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April 18, 2004 -The Virgin Islands Democratic Party Saturday elected six delegates to the Democratic National Convention in Boston.
James O'Bryan Jr., state chair of the Democratic Party, calls the 788 registered Democrats who cast votes "a record."
Elected from the district of St. Croix were, Labor Commissioner Cecil R. Benjamin, St. Croix Administrator Gregory Francis and former Young Democrats president and District Party Vice Chair Sonia Boyce.
Elected from the district of St. Thomas/St. John were businesswoman Desiree Hill, Young Democrats President Sandra T. Mason and former American Federation of Teachers president and Labor Department official Glen J. Smith.
Simon Caines, Executive Director of the 25th Legislature who garnered the second highest votes territory wide will be named alternate. Caines resides in the St. Thomas/St. John district. The State Chair will appoint a delegation page after consultation with the St. Croix District party.
According to a press release issued by the party on Sunday, the six delegates will each cast a half vote to nominate Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry as the Democratic nominee for President of the United States. The VI delegation will cast six total votes for Sen. Kerry. The four DNC members will cast one-quarter votes each and the super delegates; Governor Charles Turnbull and Delegate to Congress Donna Christensen will each cast one vote.
The convention will be held July 26 through July 29.
Yesterday's national convention delegate election in St. Croix was held at the Midland Restaurant. In the St. Thomas/St. John district the ballots were cast at the Holiday Inn Windward Passage Hotel.
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