Sept. 15, 2002 – The largest number of candidates' names on Saturday's primary ballots were for offices within the territorial Democratic Party, Republican Party and Independent Citizens Movement.
As their respective state chairs, Democrats re-elected James O'Bryan, and Republicans chose James Oliver.
To head district party organizations, Democrats elected Terrence T. Joseph as St. Croix chair and Elmo Adams as St. Thomas-St. John chair.
Following are the results by party for committee seats.
Voting territorywide, Democrats chose the following candidates for the at-large seats on the party's territorial committee: Luis "Tito" Morales (1,051 votes), Gregory Francis (985), Glen Smith (888), Gloria Canegata Waterman (842), Marylyn Stapleton (728), Carmen Gonzales (615), Omar Henry (509), Horace Brooks (274), Siri Hamad (255) and Cedric Prince (209).
Elected to St. Thomas seats on the territorial committee were Gerald Hodge Sr. (558 votes), Elmo Adams Jr. (552), June Adams (485), Angel Turnbull (391), Ervin Dorsett (315), Michael Farrington (313), Tom Dunn (252), Rina Jacobs McBrowne (191) and Sunil Mohanani (130) from St. Thomas. No one ran for the two St. John seats on the territorial committee; St. John Democrats were asked to cast write-in votes.
On St. Croix. the district six seats the territorial committee were won by St. Claire Williams (847 votes), Rupert W. Ross Jr. (713), Sonia Boyce (449), David Molloy (477), Cenita "CC" Heywood (472) and Raymond T. James (350).
Chosen in territorywide voting for the Republican Party's at-large seats were Julio Brady (14 votes), April Newland (84), Patricia Murphy (75), Herbert Schoenbaum (74), Fred Vialet Jr. (74), Gladys Orr (63), Vincent "Beef" Clendinen (59), Frank Davis (58), Leon Powell (46) and Renaldo Callwood (44).
For the six St. Croix seats on the Republican territorial committee, only three candidates were on the ballot. Lilliana Belardo de O'Neal and Reuben Fenton each got 55 votes and Humberto O'Neal got 52. Voters cast eight write-in ballots for the remaining three seats.
For the six St. Thomas seats on the party territorial committee, there were four candidates. George Blackhall got 46 votes, Shirley Bronston got 26, Roberto Dawson got 24 and Alston Brewster got 21 votes. Voters cast write-in votes for the two remaining seats. For the two St. John seats, no names appeared on the ballot; St. John voters were asked to cast write-in votes.
In territorywide voting, Independent Citizens Movement members elected to at-large seats on the party's territorial committee Virdin Brown (28 votes), Andre Ottley (26), Levron Sarauw (24), Juan Santiago (24), Gladys Todman (22) and Elsie Vialet (19).
For their seats on the ICM territorial committee, St. Thomas voters chose Liston Davis (17 votes), Gene Emanuel (11), Albion Lambertis (10) and Elma L.D. Smith (10). There were no candidates on the ballot for the two St. John ICM district seats; St. John voters were to submit write-ins.
On St. Croix, five of the six district seats went to David A. Benjamin (14 votes), Mary L. Moorhead (11), Alexander A. Petersen Sr. (11), Wilmot A. Edwards (10) and Serafin Suarez (8).
John Abramson Jr., supervisor of elections, said where there are more seats to be filled on the party committees than there are candidates, it is customary for the write-in candidates getting the highest number of votes to take the other seats. The write-in vote tallies will not be available for 10 days, he said; they are announced along with absentee ballot votes after the absentee ballots are counted.
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