Describing himself as professional, knowledgeable, efficient and a passionate fighter for the Virgin Islands (VI), local attorney Daniel F. Davies has entered the 2023 elections race as an Independent At Large candidate.
Davies in an open letter published on March 23, 2023, said over the years he has contributed to the Virgin Islands by conducting a number of legal cases and providing legal advice at little or no cost, in addition to assisting in the clean-up of small businesses in the aftermath of the August 2017 floods and his contributions to the discussions of the recovery and redevelopment plans of VI following Hurricane Irma.
VI Youth Advocate
Further, Davies said he was actively involved in fighting to ensure that the local democracy was not hindered by a partial suspension of the Constitution amongst other issues, following the Commission of Inquiry
He added that part of his reason for now wanting to be a part of the Virgin Islands
House of Assembly is to address issues such as social justice, access to justice, strengthening constitutional rights, fixing the local economy and providing better opportunities for the youth.
“If elected, I will push for higher wages, the creation of a legal aid clinic as a statutory body, the provision of opportunities for our youth both locally and abroad, fight to ensure that everyone in the country is treated fairly and that it is less expensive and tiresome to do business within the Virgin Islands
,” he added.
Mr Davies said other issues in the VI
that needs addressing is a lack of fairness within the local banking
system as it related to how customers are treated, their ability to
access financing and the glaring lack of proper banking facilities in
our sister islands.
Overhaul of the banking system
Davies said other issues in the VI that need addressing are a lack of fairness within the local banking system as it relates to how customers are treated, their ability to access financing and the glaring lack of proper banking facilities in our sister islands.
“We must put in place regulations to specifically deal with how banks treat their customers. We must also do whatever is necessary to ensure that the people of the Virgin Islands
have ready access to capital and that our sister islands have proper and easy access to banking services,” he added.
Davies also plans to address issues relating to access to media services and equipment on the sister islands.
As a practicing lawyer, Mr Davies said the lack of access to justice is a major issue in VI as the cost of obtaining a lawyer is quite high.
“Access to justice is a human right. A publicly funded legal aid clinic is a must to ensure that every member and every economic level of our community will be able to exercise their rights,” he detailed.
Campaign launch date to come
Mr Davies said his 2023 campaign launch will happen in the coming days.
“I look forward to interacting with you throughout and after the campaign season. If you see me on the street, let us have a conversation about how we can improve our country.”
Mr Davies is a Managing Partner of Silk Legal (BVI) Inc.
He was called to the Bar in 2016.