While noting that he has a strong team of candidates going into the upcoming General Election, VIP Chairman Andrew Fahie has rubbished claims that he has gotten the candidates he was secretly hoping for.
Fahie dismissed those assertions on Saturday after the party Congress selected Sharie DeCastro, Carvin Malone, Shereen Flax, and Neville Smith as the four At-Large VIP candidates for the elections, which must happen by April 16, 2019
“You have some persons who are WhatsApping telling me ‘you have the team that you wanted’. I think that’s so disrespectful. But, it’s their opinion. I didn’t get any team I wanted. We had a process. I didn’t have a hand in it. I didn’t influence anybody who voted. All of them had to go to the districts and they had to go and campaign. They had to say what are they going to do to help get the Virgin Islands better — how they are going to help the people become more empowered,” Fahie said.
He further said, though his team is united, it comprises persons who are independent thinkers.
“We did not assemble a team of friends and family so that they could just be yes-persons. We assembled a team out of the bowels of the people of the nine districts [who] have come together and said, based on our voting, these (candidates) are what we want to go forward.”
Other VIP members who vied to become an At-Large candidate for the VIP include radio talk show host Claude Skelton Cline, author Mitzy Simpson, former legislator Irene Penn-O’Neal, media owner Julian Willock, and former VIP candidate Elton Sprauve.
While each of the unsuccessful contenders did not get very much votes from Congress, Willock only lost his bid to run for the VIP by four votes.
In the meantime, the results for the successful VIP At-Large contenders are as follows: DeCastro — 51, Flax — 44, Smith — 58, and Malone — 58.
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