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

Melissa Edwards, Senior Journalist
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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