If Virgin Islands history had any say in what candidates would emerge as victors of recently-concluded general elections, At-Large representative Sharie de Castro might not have been elected to sit in the House of Assembly as a legislator.
That would be because of the 28-year-old’s age and gender, since not very many young persons, let alone women have served in representational politics in the history of the Virgin Islands.
But the odds that history said should have been stacked against her were fashioned into opportunity by the de Castro.
That ability seems to be something the Andrew Fahie-led Virgin Islands Party (VIP) discerned when it recruited the young legislator to contest the 2019 elections. The result is de Castro — the youngest person to contest the election — capturing the single largest number of votes in the entire territory.
Of the total 38,251 votes cast in the Territorial At-Large arena, de Castro won a commanding 4,778.
Asked what she thinks led the majority of voters to rally behind her at the polls, de Castro said: “I just think people bought into the message. My message was inclusive. I just also wanted to get people to understand that we all have a part to play. I have a part to play. You have a part to play and my part ain’t no bigger than anybody else’s part.”
“If we all do our part, we will be able to piece together the future of the Virgin Islands,” said de Castro who noted that she was ‘grateful and humbled’ by the people’s support.
The now-elected legislator is one of eight VIP candidates that caused the VIP to win the election.