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Voters Turn Out for Primary Day on St. John

Sept. 9, 2006 – Several St. John voters said the issues were what got them out to vote in Saturday's Democratic Party primary.
Milton Samuel, on his way to vote at Julius E. Sprauve School, said the first thing he'd like the successful candidates to do is straighten out the government.
"Everybody's thiefing and nobody's going to jail. It's so darn corrupt," he said.
Garnett Alexander, also on his way to vote at Sprauve School, said he wants to see a better St. John.
"I hear a lot of promises, but nobody fulfills those promises," he said.
Wally Leopold said he went to vote so he'd have the right to complain.
Those watching the polls in support of their particular candidates were vocal about why they were there.
"Vote for number two and number five: John and Elsie," said 4-year-old India Prince at Sprauve School, referring to gubernatorial candidate John deJongh and senator-at-large contender Elsie Thomas-Trotman.
Thomas-Trotman's aunt, Ina Lee, was also on duty under an awning.
"I hope a lot of Democrats come out," she said.
At Guy Benjamin School in Coral Bay, Kristen Cox said she supported deJongh and his running mate, Gregory Francis, because she liked what deJongh had to say.
"He's sincere about his answers," she said.
She said she thought the deJongh/Francis team would follow through.
Gilbert Sprauve passed out campaign literature for gubernatorial candidate Edgar Ross and his running mate, Sen. Lorraine Berry, as well as his cousin, senatorial candidate Patrick Simeon Sprauve. The candidate was also on hand to chat up voters.
"It's been going very well, there's a big interest this year," he said.
Out in Coral Bay, Ronnie Jones was also wearing a Ross/Berry T-shirt.
"I felt it was my civic responsibility to be part of the process, and I was asked," Jones said.
He said that education was the main issue for him.
The Vargrave Richards/Roy Jackson team also had its supporters.
"It's going very well," said Clemmie Duncan, wearing the gold Richards/Jackson T-shirt.
Turn out seemed good.
"People are coming in steady from this morning," said deJongh pollwatcher Lenyse Shomo at Sprauve School.
At noon at Sprauve School, 155 people had voted.
At around 2 p.m. at Guy Benjamin School, 66 people had voted.
While the pollwatchers were there to support their candidates, a sense of camaraderie prevailed among all those on hand to pass out literature and wear their candidates' colors.
"It's a Love City occasion," Jones said.

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