should begin, the foundation laid, etc well before the election date is announced. As such Willock is doing the preparatory work and it is his choice whether he wants to run or not run. Clearly, Willock is filling a void, doing things the District 3 community needs. Here is a news flash, ie, meeting a District need(s) is not solely the province of a district rep; it can also be met by community-minded individuals, organizations, agencies, etc. The electorate must get and stay engaged after Election Day, holding elected and appointed members feet to the fire.

    The electorate have been negligent, sleep at the wheel, letting elected members become ROAD( Retired on Active Duty ) scholars. Some of the reluctance is driven by a political patronage, dependency, culture. Self interest let us look the other way, when under-, poor- performance, etc steers us in the face. We need to stop putting self-interest over public interest.

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