Hello, my name is Lawrence “Larry” T. Boschulte and I am running to be elected to the 34th Legislature to represent the St. Thomas/St. John District. You will find me on the ballot (#11) for the Democratic primary on August 1, 2020.
I am homegrown with very deep generational ties to our territory. I grew up as one of two children of a single mom in the Solberg area, and was able to witness, first-hand, the value and benefit of hard work and giving back to the community. I attended All Saints School on the island of St. Thomas and earned my bachelor’s degree from Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1991; and while I have traveled to the United States on occasion, I have always returned home to contribute my knowledge to building a more positive community.
Eager to try to find a better way for changing the trajectory of the territory after hurricanes Marilyn and Hugo, I briefly left the territory again in 1999 to expand my knowledge of governance via attending a Congressional Fellows’ program on Capitol Hill learning and advocating environmental and cultural issues.
As one that has come to not take the beauty of the Virgin Islands for granted; it has been devastating to see the increasing negative impact of climate change here in the territory. With both the air and ocean warming each year, the territory will encounter more severe rainstorms and hurricanes, rising sea levels, and a number of other threats to life as we know it. Specifically, I worry about the impact of climate change on our coral reef ecosystems; and, subsequently, on our agricultural industry; thus, I plan to not just talk about it, but be about it consistently on the senate floor.
With one foot in the past, via my generational roots, and the other foot moving towards the future, my entrepreneurial spirit has shaped my belief in the importance of sustainable small businesses and I will vigorously apply my personal experiences as a businessman to keep the needs and challenges of small business upfront.
Lastly, my family roots are deep into the farming community, so I have a natural love for the environment and the land. Appreciating the importance of protecting and nurturing both; and how each will keep the territory strong and globally competitive for generations to come, I will fight on the senate floor every day to ensure the territory does not lose its focus on what supports us.