Pointing to his track record as Second District Representative over the last three-and-a-half years, Progressive Virgin Islands Movement (PVIM) candidate Melvin ‘Mitch’ Turnbull believes he has done enough to be given a second chance at the upcoming polls.
Speaking in Myers Estate on Monday, Turnbull said he has served, stood up, and spoken out to represent the concerns of residents in the district and territory.
“For somebody who has stood with you and stood up for you and represented you, why would you turn your back on me now?” Turnbull asked constituents. “For someone who has taken the time to understand our constitution, who has a background in finance, who understands insurance, who has studied what it is to represent this country and has forged relationships, why would you do anything else other than stick with Mitch?”
I was there for you
Making reference to Hurricane Irma, Turnbull said he personally walked from the community of Myers to Cane Garden and Brewer’s Bay to check on his constituents after the storm.
“I did not leave. I stayed and I worked to clean up the communities of Cane Garden Bay [and] Brewer’s Bay. We got on boats, and we travelled to Jost Van Dyke to serve the people there and to see about their well-being. We travelled on barges, speed boats, on helicopters with the governor, we had community meetings. That’s what leadership does,” he stated.
He said residents can attest that he was present when he was needed most.
“I don’t fabricate, I have no reason to fabricate that I was there. I was there because the people saw me there, ask the people,” he said.
Turnbull said as district representative, he completed the basketball court in the area, fixed the Spooner’s Estate road, and held true to his promise to assist the public primary schools in the district with $5,000 per annum.
He said he also helped in forging the public/private partnership for the reconstruction of the hurricane-ravaged Enis Adams Primary School.
And while taking a jab at his political rival contesting the seat under the Virgin Islands Party ticket, Turnbull said: “They say, something new in District Two. Look at me, I old?”
“People don’t like to be with you in the tough times, they like to be with you when everything is going well. But, now that a foundation has been started, everybody wants to get on the wave and act like they have been involved all the time.”