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Mitsy Ellis-Simpson seeks At-Large candidacy with VIP

Mitsy Ellis-Simpson

Author and businesswoman Mitsy Ellis-Simpson is campaigning to become one of four Territorial At-Large candidates for the Virgin Islands Party (VIP) in the upcoming general election.

Simpson, who is seeking approval from the party’s Congress, made her political intentions public in a six-minute-long campaign video on social media.

Simpson said she is confident she possesses the skills to run At-Large for the party.

“It is important to have a Territorial At-Large candidate who is competent, productive, [and] result-driven … You want a candidate who has our people’s best interest at heart. I Mitsy Ellis-Simpson, I’m that candidate,” she said.

In an address to party Congress members, she added: “I ask for your nomination so together we can move our country forward, move our people forward for a better future unified as one BVI.”

According to Simpson, going into politics was never part of her initial plan. She said as she grew professionally and through her service to others, she was inspired to step into the local political arena to make a difference in the BVI.

Simpson said, if elected, she would seek new ways to increase revenue and lower the territory’s debt burden.

She proposed revenue-generating initiatives such as implementing what she described as an ‘authentic brand programme’ for the tourism industry.

“An economy that is vulnerable, needs good governance. The next general election is about the future of our people versus poor leadership. It is about competence versus popularity, it is about our courage to take that step to create change that is necessary for the prosperity for our country,” she said.

15 vying for VIP Territorial At-Large candidacy

Chairman of the Opposition Virgin Islands Party (VIP) Andrew Fahie said Simpson is one of 15 persons vying to be among the four Territorial At-Large candidates under the VIP banner.

He commended those who are willing to throw their hats in the proverbial political ring to serve their country.

Fahie said the party’s full list of prospective candidates will be in the public’s domain ‘long before the time for the election.’

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  1. Please says:

    Fahie cant announce yet when congress going to meet and choose the four. I guess they working on setting up things making sure that the right people on congress. It is alleged.

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  2. Laura says:

    There is an unprecedented surge of candidates running for office this election, one can only hope that the reasoning behind it is an altruistic one and everyone is legitimately wanting to see a change in policy and make a difference in the lives of each and every constituent residing in the BVI (even if these candidates are few and far between normally).

    All the best to Misty and I hope she is successful(she can bring alot to the discussion table)

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    • Please says:

      It’s no different to previous elections. Also with both major parties undergoing full changes, people are thinking the gate is now opened and this is their chance. This was always expected.

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  3. hmmmm says:

    Sweetie you ran your s—- out of business and expect to tell us how to run a country….plz go sit down

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  4. Smh says:

    Hun you aint even born here or have any f—— —-….stupes

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    • Laura letts says:

      I don’t think you have any knowledge or understanding,first look at your words,people like you need to be educated,I read one of this woman book and you should get yourself one.

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  5. Lord Ahmad says:

    Wow. This election might be one of the most exciting and spectacular race ever. Seems to draw interest from all corners of the country.

    This election represents a changing of the guard as the old goes and the new is installed. Many candidates are popping up for at large, some who have never been or held office.

    Some come with baggage of their own, some have not done enough community service.

    Advice to the chairman, get the best people without turning off voters.

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    • Reader says:

      The little that I know about politics informs me that a person who runs At Large, is a well-known PEOPLE PERSON.

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      • @Reader says:

        Thank you for your interest in this area. Maybe you live abroad, so let me tell you, this candidate is the opposite of the qualities you have noted!

        There is zero consensus for a popular vote in this direction! Writing a book is not enough to claim a mandate from the people!

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        • ATL says:

          She didn’t just write any book blogger. Get a copy and rear read read if you truly love BVI. I have much appreciation and respect toward ms Ellis.

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        • Benson says:

          That girl ready. I listen she good. What popularrr contest you farting. Look the dam country mash up. Get the dam crooks them out!!!!

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  6. smh says:

    arent she a jamdown ?

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  7. Smh says:

    I am convinced more than ever that te VIP is confused. They plotting to go to court to say Myron cannot run and be Premier and he born here. I know Misty. She was born in Jamaica but yet running for a slot with them. Lord send help

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    • @Smh says:

      Is this candidate with VIP? Simply trying to get on the bio team? If the constitution allows her to run, no point arguing whether she borne JA. Obviously she got naturalized!

      But here we go, like Lord Ahmad said, we can’t turn off the voters.

      Did she stay in the country for Irma or went away and come back many months after, when most of the clean up was done.?

      Business woman? Okay what happen to her businesses? Did they hit the tank?

      Her back ground is Finance, I think she studied in China at one point. Still we better as VIP team choose carefully. Last thing you want to do is give a way any competitive edge we might have over NDP.

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      • Creep says:

        Go sit down ndp ndp all over you you you. The young lady has done more than you fake a##.

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        • @Creep says:

          You ain’t seen nothing yet! Think politics is like sitting in a saloon all day? Am now and have always been VIP!

          If your potential candidate got what it takes she must prove it, and she must take hard vigorous criticism from all directions and have the answers. Am not convinced, am I bashing her unduly….:??No!
          Politics is a tuff sport, if you think our concerns are too much tell her to go sit down in another saloon!

          Fact is this ain’t no charity, this is big stakes for the future direction of or beloved country. The book writing stuff is ok, but she has not really been leading any public office or organization. She a new commer. I wish her the best, but she cannot get my vote just on those grounds!!

          I don’t care to vote for friends or faces! Show me the real, past present and future, then we can start.

          In other words it’s going take more than fancy business to get my support.

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          • Jelani says:

            Brilliant mind. She will get my vote.

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          • Harrigan says:

            Miss you supporting the country,whatever you think best for the BVI.she is brave and care about the country.you worrying about stupidness.why you don’t go and put yourself out there and stop some of these robbery and killing.put your vote for the better of the country.

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    • To Smh says:

      The only person know about this “so called” made up plot to go after Myron in court over his eligibility is you and Myron. This is politics so please stop pulling the pity card looking sympathy votes for Myron.

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  8. Watching... says:

    Hear them haters who i surely have less…don’t think u have to born in a country to be successful and want the best for the country..this lady surely have a vision and a lot of business knowledge which will contribute to this country

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    • Albion says:

      Maybe, but you do have to be born here to stand for election to the House of Assembly.

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      • Interesting! says:

        So, why do some elected members of the House of Assembly travel with blue passports?

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        • Not2Sure says:

          You can be a dual citizen, but you must be born in BVI to stand. Look at s.65 of the Constitution.

          http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2007/1678/pdfs/uksi_20071678_en.pdf

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          • Constitution Notes says:

            An amendment was passed in 1997 which I would summarize in this way. It states anyone born in the BVI to at least one BVI parent, or have been naturalized before 1997 with the status of a BVI Islander can infact run for public office.

            This same amendment also states that person born after this date is subject to a more stringent process, where the individual must actually only be born in BVI to at least one BVI parent which would make them a belonger or a BVI Islander or citizen.

            This means she gets to run. Whether VIP recruits her is another matter. She is not a VIP candidate as of today. She is only lobbying to become a VIP candidate.

            She can form another political party if she is not acceptable.

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          • @not2sure says:

            I can’t find where in the constitution singing u tune. Look like I must read wha suit u.

          • Not2Sure says:

            That doesn’t seem correct to me seeing that Hon. Mark Vanterpool was born in Anguilla and I don’t think Hon. Archibald Christian was born in the BVI either.

    • Olie says:

      … how she going help tortola?

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  9. S crabbe says:

    Mrs Simpson i Applaud you.This BVI need changes,and I know I know you can do it.Mr fahie our opposition is a great leader,and what he need people that will work with him to bring the country back.Mitsy god bless you.and thanks.

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  10. Voter says:

    She said:”if elected, she would seek new ways to increase revenue and lower the territory’s debt burden.” That is commendable, but it would be better the other way around. Tell us NOW, not AFTER you are elected and it might help you to win our support.

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  11. No, No, No says:

    If you want to know about Mitsy, speak to the people she went to school with, speak to her former employees, speak to anyone about her. …Are her motives genuine? If the VIP stoops this low, then it is time for the UK to take over………

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  12. Muriel says:

    Miss leave the young lady who trying so hard,that is a very ambition young lady.
    Stop think .

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  13. Important says:

    This is what we need, people who are willing to step up to the plate with new ideas. Loved your book and your articles provide valuable information. Keep it up!

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    • Okay says:

      If a Virgin Islander was going to run in Jamaica would that happen? Answer THAT…

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      • Jamming says:

        Once you are born in Jamaica you are a Jamaican citizen regardless of parentage and is entitled to a Jamaican passport from birth.

        Once you are a naturalized Jamaican and have a Jamaican passport you can run even if you were born somewhere else. You however cannot run if you are naturalized in another country and have not renounced that citizenship.

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        • Uh...not so fast says:

          This is NOT true. There are only a few countries in the world that practice automatic birthright citizenship, the US and Canada being the two most developed. Jamaica DOES NOT. Please research before posting wrong ideas. Thanks!

      • Westfield says:

        I here since hurricane working and have no interest to stay on. Pure s**t going on with other nationalities.

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      • Rubber Duck says:

        Countries that deprive immigrants of the chance to enter politics are the pits. Usually backward third world places where the big bright shiny cookie jar is reserved for the few.

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  14. @no no no says:

    u sound so stupid

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  15. WELL SAH says:

    SIGH!!!

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  16. Jesus says:

    Another Omar on the horizon. Popcorn y’all!!!!

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  17. Jason says:

    I was telling someone recently cats, dogs and even mongoose will run for office come next year. Next thing Iguana going announce too.

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  18. Teacher G says:

    Talk to the people Mits. Help needed. Focus on getting us out this mess. That all I advise you and let God guide you.

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  19. Taylor says:

    VIP VIP VIP all the way

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  20. Leroy says:

    Thank you young lady I read your book.and I am with you all the way get them crook out

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  21. The King says:

    This would be the best election ever. VIP has a good team now. Big up to misty and Fahie. Keep it going VIP. Blessings. Country step up

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    • Really says:

      Who exactly comprises the VIP team at this stage? Besides Mitsy and Fahie? On what basis do you conclude that they have a good team?

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    • Alice says:

      I get goosebump posting all this here. I see a ambitious young black woman doing she thing. Misty is . She, brilliant, author, business, community spirit. All them lowlife washing they mouth who from where better know this girl doing a good thing . I will vote for a strong intelligent woman than anytgem corrupt clown now in government.

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  22. G.Bush says:

    READ MY LIPS ????

    No SAH!!!

    ???? drops….

    I’m out…Audi 5000 peace!…

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  23. Herbs says:

    Huge mistake.

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  24. Wowww says:

    I hope Andrew is not going to pick her she’s a Jamaican and it will be real hypocritical because they always talking about where Myron from.

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  25. Michael says:

    Mitsy is a very professionsl and talented person with her own personal success. She’s just what the BVI needs tgis minute. I have confidence in her ideas and ability to benefit BVI. I wish her much success.

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  26. Reader says:

    I agree that one should check out people in all circles (even on Google), before considering their worthiness to be voted into a country’s leadership. Similarly the BVI needs to properly screen persons coming here to visit. Just imagine that a US Virgin Islander was recently charged with smuggling some Dominican Republic men from Tortola into St. Thomas and that two of them were already deported from the US. The question is “how did they get to Tortola?” Possibly not via the correct means.

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  27. Chawell says:

    I from right here,I go school with her
    I wish if I and many of us were thinking like Mitsy.MR fahie we need young people like her.if Mitsy don’t born here,she belong here,and she mean well.The governotr,the queen,mark vanterpool,Myron ,these are leaders.Again Mr Fahie carry this young lady with you .People like her we need here.she is a leader,I am so oo oo oo proud of her ,knowing we are class mate.Mitsy go for it.

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    • @Chawell says:

      Hmm wow, so you went to high school with her? By the way you write it tells me you perhaps dropped out in form 1. Why you saying NDP have the leaders but not VIP?

      So only if she is selected VIP will have a leader? Are you undercover for the NDP? Sure sounds that way. We can find better candidates Chawell so if you want to waste ya one vote, that’s on you.

      If you really VIP then cut the loss and vote VIP.

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    • Olie says:

      Chalwell i know her more than you looks is de———-

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    • Olie says:

      L—- she is c—– her self

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  28. Fake says:

    She is f—- like the bad weave in her head.. That woman is no g—-.. Do not be f—– bvi people…

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  29. Brad Boynes says:

    Try to recruit guy hill.

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  30. Sense says:

    We need people who do not and will not put vanity our realism
    I dont think she is right to lead any of us.
    We need humble and straightforward people

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  31. Wow says:

    You all should happy when young people lifting the country.you prefer read about crime or what .

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  32. Laura says:

    My, My, as a country how do we ever expect to live in peace with some of these mindsets.Some of these comments are despicable and does not bode well for a country in recovery mode…

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  33. What’s the Record? says:

    Missy .. other than a book promotion tour via the political spectrum here are some things to answer:

    Do you take the U.K. deal on recovery?

    Do you comply with the 2020 dead line on financial services regulation as noted by Lord Ahmad?

    How do you plan to reduce the National debt?

    How do you fix NHI?

    Do you have a job creation plan?

    How do you balance the budget?

    Please tell the people what you been doing to prepare you for this day.

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  34. Gandhi says:

    @Fake….such kind of personal attack is not necessary. Constructive criticism is what we need. What’s your plan for the country – divisiveness and intolerance? Exactly what the BVI doesn’t need.

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  35. VIP ALL THE WAY says:

    Life is about chances and this young lady is taking a big one…this is positive… X

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  36. V says:

    From the first day I met Mitsy under a tamarind tree, we clicked right away. She was waiting on her mother and we all walked up the hill together. She was fun, bright eyed and a joy to hang with. From that day we became good buddies. We were about 12 or 13 years old. I expect nothing less than big things from her. She was always so petite and sharp. I respect her opinions even when they were different from mine. We use to talk on the phone all night go to the bathroom to the kitchen with the phone talking sometime saying nothing. If she was Jamaican I wouldn’t know because she spoke proper English and so did I hehehe. I admired you then and now. Keep doing you. You have a big heart. Your true friends know and one day the whole world will know. Keep being the wonderful person you are. I have nothing but best wishes for you and me too. Girl let’s go….! Smiles xoxoxox

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  37. B says:

    Set aside your prejudice and choose qualified candidates.. Mitsy is a great candidate.

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  38. Support says:

    I have been in this country since I was 15 started working as a Gardner,then construction,I then become a police.mark you,I did not born here.I did not born here what did I say I did not born here.I have the privilege to see how young boys young girls shame there familys ,shame themselves disappointed there neighbors and others.now this young lady which has such such such a strong love ,passion for tortola,and example for young lady and young men .we should rally for her.this place need young people like her.not crime.not crime.

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    • The College Tuition Is Very Reasonable says:

      Please consider taking an English class or two.

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      • Daniel says:

        Me don’t care what you all have against candidate Mitsy but Jamaica,st Vincent,nevis Dominica,tortola,hati,English,spanish where every the hell you from.if you here and you got voting rights ,VOTE VIP,VOTE VIP,VOTE VIP ,I went to NDP ask for a little bit a help all I one one one tarp my house ,it could not cover one room.went back to him.he tell her going to see what he can do.NDP NDP LIAR,THIEF AND ONLY FOR THEMSELVES.Mitsy good job.NDP can’t get my vote again.

    • BS says:

      So as a once 15 year old (clearly uneducated) gardener, turned construction worker and eventual empowered police officer, you consider it a PRIVILEGE “to see how young boys and young girls shame their families, shame themselves, disappoint their neighbors and others..?”

      I consider people like you to be EVERYTHING that is fundamentally wrong with our society today.

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    • Police Officer? says:

      You are talking to the people as a polic officer, can you be an example of your office, your oath. You should know better.

      • Meme says:

        He is saying lift young people when u saw them trying.he makes it to be a Police.
        I got my son doing time in the prison.how do you think I feel.if he was a police how do you think i would feel.NDP create crime for them self and others.we have to try bring back little tortola.that Gal Mitsy i hear alot a good thing about here.somebody show me her here in virgin Gorda,i read her book ,and I can see she is one of us.

  39. Olie says:

    Dont matter where you born is who u is how you treat people and what you done to others

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  40. vip says:

    lets go!!!

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  41. Gilbert says:

    Excellent Mitsy!

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  42. Daniel says:

    Me don’t care what you all have against candidate Mitsy but Jamaica,st Vincent,nevis Dominica,tortola,hati,English,spanish where every the hell you from.if you here and you got voting rights ,VOTE VIP,VOTE VIP,VOTE VIP ,I went to NDP ask for a little bit a help all I one one one tarp my house ,it could not cover one room.went back to him.he tell her going to see what he can do.NDP NDP LIAR,THIEF AND ONLY FOR THEMSELVES.Mitsy good job.NDP can’t get my vote again.

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