Schanfarber launches campaign

Robert Max Schanfarber has launched his campaign for senator from St. Thomas—St. John in the April 8 special election.
Schanfarber, the Republican nominee, has a campaign website up and running at

The local entrepreneur will introduce legislation repealing the so-called Sin Tax on day one. He also pledged to never support a tax increase as a member of the Legislature.

“I stand with working families and main street businesses, who are taxed enough,” Schanfarber said. “I also pledge to honor the promises made to government workers and retirees.”

Schanfarber also pledged to work with the Republican president and Republican congressional majority to establish a U.S. Coast Guard station on St. Thomas to protect against terrorism and combat human trafficking, illegal firearms and narcotics.

As a member of the Virgin Islands delegation to last year’s Republican National Convention Schanfarber gained national attention for his service on the Rules Committee after he successfully fought to ensure the voice of the five U.S. territories remained equal with the voice of the 50 states and District of Columbia in the selection of the GOP presidential and vice presidential nominees.

Statement on Secretary Carson’s confirmation

The territorial Republican Party issued the following statement from GOP National Committeeman Jevon Williams in response to the U.S. Senate confirming Dr. Ben Carson as secretary of Housing and Urban Development:

“As someone who has had the pleasure of knowing and working with Dr. Carson, I can say that President Trump could not have found a more qualified secretary of Housing and Urban Development. Not only is Dr. Carson a brilliant man of unwavering faith, but his story of rising from the streets of Detroit to becoming one of the country’s foremost neurosurgeons is an inspiration for all Americans and proof of just what’s possible when the federal government is focused on creating opportunities — not guaranteeing outcomes.”

Williams, of St. Croix, worked for Carson when he was seeking the Republican nomination during the presidential primaries and caucuses.

Statement on new Interior secretary

Republican Party of the United States Virgin Islands Chairman John Canegata issued the following statement in response to the U.S. Senate confirmation of Congressman Ryan Zinke as secretary of the Department of Interior:

“For too long Democrats in the U.S. Senate played partisan politics and stalled the confirmation of Congressman and now Secretary Zinke, who will be responsible for the millions of Americans living in the territories. Secretary Zinke can finally get to work on addressing the important issues facing our island communities as well as those of the other territories.”

Zinke, of Montana, was last in the Virgin Islands in November 2016, when he attended a summit sponsored by the territorial GOP.

Canegata, Virgin Islands Republican National Committeewoman Lilliana Belardo de O’Neal and Republican National Committeeman Jevon Williams attended Zinke’s confirmation hearing in January.

Statement on President Trump’s address to joint session of Congress


Republican Party of the United States Virgin Islands Chairman John Canegata issued the following statement ahead of President Donald J. Trump’s address to a joint session of Congress:

“President Trump has a bold and optimistic vision for our country that puts America first and party politics second. President Trump is fulfilling the promises he made to the American people at a record-setting place — not only is he bringing back Americans jobs, but he is meeting with territorial leaders, recognizing our unique position in the fabric of the country. It is my sincere hope that Congresswoman Plaskett will drop the partisan politics and instead join with President Trump to help make America and the Caribbean great again.”

Canegata has been working closely with the Trump administration to ensure issues impacting the Virgin Islands are heard in the halls of government.

Statement on firebombing of St. Thomas federal offices

Robert Max Schanfarber, the Republican nominee in the upcoming special election for the territorial Legislature, issued the following statement in response to the firebombing of U.S. military recruiter offices on St. Thomas:

“This deeply troubling incident is yet another reminder of just how dangerous and evil today’s world is. I am committed to strengthening law enforcement in the territory and working with the Republican majority in Washington to ensure the establishment of a standalone Coast Guard station, which would be critical in combatting terrorism, drug trafficking, human trafficking, and illegal firearms.”

Schanfarber, a St. Thomas entrepreneur, was nominated by the State Committee of the Republican Party of the United States Virgin Islands to run in the April 8 special election.