Farrelly Elected Governor in Run-Off Election
CHARLOTTE AMALIE, U.S. Virgin Islands (AP) _ Democrat Alexander Farrelly was elected governor of the U.S. Virgin Islands in a run-off election Tuesday, officials said.
Farrelly had 12,650 votes to 6,549 for Sen. Adelbert Bryan of the Independent Citizens Movement.
Officials said their totals represented all the ballots cast on the island of St. Croix and more than half of the votes on St. Thomas, the two major islands in the Virgin Islands group.
Farrelly’s total was enough to give a majority when all the votes were counted, they said.
A run-off election was called because none of the four candidates gained a majority in the Nov. 4 general election.
Farrelly will replace Gov. Juan Luis of the Independent Citizens Movement, an offshoot of the of the Democratic Party, who held the post for two consecutive four-year terms and was barred by law from running again until 1990.
Running with Farrelly was Derek Hodge, 45, president of the Virgin Islands Senate. Hodge will serve as lieutenant governor.
Farrelly unsuccessfully ran for governor in 1970, the first year Virgin Islanders elected their own governor, and again in 1974. Both times he lost to the late Gov. Melvin Evans, a Republican who also was the territory’s last appointed governor.
On Nov. 4, voters elected 15 senators for the territorial legislature and delegate to the U.S. Congress.
The islands with a population of about 100,000 are located east of Puerto Rico and about 1,600 miles southeast of Florida.