By Esther Durand, BVI News Staff
Ninth District Representative Dr Hubert O’Neal has named the 2017 disasters and the subsequent closure of major Virgin Gorda resorts as the reasons he lapsed in fulfilling some of his campaign promises during general elections some three years ago.
Following a public meeting on Virgin Gorda this week, Dr O’Neal said he is willing to represent the district for another term and beseeched his constituents for a chance to restore Virgin Gorda to its former glory.
“I want the people to be patient. We will recover. I can see it and we have come a long way since the storms. But I am begging and pleading for some patience while we try to address all these issues,” he said.
“During the [election] campaign in 2015, I campaigned on several projects that I am to deliver. We had the closure of some of our major resorts including Little Dix Bay and the impact that had on our economy in Virgin Gorda. And then the storms have come and made life even more difficult,” he explained.
The Ninth District representative then said it is ‘not easy being an elected official, right now’. But, despite the ‘difficulties’, said he is not daunted.
“I am not giving up. I am going to fight as hard as I can to restore life as we know it on Virgin Gorda,” he promised.
Unfazed by opponents
O’Neal said is grateful for the faith residents in the Ninth District had placed in him back in 2015. He further said he is not worried about his potential political opponents for the upcoming general election, which is constitutionally due in 2019.
The Virgin Islands Party recently selected Sister Islands Programme Coordinator Vincent Wheatley as its candidate who will contest the seat for the Ninth District, which comprises Virgin Gorda and Anegada.
A number of residents of Anegada and Virgin Gorda have labelled Dr O’Neal as an absentee representative and, for some time now, have been calling for better representation.
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