BVI, Caribbeanand International News

Not a popularity contest! Former First Lady confirms candidacy

Not a popularity contest! Former First Lady confirms candidacy

Former First Lady Lorna Smith pointed to her competence and experience as options for voters to consider at the next elections, confirming in the process that she intends to be a candidate for elected office.
“About two weeks ago, I was asked, in fact, I was told that the story was going to be printed and I said then that I was seriously considering, and today I can tell you that I have made my decision that I will contest the elections, as I said, as an At-Large candidate,” Smith said on JTV’s The Big Story.

When asked what qualifies her to be a candidate, Smith said she is skilled in negotiations and has worked for several leaders of the territory, including former Chief Minister H. Lavity Stoutt and her husband and former Premier Dr D Orlando Smith.

“My mission as a professional has always been to make sure that the territory of the British Virgin Islands got the best — I’m running to fulfil that mission,” she shared.

She alluded to global issues that impact the BVI, such as the Ukraine war and said the territory needs to continue to be a global competitor.

She also pointed to her international experience and noted that she had been instrumental in establishing both the BVI’s Hong Kong and London Offices.

Smith said she is also passionate about education, infrastructure and climate change, among other things and said these were important areas that need to be looked at.

I never ran the country

Meanwhile, the former First Lady dismissed suggestions that she was the proverbial ‘power behind the throne’ while her husband served as leader of the territory for three four-year terms and said she learned a lot from him.

“I learned a lot from Dr Smith, the premier. I learned to listen to as many people in the community as possible because part of communications, in fact, probably the most important part of communications is listening,” Smith said.

“Nothing could be further from the truth,” Smith said about the allegations. “In fact, I’m very proud, as I said of my husband… he is one of the most brilliant persons in the British Virgin Islands.”

While admitting to sharing her opinions like anyone else in the territory, Smith said her husband, at the end of the day, has a very fine mind and makes his own decisions.

“We need experience and we need strength to guide the BVI into the future. We’re not running a popularity contest,” Smith said. “We can’t afford it. So it is not about who is better liked, it’s about who you trust and who is more competent. I consider myself to be trustworthy and to be competent.”

Related Articles

UK: Humza Yousaf replaces Nicola Sturgeon as SNP leader and first minister in Scotland
In a dramatic U-turn against His Government: Judicial Reform Legislation Must Be Halted, Says Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant
Gordon Moore, a co-founder of Intel Corporation, died at 94
Powell: Silicon Valley Bank was an 'outlier'
Donald Trump arrested – Twitter goes wild with doctored pictures
NYPD is setting up barricades outside Manhattan Criminal Court ahead of Trump arrest.
Credit Suisse's Scandalous History Resulted in an Obvious Collapse - It's time for regulators who fail to do their job to be held accountable and serve as an example by being behind bars.
Home Secretary Suella Braverman tours potential migrant housing in Rwanda as asylum deal remains mired in legal challenges
Paris Rioting vs Macron anti democratic law
'Sexual Fantasy' Assignment At US School Outrages Parents
Credit Suisse to borrow $54 billion from Swiss central bank
Russian Hackers Preparing New Cyber Assault Against Ukraine
Jeremy Hunt insists his Budget will get young parents and over-50s back into work
If this was in Tehran, Moscow or Hong Kong
TRUMP: "Standing before you today, I am the only candidate who can make this promise: I will prevent World War III."
Mexican President Claims Mexico is Safer than the U.S.
A brief banking situation report
Lady bites police officer and gets instantly reaction
We are witnessing widespread bank fails and the president just gave a 5 min speech then walked off camera.
Donald Trump's asked by Tucker Carlson question on if the U.S. should support regime change in Russia?.
Silicon Valley Bank exec was Lehman Brothers CFO
In a potential last-ditch effort, HSBC is considering a rescue deal to save Silicon Valley Bank UK from insolvency
BBC Director General, Tim Davie, has apologized, but not resigned, yet, following the disruption of sports programmes over the weekend
Elon Musk Is Planning To Build A Town In Texas For His Employees
The Silicon Valley Bank’s collapse effect is spreading around the world, affecting startup companies across the globe
City officials in Berlin announced on Thursday that all swimmers at public pools will soon be allowed to swim topless
Fitness scam
Market Chaos as USDC Loses Peg to USD after $3.3 Billion Reserves Held by Silicon Valley Bank Closed.
Senator Tom Cotton: If the Mexican Government Won’t Stop Cartels from Killing Americans, Then U.S. Government Should
Banking regulators close SVB, the largest bank failure since the financial crisis
The unelected UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, an immigrant himself, defends new controversial crackdown on illegal migration
Man’s penis amputated by mistake after he’s wrongly diagnosed with a tumour
In a major snub to Downing Street's Silicon Valley dreams, UK chip giant Arm has dealt a serious blow to the government's economic strategy by opting for a US listing
It's the question on everyone's lips: could a four-day workweek be the future of employment?
Is Gold the Ultimate Safe Haven Asset in Times of Uncertainty?
Spain officials quit over trains that were too wide for tunnels...
Don Lemon, a CNN anchor, has provided a list of five areas that he believes the black community needs to address.
Hello. Here is our news digest from London.
Corruption and Influence Buying Uncovered in International Mainstream Media: Investigation Reveals Growing Disinformation Mercenaries
Givenchy Store in New York Robbed of $50,000 in Merchandise
European MP Clare Daly condemns US attack on Nord Stream
Former U.S. President Carter will spend his remaining time at home and receive hospice care instead of medication
Tucker Carlson called Trump a 'demonic force'
US Joins 15 NATO Nations in Largest Space Data Collection Initiative in History
White House: No ETs over the United States
U.S. Jet Shoots Down Flying Object Over Canada
Being a Tiktoker might be expensive…
SpaceX, the private space exploration company, made a significant breakthrough in their mission to reach space.
China's top tech firms, including Alibaba, Tencent, Baidu, NetEase, and JD.com, are developing their own versions of Open AI's AI-powered chatbot, ChatGPT
This shocking picture, showing how terrible is the results of the earthquake in Turkey