Echoing the statement by Julio S. Henry aka ‘Sam’ that the Ninth District is “green district”, incumbent Representative and former Minister for Natural Resources and Labour Hon Vincent O. Wheatley has said he has been assured by the people of the Ninth District they will be giving the Virgin Islands Party (VIP) a second chance in office.
Hon Wheatley made the disclosure at the official campaign launch of Premier and Minister of Finance Dr the Honourable Natalio D. Wheatley in the Seventh District last night, Tuesday, April 4, 2023.
“And they four years ago saw it fit to put their confidence in me and Team VIP.
“It has been a very challenging four years but Premier they have assured me that they fully understand that we didn’t get to accomplish all that we wanted to do because of various circumstances,” Hon Wheatley stated at the Stickit in Long Look.
The incumbent is being challenged for the D9 seat by National Democratic Party (NDP) candidate Coy W. Levons and Progressive Virgin Islands Movement (PVIM) candidate Hon Shereen D. Flax-Charles, an At Large Representative who defected from the VIP and is now an opponent of Hon Wheatley.
The Virgin Islands Party (VIP) is the
only party with a full slate of 13 candidates, ahead of the 2023 General
Elections on April 24, 2023.
‘Don’t mind the noise’
“And they have assured me that they will give VIP, not might, that they will give VIP a second chance.
“From Anegada, Valley, North Sound, they have said to me ‘don’t mind the noise, we get it, we understand it, we know what you went through’, they said to me ‘it would be unfair to stop this now, what you have started. You didn’t get a good run, but we will give you a second chance’, but Premier we have work to do.
“They have said to me, we have work to do and that we are prepared to do.”
Hon Wheatley, in endorsing Premier Wheatley, said the incumbent D7 Representative has been tried and tested and has proven himself as a leader and deserves a second chance.
Premier Wheatley is being challenged in D7 by former Water and Sewerage boss Perline R. Scatliffe-Leonard.