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Charlotte Amalie
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Open Letter to Candidate de Jongh

Dear Source:
Dear John,
I'm glad to hear from your update that your food sale was so successful.However, and just playing Devil's advocate here, I've received feedback from several who were there and were very disappointed that the flyers being distributed about your campaign were the same old same old and told them not too much about what exactly your platform is all about and what you plan to do which is in any way different from what has gone before.
The food sales and the fish fries have been an integral part of campaigning over the years but the world is rapidly changing. Newcomers to the islands who have setlled in and are raising families here have been prompted to register to vote but they're well aware of the dichotomy between promises and action. Although the local population in general has in years past been swayed by the biggest fish fry accompanied by the inevitable empty but self-serving campaign promises, this newer population is looking for more before they put in their vote.
Getting recognition and votes from that segment of the population which has always voted via fish fries and food sales is all well and good but you also need to reach out to that segment of the new population which genuinely wants to participate in voting and has registered to do so. They don't care to whom a candidate is related (which perforce reeks of nepotism in any case!) They don't care about who puts on the best fish fry or food sale. They want to get to know both you and other candidates, pick your brains and get valid responses to valid questions.
I'm willing to help promote your campaign in whatever way I'm able. If you would be interested in using my place one evening when I'm closed to the public (MTW) to host a small event just to seriously talk to the people that I know who would come and listen to you, with it being of course open to my Smith Bay neigbours and anyone, I'm more than happy to work with you on it.
This offer has nothing to do with making money on my part. I'm poor as a churchmouse but more altruistic than not. However, I do think this would be an opportunity for you to answer questions and get one-on-one with a segment of the population which is very tired of this whole political nonsense and seriously wants to see change.
Look forward to your reply!
Anna Clarke
St. Thomas

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