Independent At Large candidate and businessman Mr Lesmore Smith has received sweeping endorsements from his relative and outspoken former legislator Mrs Eileene L. Parsons, OBE in his bid to win an At Large seat in the 2023 General Elections in the Virgin Islands (VI).
During Mr Smith's campaign launch on Friday night, March 17, 2023, at the Watch Tower in Fahie Hill, Tortola, Ms Parsons said her endorsements came not only because of Mr Smith’s professional accomplishment and experience but because when blood calls, blood has to answer.
“I am Katie Benn's grandchild, and Lesmore is her great, great-grandchild. I am her second generation, and Lesmore is her 4th. When blood calls, blood answers,” she said.
Ms Parsons added, “Furthermore, I ain’t come here just so, I spoke to my political leaders and they, knowing how I feel about family, were generous enough to give me the green light. So here I am.”
The cultural icon has been a long-time member and supporter of the National Democratic Party (NDP).
During Lesmore Smith’s campaign launch on
Friday night, March 17, 2023, at the Watch Tower in Fahie Hill,
Tortola, Ms Eileene L. Parsons, OBE said her endorsements came not only
because of Mr Smith’s professional accomplishment and experience but
because when blood calls, blood has to answer.
Lesmore has experience to steer 'Ship BVI' - Parsons
Ms Parsons said "Ship BVI" is ready to sail on its next political trip, but with rough storms ahead, the territory needs 13 strong, experienced, honest and sea-wise sailors to take it forward.
“Is Lesmore ready to apply for a job on Ship BVI? I will say yes. Lesmore has proven that he has what it takes to be a good sailor. Lesmore knows what hard life in the BVI is like. Lesmore knows what it means to walk against the odds and come out successful,” she said while listing his professional developments.
Mr Smith, who was originally running with the Ronnie W. Skelton-led Progressive Virgin Islands Movement (PVIM), was reportedly forced off the ticket, leaving him no choice but to either go with another party or run as an Independent.
Virgin Islands News Online (VINO) had previously reported that Mr Smith was asked to run in the Fifth District but opted not to, as his slot as a PVIM At Large candidate was taken by former Speaker of the House of Assembly Ingrid A. Moses, whom the party felt was a better political candidate.