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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