Democrats Nominate St. Thomas Attorney as Gubernatorial Candidate
CHARLOTTE AMALIE, U.S. Virgin Islands (AP) _ Alexander Farrelly, a 63-year-old former U.S. attorney, was the apparent winner in Tuesday’s primary election to select the Democratic Party’s gubernatorial candidate.
Early returns were heavily in his favor, and his only opponent, territorial Sen. Lorraine Berry, 36, conceded.
With 13 out of 32 precincts in the St. Thomas-St. John district reporting, Farrelly had 1,277 votes to Berry’s 242. On neighboring St. Croix, Farrelly led Berry 1,863 to 666 in results from 20 of the island’s 25 polling places.
Farrelly will face former Lt. Gov. Julio Brady, a Democrat-turned- Republican; independent Dr. Roy Schneider, a former health commissioner, and Sen. Adelbert Bryan of the Independent Citizens Movement, in the November general election.
Brady, who is Luis’ lieutenant governor, switched political parties earlier this year to seek the Republican nomination. He ran unopposed in the Republican primary Tuesday.
Residents of the Virgin Islands, a U.S. territory in the Caribbean east of Puerto Rico, are U.S. citizens and elect their own governor, attorney general and members of a territorial legislature.
Farrelly’s running mate for lieutenant governor is territorial Senate President Derek Hodge, 44. Brady is running with Sen. Lilliana Belardo de O’Neal, 42.
Democratic Gov. Juan Luis is completing two full terms and is barred by law from seeking a third term. He did not endorse either of his party’s candidates.