Elections 2012 — St. Thomas
Candidate for State Chair, V.I. Democratic Party: Glen J. Smith
My Fellow Democrats,
In a few weeks democrats on all three islands will participate in our primary. This primary will afford all registered democrats to select those candidates who they believe are best suited to represent our party in the general elections in November. Many of the races are being contested which clearly indicates that our party is still a viable institution in these islands. Please listen carefully to the candidates seeking your support for the delegate to congress, at large, VI legislature, board of election /education. Allow me to commend all of those persons who have decided place their name on a ballot. This step is important to the preservation of our democracy. The fact that persons are willing to step forward and vie for public office cannot be taken for granted.
The future of these beloved islands are linked to the electorate ‘s ability be select a slate of candidates who are willing to work as a team to address the issue affecting the quality of life for all citizens living in these islands . Our party has a strong legacy which we can be proud of. However, we cannot afford to rest on our laurels especially during these rough and tough times. Too often, candidates have chosen to abandon our party and its principles. Too often, we have not worked effectively as a team to address the myriad of social and economic ills affecting the people.
Our party must rebuild the bridge between the 30,000 registered democrats in our territory and the leadership of our party. That is one reason why I have decided to seek your vote as the Virgin Islands Democratic Party state chair. We can no longer ignore the cries and the voices of our people!
As your next state chair, working with the district chairs of each island and the territorial committee we will achieve the following:
- Conduct regular meetings
- Seek to develop a people’s agenda or a political platform
- Raise funds for the party
- Strengthen relationships with our national democratic party
- Seek legislative election reform
Glen J. Smith
My experience with our party and community has allowed me to serve in several capacities including but not limited to the following:
- Member, territorial committee / stet district committee
- District chair. 2 terms
- National Committeeman
- Candidate for the 24th legislature
- Campaign committee chair –turn bull /Richards
- Lt governor candidate – democratic party primary
- Delegate to 2008 , 2012 national conventions
- Former President of AFT Local 1825
On Primary Day Give … Glen J. Smith … Your Vote for State Chair!
During my tenure as stt district chair our district was able to:
- awarded several youth scholarships
- hosted annual labor day picnics
- hosted the radio show , “the district speaks “
- assisted the salvation army with annual thanksgiving dinners
- conducted candidate forums
- held regular meetings
- raised funds for the district
- distributed financial statements
Additionally, please vote for party members seeking to serve as members of the territorial/ district / district chairs and national committeeman.
Democrats can and democrats will work together to improve the quality of life for all the people living in these beloved islands.
One party… One people… One purpose!
1. Is your public life a reflection of your private life? Please elaborate.
There is a strong correlation between my personal values and my public life. If this was not true I would be guilty of practicing deception.
2. What is your record of volunteer service to the community? Name four organizations or efforts you have served without being paid or otherwise compensated.
Board member of GERS, volunteer in public schools, board member of Waste Management Authority and performed many volunteer services as a member of Rotary II.
3. Should government officials travel on public money? If yes, should the miles acquired belong to the public to be used for the public good; i.e. students’ travel. Please elaborate. I
It is difficult to ask public officials to travel on official business on their own dime. However, such travel should be only allowed with proper documentation and strict adherence to all policies. I would fully support the accrued mileage being donated to student travel!
4. Do you feel it is your responsibility as an elected official to show up for scheduled meetings on time and stay at the meetings for the duration? Will you pledge to do that without fail?
One should lead by example. Conducting the people’s business should always be given priority. I so pledge!
5. Have you ever been arrested? If yes, please explain. Yes. I was arrested and all charges were dropped after leading a demonstration at government house in my capacity as the president of aft local 1825.