As we continue the arduous task of rebuilding and restoring our beloved Virgin Islands, the time has come for a smarter, and more transparent approach to governing. Not just to the assistance to the homeowner trying to fortify his, or her, home ahead of the next storm season, or to the management of the federal funds that can help us to rebuild, and hopefully improve our current condition, but to all areas of government, across our Territory. That is why I want to be your next Governor and my running mate Senator Sammuel Sanes wants to be your next Lieutenant Governor.

It is time that we get back to a government that puts the people of the Virgin Islands first. Time to get back to a government that puts you first!

Whether that means prioritizing education by scaling up teacher salaries and the rigors of our curricula, or professionalizing our emergency management agency with seasoned and qualified experts, or growing a dynamic and bustling small business sector and opportunities by leveraging tax incentives and offering more skill training programs – we are a team committed to working with all the people of the Virgin Islands to deliver you a more responsive administration.

The unifying theme throughout the Petrus/Sanes Platform, and the Administration that we plan to build, is giving you back A Government That Works for YOU! As strong family men of faith, military veterans, public officials with integrity, and men of their word, you can trust Allison “Allie” Petrus and Sammuel “Sammy” Sanes to look out for you and your family.

After Irma and Maria, our Virgin Islands desperately need a fresh approach to the restoration of our economy and the rebuilding of our infrastructure. Having already fallen into disrepair over the prior three years of neglect, our roads and utilities were set further back by the storms. We have a plan to fix that, one that is inclusive of small business owners, like contractors who currently are losing out as money is being sent off-island.

Our Government Employee Retirement System (GERS) has a dangerously unfunded liability and we all know is teetering on the brink of collapse, which would have a disastrous effect on the Territory-wide economy that experts have likened to a stock-market crash. We have a plan to prioritize and address the GERS liability issue – fairly, equitably, and sustainably, while ensuring that we protect our retirees.

Our hospitals must be rebuilt. They should not be demolished, but rather rebuilt from the inside out. But they are only emblematic of deeper disparities and dysfunction within our health care system, from unequal Medicaid and Medicare dollars to insufficient funds for mental health, homelessness, and substance abuse. We have a plan to start on day one.

In short, we have a plan. It revolves around making the everyday citizens of our Virgin Islands believe, once again, that their government works for them – because in a Petrus/Sanes Administration it will.

From day one, we will tackle the budget deficit, work to boost our students’ test scores, and support our veterans and military families. We will set about the task of putting our Territory and its families on sound footing, not just because we as a team have the skills and desires to do so, but because it’s the right thing to do. And because we can’t wait any longer. We are all Virgin Islanders, and we are all in this together.

As a small-business owner and job creator, I know what it’s like to meet payroll, to tend to the needs of my employees, and to serve the broader community.

As someone who rose from humble beginnings, like myself, and then went on to a career as a devoted public servant, Senator Sanes has mastered government best practices and how to apply them to improve people’s lives.

Please consider our platform and do not hesitate to contact either of us directly or our campaign office with any questions, suggestions, or ideas. We are open to them and eager to hear from you.

This is the time for the Virgin Islands to move forward and to restore its people’s faith in a government that has too often in recent years seemed opaque and remote.

We want to earn back that faith and we ask you to join us as we work towards delivering you A Government That Works for YOU!

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