Nov. 7, 2006 – V.I. voters on Tuesday decisively sent Donna Christensen back to Washington, D.C., where she hopes to return to a slightly different workplace.
With 98 percent of votes counted in the territory, Christensen took nearly 63 percent.
It wasn't clear by press time if Christensen's fellow Democrats would retake the House, as many predicted, but the veteran lawmaker seemed to think it was a sealed deal.
"I'm looking forward to going into a Democratic House," she said, after defeating Warren B. Mosler, an independent.
"The Democrat agenda is really geared toward what the Virgin Islands needs," Christensen said by telephone from a celebration party, where she had to ask supporters to turn down the music so she could speak to reporters.
Mosler, a St. Croix financial investment advisor, was not available for comment, a woman answering the telephone at his headquarters said.
Christensen said she hopes to bring the V.I. Housing Authority back under local control. The federal government took control of the authority three years ago after years of financial mismanagement.
Other priorities for Christensen include getting more federal health care dollars and changing new rules that require charter boat captains to report passenger logs ahead of time.
"My heartfelt gratitude to all the people of the Virgin Islands," Christensen said.
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