Sept. 11, 2006 – Senator Russell would like to thank all the persons in St. Croix who voted for him in the Democratic election on September 9, 2006. According to Senator Russell, "I believe the results show that the institution is maturing. It also shows that the electorate is listening and watching the issues very closely; they are well informed and acknowledge that the democratic majority has done a lot for the Virgin Islands this year." Senator Russell attributes part of his success to his radio program in which he informs the public of the work of the legislature and tries to portray the Virgin Islands in a positive light.
Senator Russell stated, "I would also like to extend a special thanks to the people of St. Croix who came out and voted on Saturday. I am truly appreciative and grateful by the level of support that I received and am looking forward to your continued support in the general election in November. We have a lot of important legislation to pass in the 27th Legislature, and with the support of the community, the senate will continue to be a Democratic-controlled body, capable of passing the necessary legislation so needed in St. Croix and the territory."
In the senate primary election, Senator Russell placed first with 3,145 votes. He was followed by incumbents Juan Figueroa-Serville and Neville James. The strong showing of the incumbents in both districts clearly indicates that the 26th Legislature has represented the people well and done the people's business in a cordial and respectful atmosphere.
"The primary was the beginning and now we all must campaign, respond to public inquiry, and make our issues and concerns available for public discussion. The American democracy is strong in the territory and with the continued participation of our residents, the democratic ideals will be strengthened," concluded Senator Russell.
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