Arlene Thompson To Replace Fraser With VIP; Dean Fahie For District 8

Melissa Edwards, Senior Journalist | 19 Comments
September 27, 2018 9:37 am AST
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The Opposition Virgin Islands Party (VIP) is moving closer to filling its full slate of district candidates, with two new prospective candidate names being floated.

BVI Platinum News understands that Dr. Alrene Smith-Thompson, former Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Communications and Works and Mr. Dean Fahie, former Deputy Commissioner of Customs, are expected to go before the VIP’s Congress this weekend to be ratified.

Smith-Thompson, who recently obtained a Degree of Doctor of Education, is reportedly eyeing the Third District, a district held down by Hon. Julian Fraser since 1999.

Hon. Fraser, who has been with the VIP for decades, parted ways with the party and confirmed that he has since formed his own party, Progressives United (PU).

Many political observers were anxious to see who the VIP would replace Hon. Fraser with.

Mr. Fahie will be contesting the Eighth District. Junior Minister for Trade and Investment Promotion, Hon. Marlon Penn has been the elected Representative for the Eighth District for two consecutive terms.

VIP Congress is set to take place this Saturday, September 29.

After Saturday’s Congress, the party will now have to choose its candidate for the Second District and four At-Large contenders.

So far, the party in July ratified six district candidates - the Director of Culture, Mrs. Luce Hodge-Smith for the 4th District; Commissioner for the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), Mr. Kye Rymer - 5th District; Mr. Vincent Wheatley, the Sister Islands Programme Coordinator attached to the Deputy Governor’s Office - 9th District; member of the Public Service Commission (PSC), Mr. John Samuel - 6th District; H. Lavity Stoutt Community College’s lecturer, Mr.. Natalio ‘Sowande’ Wheatley - 7th District; and Hon. Andrew Fahie - 1st District.

Due to issues arising out of the July announcement, public servant, Mr. Vincent Wheatley has since resigned, Mrs. Hodge-Smith has entered retirement, and Mr. Samuel has been asked to vacate his post at PSC.
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Frazer
Frazer still our man, we don’t want no stray away people in se cows bay. Our rep has been fighting for us all these years : we need fair leadership and a good man. Frazer we with you all the way.
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Foot Soilder
Marlon not going anywhere. Don't fool you fat !! One prson blogging the same ting all the time. Wait till you see Surprises ! surprises
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East
East needs a lot of attention. Place mucky! I hate driving from the airport when arriving home from travels. You get that sudden feeling .. of “ wow this place really is dirty”. It puts a bad picture picture in your head . I do not like the idea of going through stt and taking the ferry home.. I prefer flying into beef island... but these days I prefer the ferry because when I arrive home I feel a little better than when I do driving through East End. I feel a little more sense of Paradise.
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Willock ain’t getting my vote either! Nor is anyone in my family will be voting for him. Loving all the other candidates thus far.
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Mango
Two great conditdates....8 is very unhappy with NDP. Marlon may have to pay.. District 3 need a more diplomatic team player in their corner...these 2districts are in play and up for grabs
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Time Will Tell
I’m not sure about the 8th being in play. Despite the displeasure with NDP but Smurf is going to be ok. The 3rd is too close to call.
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VI 2 De Bone
8 is unhappy you say? Our residents too nasty. The more cleanup is done anywhere or the more they get they just mash up or dirty up. We need to love our community too. When we got the fully paved road after they dug up for the sewerage, did you come out to cut a branch or leaf. After Hurricane did you come out to move any of the shrubs? How about your own yard? The park and Greenland field were all vandalized after being fixed and updated. What did you help do?
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The Bay
Arlene you have my support 💯 X
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Awesome!
Awesome News! She would be a Good candidate for the Minister of Education and Culture! Very Humble lady and i admire her for that!
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Nice
These are some good moves by VIP. The VIP continues to impress how they are rebuilding. They are truly the party for the people.
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@ Nice
Not with Julian Willock on their ticket! VIP can't get me or my family vote with he running at large.
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Sea Cow'S Bay
I will now be voting for this lady. Enough of being brain washed by ......
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Impressed
Good moves VIP.
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THIIRD DISTRICT
Arlene and VIP ALL the way
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Outsider
2nd district, give here a chance to keep hightening up our education level in the BVI. She has 1st hand experience from teaching at ESHS and in the Education ministry. More power to her!!
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Bee
Who are you speaking about ?
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3 District Youngadult
I love Julian as our 3rd district representative... he always have the boys on the side doing cleanups..place always clean... he tries his very best as a backbencher to still meet our needs.. i love arlene dearly but i hope if this is true she not only fills julian's shoes but continue to raise the bar higher .... we never see OJ other than election time so he will never get in because he could never be present enough to even win our hearts
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To 3rd District Young Adult
The problems in the 3rd District & the BVI has gone pass those things you named. They are needed but what we in the 3rd District need now is someone who can work with others for the best for the Territory. That's why I am switching from Fraser & voting for Arlene. I wish her the best.
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3 District Youngadult
To: To 3rd District Young Adult So we are both on the same side... thanks for your additional excerpt
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