Independent Candidate Dancia Penn Presents Herself As A “Unifier”


ADDRESS BY DANCIA PENN, Q.C. – 24TH JANUARY, 2019 Greetings, and a Happy New Year to all. A few weeks ago, I made a Public Statement in which I promised to make a further Statement about my participation in the upcoming General Election. I am delighted to do so now. Decisions about things that truly matter are never easy, and those who seek to lead and represent others need to be conscientious in their decision making, and the process of decision making matters. In my case, I have had to consider very carefully the personal, professional and business implications of a decision to again seek elected public office. The process has taken time, but it has been important, as process always is in making decisions on serious matters. In the process, I have listened, I have observed, I have sought the guidance, counsel and wisdom of the elders of our country – women and men. Many have prayed with me and for me, and I have engaged one on one with many. A dear friend of mine who will soon celebrate his 90th Birthday took a long journey to visit me, to counsel me and to pray with me, even as he burst into tears. And, very importantly, I have engaged extensively with and listened to those to whom the future belongs, the young women and young men of this country. This is the journey that I have been on in the past weeks, and I am grateful to God and to each and every one of you for your interest and concern, for your advice and criticisms, and for your caring and support. I have taken a long, hard look at our country and where it is today: our economy, our social life and fabric, our quality of life, our institutions, the concerns of investors and our We have to move from that place, and MOVE from that place we will! We have to restore dignity and pride in our people, in our country, in our institutions. We have to physically rebuild our country: our schools, our churches, our homes, our infrastructure. We have to restore and abide by the principles and practices of good governance; we have to restore and respect our key institutions including The House of Assembly, the Judiciary and offices including that of The Auditor General; we have to develop and diversify our economy, we have to restore our well-being and be the peaceful, happy, healthy people we once were. We have to establish a mature, constructive, modern relationship with the United Kingdom and other countries, the European Union and other organizations as well as with regional governments and organizations. All of this calls for and requires good leadership. Leadership is about character, honesty, integrity, ability, vision, and our leaders must be fit to lead. This is not a time for clouds, and uncertainty and for doubts. It is a time for dedicated, able, courageous, innovative, stable and visionary leadership. As is known, I have engaged openly and transparently with several political groups and movements in our country. I have done so deliberately in recognition of the fact that at this critical time, we need to bring our best minds together, and that we should work together for the common good. I have a vision of a united, prosperous, stable Virgin Islands, and as I have said to many of you, I have no desire to contribute to further divisions in our country. So today, I present myself to you as a candidate for a Territorial seat in the House of Assembly of The Virgin Islands. I present myself as a unifier. As one ready, willing and able to serve as a member of the House of Assembly and to help bring the ship back on course. As one willing to work with those elected to the House of Assembly. I believe that my character, my personality, my qualities as a woman, my life’s work and experiences, my professional skills and training, equip me well to play a unifying role in our country at this time. The old adage remains true “United We Stand; Divided We Fall “, and for our country which remains on the brink, I offer myself for elected public office which is what politics is. Politics should not be a dirty game. It is public service in the interests of the people. In the coming days, I will be sharing more and more with you of the platform on which I am running. It will also be published on Facebook and in other media and I look forward to engaging with you on it. I take this opportunity to invite each and every one to my first meet and greet which is scheduled for next Saturday 2nd February, 2019 at 5:30 p.m at Red Bay, East End. In the days thereafter I will be meeting with you in Tortola, Jost Van Dyke, Anegada and Virgin Gorda and I am really excited about our future together. I thank you for your time and support and I look forward with great hope and enthusiasm to continuing with each and everyone on the journey to a greater Virgin Islands.