By Davion Smith, BVI News Staff
Another internal campaign video has emerged in the public domain – this time of first-term legislator Melvin ‘Mitch’ Turnbull throwing his hat in the ring for Vice President of the National Democratic Party (NDP).
Ordinarily, an elected legislator who sits as Vice President of the NDP would be the territory’s Deputy Premier, once the NDP is the governing party.
While soliciting votes from party delegates, Turnbull described himself as a “team player” and a “new generation of leadership”.
“Being a team player does not necessarily mean that I will always be popular. It doesn’t mean I will always go with the decision that is made. It means challenging the decisions, it means looking out for the best interest of our country and our people,” said Turnbull in the 80-second video clip.
He added: “My integrity allows me to stand on principle, to make the decisions that are in the best interest of this country, and our forefathers.”
Skelton confirmed as presidential candidate
Meanwhile, Health Minister Ronnie Skelton has also come out of the proverbial woodwork as a candidate for party president.
And by the seemingly coordinated releases of their campaign posters – which are similar in design and colour schematics – it appears Skelton and Turnbull are running mates for the internal NDP elections slated for June 23.
The health minister is basing his campaign for leadership on the grounds of ‘integrity’ and ‘accountability’ – two characteristics current party president and premier, Dr D Orlando Smith has been accused of lacking.
Just last week, a video was released of Education Minister Myron Walwyn announcing his campaign for President of the NDP.
It is yet to be confirmed whether Premier Smith will vie for re-election as party president. It is also yet to be seen whether Deputy Premier Kedrick Pickering will join the presidential race or whether he will seek to be re-elected as NDP vice president.
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