Why I’m a Republican

The following excerpt “Why I’m a Republican” was written by Republican National Committeeman Jevon O.A. Williams.


I have been a conservative my entire adult life, influenced greatly by the philosophy and the historical origins of the Republican Party, its lead role in the abolishment of slavery, the message of fiscal responsibility, limited government and a strong national defense resonated with me greatly.


I’m a Republican because…


I BELIEVE the strength of our nation lies with the individual and that each person’s dignity, freedom, ability, and responsibility must be honored.

I BELIEVE in equal rights, equal justice and equal opportunity for all, regardless of race, creed, sex, age or disability.

I BELIEVE free enterprise and encouraging individual initiative have brought this nation opportunity, economic growth, and prosperity.

I BELIEVE government must practice fiscal responsibility and allow individuals to keep more of the money they earn.

I BELIEVE the proper role of government is to provide for the people only those critical functions that cannot be performed by individuals or private organizations, and that the best government is that which governs least.

I BELIEVE the most effective, responsible and responsive government is government closest to the people.

I BELIEVE Americans must retain the principles that have made us strong while developing new and innovative ideas to meet the challenges of changing times.

I BELIEVE Americans value and should preserve our national strength and pride while working to extend peace, freedom and human rights throughout the world.

FINALLY, I believe the Republican Party is the best vehicle for translating these ideals into positive and successful principles of government.


VIGOP Offers Reward For Info Leading to Arrest and Conviction of Weekend Rape Suspect or Suspects

Chairman John Canegata announced that the party is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for any credible information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for Saturday night’s rape incident, that occurred on the east end of St. Croix.

John Canegata, wife and daughter pose for a photo with Secretary of Interior Ryan Zinke

“As a father of a daughter, this has hit home for me. I’m going to do everything I can to find the individual or individuals who committed this horrid assault” said Canegata. “Till justice is served I remain committed to using every resource at my disposal to assist our law enforcement authorities in this investigation,” said Canegata.

Chairman John Canegata went on to say, “I am proud of the officers of the Virgin Islands Police Department for the way they have handled the investigation so far.” Canegata said, “In troubling times like these, it is now, more than ever before important for Virgin Islanders to come together, I continue to pray for the victim and the family and humbly ask that every Virgin Islander does the same.”

Jevon Williams editorial on First 100 Days of the Trump Presidency

First 100 Days of the Trump Presidency

The following editorial by Republican National Committeeman Jevon O.A. Williams on behalf of the Republican Party of the United States Virgin Islands was submitted to The St. Croix Avis highlighting President Trump’s accomplishments in the first 100 days of his Presidency. 


Today, April 29th will mark the 100th day of President Trump’s Administration. Since the President’s inauguration on January 20th, Democrats have pledged to “resist” the Trump Administration at every turn, which has subsequently brought about some of the nastiest political discourse that my generation has ever seen. Instances, where olive branches should have been extended, were squandered by petty partisan attacks that did nothing but hurt future efforts of bipartisanship. As you are aware, I’ve been very critical of Congresswoman Plaskett for this very reason.


Virgin Islanders react to President Trump’s Transfer Day statement

President Donald J. Trump has shown an unprecedented commitment to the Virgin Islands as the U.S. territory celebrates 100 years under the American flag.

“President Trump has proven to be the strongest ally the Virgin Islands has ever had in the White House,” said John Canegata, chairman of the Republican Party of the United States Virgin Islands. “His commitment started as a candidate and was re-affirmed this week as president.”

Trump issued a powerful statement, saying in part: “We thank God for the U.S. Virgin Islands, for its wonderful people, and for making the U.S. Virgin Islands part of the United States of America.”

The statement came on the same day that Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke was on St. Croix for the Transfer Day commemoration.

“The fact that Secretary Zinke chose St. Croix and the Virgin Islands as the first territory to visit speaks volumes about the administration’s commitment to ensuring a better, brighter future for all Americans, including Virgin Islanders,” said Virgin Islands GOP National Committeeman Jevon Williams. “No president and no secretary of Interior have been there for Virgin Islanders like President Trump and Secretary Zinke.”

The former Obama administration didn’t send its Interior secretary to the territory until the final months of its second term.

President Trump’s statement on Transfer Day

President Donald J. Trump issued the following statement on the centennial of Transfer Day:

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