Nov. 7, 2006 – "Change" was a word on the minds of several St. John voters as they left the island's polling stations Tuesday. "When I was undecided, I went with change," Marcy Appel said as she left the Julius E. Sprauve School polling place.
Robin Clair said she hoped for improvements when the new government takes office. "The wheels move too slowly," she said, using real estate tax bills as an example.
Clair, who is the manager of Estate Zootenvaal guest cottages, said it's been difficult to explain to the mainland owners why they've yet to received their tax bill, which was supposed to be sent out in June.
Both Sprauve and Guy Benjamin schools, the island's two polling places, were busy.
"We started with 10 to 15 people at 7. There's been a constant flow," Board of Elections facilitator Madeline Sewer said at Sprauve School.
Yvonne Wells, who was in charge of the Guy Benjamin School polling place, said the turnout was steady.
"We're happy to see so many people," she said.
All the gubernatorial teams on Tuesday's ballot had supporters staffing tables at both polling places.
Sen. Adlah "Foncie" Donastorg and his running mate, Dr. Cora Christian, trekked all the way out to Coral Bay Tuesday morning to greet supporters and voters.
Donastorg said they started in Coral Bay because politicians don't often listen to the residents' concerns. "We're all-inclusive," he said.
Cheryl Miller, a former St. John resident now living on St. Thomas, is still registered to vote at Sprauve School. She said she wouldn't miss voting on St. John.
"I come to see old friends and to put deJongh in Government House," she said.
She said she planned to vote for John deJongh and his running mate, Greg Francis, because they're honest, will analyze what to do about the territory's problems and pick the right people to solve them.
Camile Paris Jr., on hand in Coral Bay to support the Ken Mapp and Almando "Rocky" Liburd gubernatorial team, said he picked them because they had more experience. "He's the better candidate," he said of Mapp.
Delegate Donna M. Christensen, running against Warren Mosler, had supporters in both Cruz and Coral bays.
"We're trying to get the women in power," Christensen supporter Barbara Thompson said as she sat under a tent in Coral Bay.
Except for senator-at-large candidates Carmen Wesselhoft and Sen. Craig Barshinger, campaign workers for the other senatorial candidates were in short supply.
However, St. John resident Lorelei Monsanto, running for one of the seven seats in the St. Thomas/St. John district, did have several people supporting her at both Cruz and Coral bays.
"We're trying to get more representation for St. John. It's supposed to be the St. Thomas/St. John district, but St. John is usually left off that," Todd Roskin said, as he handed out campaign literature.
While most of the people at the polling places were supporters or voters, girls from the Alpha Kappa Alpha Young Pearls program set up a tent to sell cupcakes, sweet potato pudding and tarts.
Resident Sylvia Weaver summed why she came out to vote. "It is a great privilege. And if you don't vote you can't complain," she said.
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