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Delegate Hopefuls are Former Senators, Commissioners, Along with a Former Governor and Community Activists

May 17, 2007 — It is a crowded field as 123 people territorywide are vying for the chance to be a delegate at the upcoming special election for the 5th Constitutional Convention.
On St. Croix, 58 people will be on the ballot for a district seat and seven for the at-large seats. On St. Thomas, 51 people will be on the district ballot with seven competing for the at-large seats
Each district elects 13 delegates to the convention; however in the St. Thomas/St. John district, two of the elected district representatives must be from St. John. Voters will select two at-large delegates in the St. Croix district and two in the St. Thomas/St. John district.
The list of candidates includes a former governor, several former senators and commissioners, educators, attorneys, community activists and other V.I. residents.
Once elected, delegates will convene at 10 a.m. on July 23 at the Legislature on St. Thomas. Following an administration of oath of office by Presiding Superior Court Judge Darryl D. Donohue, the delegates will organize the convention.
The delegates must first elect a convention president, vice president, secretary and other appropriate officers. The group will have until July 27, 2008, to adopt a constitution by a yes vote of at least 27 delegates. The president of the convention will then submit the document to Gov. John P. de Jongh Jr., who then has 10 days to submit the proposed constitution to the U.S. president. The president must submit the proposal to Congress within 60 days, and members have 60 legislative days to review the proposed constitution before V.I. voters have the chance to approve it on a date that will be determined during the Constitutional Convention.
For more information on the Constitutional Convention, visit the University of the Virgin Islands Web site, www.itsourfuture.vi, or the Election Systems of the Virgin Islands website at www.vivote.gov
Dates to remember:
— May 21: Casting of lots for positions on the ballot
— May 22: Last day to pick up Absentee Ballots
— May 28: Last day to examine voting machines
— June 2: Testing of voting machines by Board of Elections
— June 12: Special Election for delegates to the 5th Constitutional Convention
— June 18: Lots cast in case of a tie vote
Here are the candidates for the 5th Constitutional Convention:
St. Croix District candidates
— Terrence T. Joseph
— Daniel “Danny” Coughlin
— Sandra Bastian-Carty
— Violet Anne Golden
— Arnold M. Golden
— Claire L. Roker
— Mary L. Moorhead
— Douglas L. Capderville
— Julie Beberman
— Nicholas A. Castruccio
— Robert “Bob” Hoffman
— Michael Thurland
— Robert O. Schuster
— Pamela Lynn Colon
— Herbert Schoenbohm
— Oceana James
— James T. Bland
— Lilliana Belardo De O’Neal
— Thomas Hannah
— John B. Stout
— Kendall “Seigo” Petersen
— Rena Brodhurst
— Carol Burke
— Cecil R. Benjamin
— Percival Edwards
— Gloria H. Canegata Waterman
— Evelyn Messer James
— Marty Merrick
— Ophelia “Nemmy” Jackson
— Larlene E. Arrindell
— Gerard Marlowe Emanuel
— Horace L. Graham
— Howard Hannibal O’Bryan
— Dorothy E. Bolling
— Miguel A. Camacho Sr.
— Harold E. Smith
— Dr. Eugene A. Petersen
— Verdel L. Petersen
— Merrily Steidfort Burch
— Fred A. Esannason
— Marc A. Biggs
— Edwin A. Thomas
— Rael Sackey
— Natalie Nelson Tang How
— Jason P. Walker
— Jonathan Buckney
— Charles E. Tilson
— Richard Martin Boehm
— Attorney Douglas Brady
— Attorney Lee J. Rohn
— Natalie M. Hollins
— Richard Schrader Jr.
— Omar B. U. Henry
— Steve Nisky
— Colette Woodson Burgess
— Joseph Peter Stropole
— Chenzira “Dr. Chen” Kahina
— Carl F. Christopher
— Owen T. Marsh
St. Croix District at-large candidates
— Edward L. Browne
— Rupert W. Ross Jr.
— Adelbert M. “Bert” Bryan
— Elizabeth C. Pichardo
— Gerard Luz James II
— Virdin C. Brown
— Verne Christian Garcia
St. Thomas/St. John District candidates
— Francis E. Jackson, Jr.
— Lawrence “Larry” Sewer
— Wilma Marsh Monsanto
— Aimery P. Caron
— Clemet “Cain” Magras
— Mark Hodge
— Whitman T. Browne
— Charles W. Turnbull
— Paul Devine
— Jerome J. Blyden
— T. Jubilani Rees
— Alecia M. Wells
— Derek Gabriel
— Kathleen “Katy” Mackay
— Elsie V. Thomas-Trotman
— Georgia Ann Murphy
— James Bernier Jr.
— Lorraine Moorehead
— Michele Schulterbrandt Agurkis
— Thomas K. Moore
— Dwane A. Callwood
— Brian McLlernan
— Robert “Rob” Kunkel
— Julia Lanclos Jn-Baptiste
— Carol Annette Callwood
— Ray K. Joseph
— Alma Francis
— Harold Urlich
— Carolyn Hermon-Percell
— Mario A. Francis
— Hector A. Squiabro
— Sunil Mohanani
— Tom Bolt
— Rochelle M. Corneiro
— Abdul Liburd
— Donald C. Charles Sr.
— Stedman Hodge Jr.
— Latonia (Latanya) Garnett
— Myron Jackson
— Sean L. Krigger
— Lois Hassell-Habtes
— Alena E. Richards
— Hiram Rasool Abiff
— Merle Fenton
— Lisa Williams
— Lorna A. C. Thomas
— J. Dawson “Bush Tea”
— Lynelle L. Niles
— Mabel J. Maduro
— Bruce Fielding
St. Thomas/St. John District at-large candidates
— Rita A. Brady-Bemudez
— George W. Phillips, Esq.
— Andre Dorsey
— William Belardo
— Nandi Sekou
— Arturo Watlington Jr.
— Craig W. Barshinger

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