President of the BVI Horse Owners Association Lesmore Smith has joined the Progressive Virgin Islands Movement’s (PVIM) team of candidates who will contest the 2019 General Elections.
Smith will contest the elections as a Territorial At-Large candidate; bringing to totality the four PVIM candidates that will vie for an At-Large seat.
PVIM Chairman Ronnie Skelton announced Smith as a candidate on Tuesday.
“Lesmore is a self-made man,” Skelton said. “He has worked himself from the ground up and Lesmore is someone who I welcome to this team because of his ingenuity and his forthrightness to work hard and accomplish what he wants.”
Under Smith’s leadership, the BVI was able to restore functionality to the Ellis Thomas Downs in Sea Cows Bay and return horseracing to the BVI after being dormant for more than a year after the September 2017 hurricanes. The BVI had its first post-hurricane races on December 26 last year.
In the meantime, the remaining slate of PVIM candidates comprises clergyman Curnal P Fahie, Shaina Smith, and Skelton who are all At-Large contenders.
The party is further fielding sitting legislator Melvin ‘Mitch’ Turnbull to seek re-election in the Second District; taxi operator Karl Scatliffe who will vie for the Fourth District; recently-resigned Commissioner of Customs Wade Smith for the Fifth; and former Deputy Projects Manager in the Ministry of Finance, Jose de Castro, who to contest the Ninth District seat.
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