Donastorg advertisement misstates on tax liens

ST. THOMAS - Gubernatorial candidate Adlah Donastorg Jr. did not respond to the questionnaire for The Daily News Voter Guide, but in his paid advertisement, he answered "no" to the question about ever having tax liens.

Upon further investigation, two tax liens totalling $22,116 were found at the Recorder of Deeds office, although Donastorg says they are "totally inaccurate."

He said he knew he had an outstanding balance, and is in the process of paying it off, but he said he did not know a lien had been filed and the amounts listed are wrong.

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Obamacare clarification raises new questions

ST. CROIX - The territory is seeking clarification from the U.S. Health and Human Services Department about the federal agency's revised view that the territories are exempt from certain provisions of the Affordable Care Act.

"We just need them to be clearer on some of these issues," said John McDonald, Director of the Division of Banking and Insurance within the V.I. Lieutenant Governor's Office.

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Brother of first suspect charged in Frydenhoj shooting

ST. THOMAS - V.I. Police have arrested a second suspect in connection with a non-fatal shooting at the end of June near the Frydenhoj ballpark.

Akeam Davis, whose brother - 41-year-old Michael Davis - already was arrested in connection with the shooting, was charged with first-degree assault; aiding and abetting; and using a firearm during a crime of violence, according to court documents.

Akeam Davis, 37, from Estate Tutu, appeared Tuesday in V.I. Superior Court for his advice-of-rights hearing.

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V.I.'s GDP tumbles by two-thirds as payroll holds steady

ST. THOMAS - Though the territory's revenue dropped from $19.5 billion in 2007 to $6.8 billion in 2012, its annual payroll to employees has hardly budged from $1.1 billion, according to an economic report from the U.S. Census.

In late 2012, between October and December, the U.S. Department of Commerce's Census Bureau sent out about 3,000 30-question surveys to businesses in the territory, asking that the surveys be returned by February 2013.

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Driver faces negligent homicide charges in homeless man's death

ST. THOMAS - V.I. Police arrested a 55-year-old man and charged him with negligent homicide in connection with the April death of a homeless man who had been crossing the road when he was struck by a vehicle.

Cuthbert Thomas appeared in V.I. Superior Court on Monday for his advice of rights hearing. His bail was set at $500.

Thomas told police that he was driving on Weymouth Rhymer Highway just after 9 p.m. April 1 when he checked a phone call, causing him to take his eyes off of the road momentarily.

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Cruise brings cargo of books to Virgin Islands children

ST. CROIX - A small group of smiling children from the Boys and Girls Club of St. Croix stood proxy for children across the island Tuesday as passengers from the Carnival Valor cruise ship donated more than 2,000 books to the community.

Fran Geocaris, who welcomed the group on behalf of the St. Croix Hotel and Tourism Association, said the association is about more than just working towards finding ways to raise hotel occupancy on the island, but it is also about making improvements any way it can to help the community.

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Senators decorate pay stub bill with amendments

ST. THOMAS - Senators tacked a number of unrelated amendments onto a bill at Monday's session.

The bill, if signed by Gov. John deJongh Jr., would give government retirees the option of receiving either a paper check stub for their annuity payment or a digital pay stub.

Senate President Shawn-Michael Malone allowed each senator to offer a maximum of two unrelated amendments to the bill, and they attached nine amendments to the bill Monday.

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ST. CROIX - A Frederiksted man appeared in V.I. Superior Court on Tuesday morning to be advised of his rights after police arrested him and said he choked a woman and threatened her with his handgun.

Peter Wiltshire, 38, of Estate Mars Hill was arrested just after 1 p.m. Monday and charged with second-degree assault; third-degree assault; and unauthorized possession of a firearm after the woman contacted police Saturday afternoon and reported that Wiltshire had assaulted her.

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Federal inspectors make surprise visit to Luis Hospital to examine complaints

ST. CROIX - Luis Hospital is once again under the regulatory microscope.

Federal inspectors from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services - CMS - showed up at the troubled hospital Monday morning in a surprise visit to conduct a weeklong, full inspection of the facility and to investigate complaints, officials said.

Luis Hospital Interim Chief Executive Officer Dr. Kendall Griffith said he does not know the nature of the complaints. That information, he said, was not provided to local hospital officials.

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Trial begins for two men accused of killing man in Pearson Gardens

ST. THOMAS - Attorneys defending the two men accused of murdering 24-year-old Shamal Smith in February 2012 made no effort in the first day of trial on Monday to lead the jury to believe that Smith's murder was anything but merciless.

Smith had been hiding under a truck when a gunman found him and shot at him head-on while he was laying on his stomach, according to Steven Russell, attorney for one of the defendants, Kahleem Rieara.

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WAPA nominees overcome opposition to get OK

ST. THOMAS - Eight of the governor's nominees to various boards and commissions were confirmed by the Senate on Monday, although three sitting members of the V.I. Water and Power Authority board seeking renomination to the board faced some opposition.

Gerald Groner and Juanita Young, both of whom have served as chairpersons of the WAPA board during their terms, received the most opposition, with five senators voting against Groner and four senators voting against Young.

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Medical marijuana referendum clears Senate

ST. THOMAS - The 30th Legislature passed a number of bills at Monday's session, including a measure to ask voters how they feel about legalizing medical marijuana in the territory.

The measure, if signed by Gov. John deJongh Jr., will place a non-binding referendum on the Nov. 4 ballot.

The ballot question would be: "Should the Legislature consider legislation that allows for the licensing and regulation of medicinal marijuana patients, care-givers, cultivators and distribution centers?"

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Help available for uninsured women who have cancer

The Human Services Department's Medical Assistance Program is now providing coverage for breast and cervical cancer treatment for uninsured women.

The territory recently received approval to offer coverage for breast and cervical cancer treatment to uninsured women from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services through an amendment to the Medicaid State Plan. The plan acts as a contract between the V.I. government and the federal government pertaining to management and operations of the Medical Assistance Program in the territory.

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Teen hospitalized after relative douses her with scalding coffee

ST. CROIX - A 16-year-old girl is in serious but stable condition at Luis Hospital after a family member threw a cup of boiling coffee on her in an attack Saturday afternoon.

The woman, Gregoria Davis of Estate La Grange was arrested and appeared before Magistrate Jessica Gallivan on Monday morning, charged with second-degree assault and child abuse, both as acts of domestic violence.

Gallivan advised Davis that if she is tried and convicted on the charges, she could be imprisoned for up to 10 years on the assault charge and up to an additional 20 years on the child abuse charge.

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Approval sought for 145-slip Coral Bay marina

ST. THOMAS - A private company has submitted plans to the V.I. Department of Planning and Natural Resources to develop a marina in Coral Harbor on St. John.

Summer's End Group LLC submitted a project permit application to the department several months ago, according to Anthony Richards, permits coordinator for the Coastal Zone Management Committee.

"It's quite a sizable marina," Richards said.

The Summer's End Yacht Club at the St. John Marina would be located in Coral Harbor across from Island Blues, Voyages and Coco Loba, according to the application. Summer's End expects to begin work in early 2015.

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Delegate candidates have outstanding tax liens

ST. THOMAS - After The Daily News checked primary election candidate records for outstanding tax liens, two candidates for delegate, Emmett Hansen II and Stacey Plaskett, were found to have outstanding liens totalling $80,190.

A handful of other candidates had past liens that were released, but everyone but Hansen and senatorial candidate Justin Harrigan Sr. were truthful about their liens on The Daily News Voter Guide candidate questionnaire.

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HOVENSA hikes price of regular, premium gas

ST. CROIX - The wholesale price of gasoline in the territory increased today as HOVENSA adjusted its rack rates.

The change will raise the rack rates - the price of fuel purchased wholesale at the HOVENSA truck-loading station on St. Croix - for regular gasoline by 11 cents per gallon and for premium gasoline by 10 cents per gallon. The price of diesel fuel did not change.

Under today's adjustments, independent gas station operators in the territory now are paying $3.50 per gallon for regular gasoline, $3.70 per gallon for premium gasoline, and $3.42 per gallon for diesel fuel when they buy their fuel wholesale at HOVENSA.

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Judge nixes requests to overturn murder conviction

ST. CROIX - Senior Sitting District Judge Raymond Finch has denied motions seeking acquittal made on behalf of two men based on allegations of juror misconduct, mishandling of evidence and lack of evidence during their trials.

Kalif Flanders and Gillian Harper both were found guilty by a federal jury in August 2011 of beating and killing Luis Orlando Encarnacion in 2010 behind Evelyn Williams Elementary School on St. Croix.

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4 stores reach $100,000 food-stamp-fraud settlement

ST. THOMAS - Four convenience stores in the territory have reached a settlement with the federal government after allegations that the stores unlawfully traded food stamp benefits for cash.

The settlement requires the four stores to pay the United States in excess of $100,000, and be permanently barred from participating in the Food Stamp Program, according to a statement from the U.S. Attorney's Office on Friday.

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Witness to 2013 murder slain

ST. THOMAS - A 21-year-old man who was a key witness in a 2013 murder trial was shot and killed late Saturday night, according to V.I. Police.

Police found Shaquille Alexander Percell unresponsive at 10:13 p.m. Saturday, his body riddled with bullets and still seated in a chair near the back of Building 8 of the Kirwan Terrace housing community on St. Thomas.

Police, who initially were responding to reports of shots fired in the housing community, said that Percell may have been approached and shot by more than one assailant.

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State Department reverses course on emergency passports

ST. THOMAS - The U.S. State Department has agreed to let Virgin Islanders continue - on an interim basis - to obtain emergency passports from the Miami Passport Agency by way of the V.I. delegate to Congress.

Earlier this month, the delegate and the Lt. Governor's Passport Office staff had been informed that as of July 11, any Virgin Islands resident needing an emergency or expedited passport would need to go to the San Juan Passport Agency to apply in person.

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Non-government work experience: Pan American Airlines & Delta Airlines, 1984-1992.

Elected/appointed work experience: N/A

Your military service, with dates and type of discharge: N/A

Education: University of the Virgin Islands, 1987, B.A.; University of the Virgin Islands, 1992, M.A.

Has a local or federal tax lien ever been placed on your personal assets, on property you own or have owned, or on a business you own? If yes, what is the status of the lien? No

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Non-government work experience: Hess/Hovensa, 1998-2012.

Elected/appointed work experience: None

Your military service, with dates and type of discharge: N/A

Education: Pensacola Christian College, Pensacola, Fla., 1990-1991; Hillsborough Community College, Tampa, Fla., 1992-Dec, 1994, A.A.; Florida A&M University, Tallahassee, Fla., 1995-1997, B.S.

Has a local or federal tax lien ever been placed on your personal assets, on property you own or have owned, or on a business you own? If yes, what is the status of the lien? No

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Non-government work experience: Please see attached Resume

Elected/appointed work experience: Senator, 28th Legislature of the Virgin Islands; Senator, 29th Legislature of the Virgin Islands; Senator, 30th Legislature of the Virgin Islands; Legislative Secretary - 28th and 29th Legislature of the Virgin Islands; Chairman, Public Safety, Homeland Security and Justice, 28th and 29th Legislatures of the Virgin Islands; Senate Vice President, 30th Legislature of the Virgin Islands; Chairman, Rules and Judiciary, 30th Legislature of the Virgin Islands

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Non-government work experience: American Red Cross, 1998 to present.

Elected/appointed work experience: Public Employees Relations Board St. Croix District, 2000-present; Democratic Party V.I. Territorial At-Large, 1998-present; Democratic Party V.I. St. Croix District, 1996-1998.

Your military service, with dates and type of discharge: N/A

Education: University of the Virgin Islands, 1999, B.A.

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Non-government work experience: Registered civil engineer.

Elected/appointed work experience:

Your military service, with dates and type of discharge: U.S. Army Reserves, 1969-1975, part of the 368th Battalion. Honorable discharge.

Education: Wentworth Technical Institute Boston, 1964-1966, A.S.; New England Collage, 1966-1968, B.S. in Civil Engineering.

Has a local or federal tax lien ever been placed on your personal assets, on property you own or have owned, or on a business you own? If yes, what is the status of the lien? No.

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Non-government work experience: Director of public relations at a local telecommunications companies from 2005-2010.

Elected/appointed work experience: Senator since January 2011

Your military service, with dates and type of discharge: N/A

Education: Loyola University, New Orleans, La., 1991, B.A.

Has a local or federal tax lien ever been placed on your personal assets, on property you own or have owned, or on a business you own? If yes, what is the status of the lien? Yes. Over fifteen years ago, I had a lien placed on my property which was resolved.

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Non-government work experience: CG Consulting, Owner, 2012-2013; Walbridge Aldinger, Detroit, Project/Field Engineer, 1989-1990.

Elected/appointed work experience: Senator, Legislature of the Virgin Islands, 2013-present. Virgin Islands Housing Finance Authority, Executive Director, 07/2001 - 04/2011.

Your military service, with dates and type of discharge: None

Education: Hampton University, Hampton, Va., 1986-1989, B.S.; University of the Virgin Islands, 1983-1986, Part Time.

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Non-government work experience:

None.

Elected/appointed work experience: Director of the Office of Veterans Affairs, 2002-2007.

Your military service, with dates and type of discharge: United States Armed Forces (ARMY) 1967-1970, Honorable.

Education: John Jay College New York City, 19790-1985, B.S.

Has a local or federal tax lien ever been placed on your personal assets, on property you own or have owned, or on a business you own? If yes, what is the status of the lien? No

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Non-government work experience: None

Elected/appointed work experience:

Your military service, with dates and type of discharge: None

Education: University of the Virgin Islands, 2000, Masters in Business Administration; UVI, 1997, B.A.

Has a local or federal tax lien ever been placed on your personal assets, on property you own or have owned, or on a business you own? If yes, what is the status of the lien? No.

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Non-government work experience: President, We From UpStreet, Inc., 2008-2012; Founder/President, Virgin Islands Genealogical Society, 1990-2012; board member, Caribbean Genealogical Library, 2009-2011; noard member, St. Thomas Historical Trust, 1973 and 2001; board member, Virgin Islands Council on the Arts, 1993.

Elected/appointed work experience: a. Senator, 30th Legislature of the Virgin Islands - 2013 to present; delegate, 5th Constitutional Convention, 2008-2012.

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Non-government work experience: None.

Elected/appointed work experience: Senator, 23rd and 24th Legislatures; Assistant Director of Libraries, Archives and Museums, 2007 to 2012; Public Services Commission 2006 to 2012; senator, 30th Legislature.

Your military service, with dates and type of discharge: None.

Education: College of the Virgin Islands, 1977 to 1979; Kent State University, 1980 to 1982, B.A.; University of the Virgin Islands, 1993 to 1995, Master of Public Administration.

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Non-government work experience: Adjunct Professor, Social Work, 1998-2000, Norfolk State University, Va.

Elected/appointed work experience: 30th Legislature of the Virgin Islands, 2013 to present.

Your military service, with dates and type of discharge: N/A

Education: Norfolk State University, B.A.; Norfolk State University, M.S.W.

Has a local or federal tax lien ever been placed on your personal assets, on property you own or have owned, or on a business you own? If yes, what is the status of the lien? No.

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Non-government work experience: Pepsi Co., management/sales; Marriott's Frenchman's Reef Beach Resort, management.

Elected/appointed work experience: N/A

Your military service, with dates and type of discharge: N/A

Education: Dickerson Business School, 1987.

Has a local or federal tax lien ever been placed on your personal assets, on property you own or have owned, or on a business you own? If yes, what is the status of the lien? No 

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Non-government work experience: Crothal American Cleaning Company at John's Hopkins Memorial Hospital, 1991.

Elected/appointed work experience: Confidential Secretary/Human Resources Officer at the Bureau of Information Technology, 2006. I also prepared the budget for the Bureau before a Finance Manager; Secretary, St. Thomas/St. John Foster and Adoptive Parent's Association.

Your military service, with dates and type of discharge: V.I. National Guard, 1975-1978; U.S. Marine Corps, 1980; V.I. National Guard, 1985-2008.

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Non-government work experience: Ottley Communications, 1997 to present; St. Thomas-St. John Chamber of Commerce Assistant Executive Director 1989 to 1997.

Elected/appointed work experience:

Your military service, with dates and type of discharge:

Education: College of the Virgin Islands, A.A., 1984; College of the Virgin Islands, B.A., 1985.

Has a local or federal tax lien ever been placed on your personal assets, on property you own or have owned, or on a business you own? If yes, what is the status of the lien? Yes. This has since been resolved and there are no current liens on either my personal or business account.

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Non-government work experience: Television Production Manager, WSVI-TV8, 1983-1999. Television Production Manager, TV2 STX, 1999-2002.

Elected/appointed work experience: Virgin Islands Public Television Board of Directors, 2008 to present.

Your military service, with dates and type of discharge: None

Education: American Inter-Continental University, Chicago, 2006, AABA;Florida Metropolitan University, 2007, ASHS; American Inter-Continental University, 2007, BFA.

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Non-government work experience: Protocol officer, V.I. Legislature, current; office manager, Senate President Louis Hill, April 2009; policy advisor, Senate President Ronald Russell, 2011-2012.

Elected/appointed work experience: Served as Assistant Commissioner of Labor for Employment and Training under the Farrelly Admistration; Senator Majority Leader, 22nd Legislature, 1997-1998; appointed to 100th Emancipation Commemorative Commission, 1998; appointed to V.I. Water and Power Authority Board, 1999.

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Non-government work experience: Project Manager for AT&T, 2004-2005; Program Manager for AT&T, 2000-2004; Supervisor Virgin Islands Telephone Company, 1995-1999

Elected/appointed work experience: Acting Director of the Bureau of Information Technology, 2008-2011

Your military service, with dates and type of discharge: U.S. Army, 1978-1995, honorable discharge

Education: Strayer University Washington, D.C., 2006, M.A.; National Louis University Chicago, 2002, B.S.

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Non-government work experience: Hyatt Regency/Baltimore, 1986-1989

Elected/appointed work experience: DeJongh / Francis Administration, 2007-2012

Your military service, with dates and type of discharge: N/A

Education: Saint Leo University, 1985, B.A.; University of the Virgin Islands, 1993-1997, M.B.A.

Has a local or federal tax lien ever been placed on your personal assets, on property you own or have owned, or on a business you own? If yes, what is the status of the lien? No

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Non-government work experience: Owner, Massive Productions & Consultations Inc. and LLC, 1992 to present; owning partner, Event Planner "A Taste of St. Croix Inc., 2001 to present; owner, Subway Golden Rock, March 2012 to present; owner, Martinis Nightclub, February 2014 to present.

Elected/appointed work experience: N/A

Your military service, with dates and type of discharge: None

Education: University of the Virgin Islands, A.A., B.A.

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Non-government work experience: Volunteer, founding member of St. Croix Rescue Squad, Inc., 1980-2005; Business Owner Partner, 2011 to current

Elected/appointed work experience: 2009- Commissioner (Appointed); 2007- Assistant Commissioner (Appointed); 2001- Territorial Chief of Police (Appointed); 1997- Deputy Chief of Police (Appointed); 1996- Lieutenant; 1995- Sergeant; 1987- Joined Police Academy

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Non-government work experience: Cheney Bay Resort, 1988; Neighbor Support Network, 1990; Cormorant Hotel, 1992 to 1993; Work Able, Vocational Rehab; Work Opportunities, Vocational Rehab; Carambola Beach Resort.

Elected/appointed work experience: Senator, 30th Legislature, 2012.

Your military service, with dates and type of discharge: None

Education: Harcum College, Bryn Mawr, Penn., credits for major in hospitality

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Non-government work experience: Director of Mutuels, Randall "Doc" James Racetrack, 1992-1995; Radio Talk Show Host "The Word", WSTX 970AM, 2000­-2004

Elected/appointed work experience: Senator 26th, 27th, 28th & 29th Virgin Islands Legislature 01/2005­01/2013

Your military service, with dates and type of discharge: None

Education: University of Miami, Fla., 1987, B.A.

Has a local or federal tax lien ever been placed on your personal assets, on property you own or have owned, or on a business you own? If yes, what is the status of the lien? No

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Non-government work experience: N/A

Elected/appointed work experience: Senator, 30th Legislature of the V. I., 2013-2015

Your military service, with dates and type of discharge: None

Education: Columbia Southern University, 2011, M.S.; 2008 - Columbia Southern University, 2008, B.S.; John Jay College of Criminal Justice, 2000, A.S.

Has a local or federal tax lien ever been placed on your personal assets, on property you own or have owned, or on a business you own? If yes, what is the status of the lien? No

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The Virgin Islands Board of Elections is tasked with the territory's primary, general and special elections, to register voters and to develop rules and regulations for the administration and enforcement of election laws.

The boards also have the power to investigate election fraud and to report suspicious activities to the V.I. Justice Department

Each of the two districts has its own board, which meet jointly at least four times a year to discuss and set election policy and to ensure that rules and regulations are uniform throughout the territory.

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If you believe that you are a registered V.I. voter and that you are eligible to vote in a specific election district but Board of Elections workers at the polling place cannot immediately verify your eligibility, you are entitled, under V.I. law, to cast a provisional ballot.

When your eligibility is verified, your vote will be counted in with all others cast by eligible voters.

You have the right to cast a provisional ballot if any of the following happen:

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Non-government work experience: Night Manager/Auditor, The Ritz-Carlton, St. Thomas, 1997-1998

Elected/appointed work experience: Senator, St. Thomas-St. John District, Legislature of the U.S. Virgin Islands, 2003-present; Senate President, 30th Legislature of the U.S. Virgin Islands 2013-2014; Liaison to the Department of Interior Office of Insular Affairs, 2011-2012; Liaison to the U.S. House of Representatives, 2003-2004; Chairman, St. Thomas-St. John Board of Elections, 1999-2002; Vice-Chairman, Virgin Islands Joint Boards of Elections, 1999-2002; Ex-officio member, Public Service Commission, 2003-2004; Chairman, Virgin Islands Law Revision Commission, Jan. 2002 - 2005

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Non-government work experience: Director of Housing Development, Lutheran Social Services, 1996 to 1997; board member, St. Croix Chamber of Commerce, 1998 to 2000; V.I. Parole Board 1988 to 1994.

Elected/appointed work experience: V.I. senator 2001 to 2004; V.I. Democratic state chairman, 2010 to 2012; V.I. Democratic National committeeman, 2012 to 2016.

Your military service, with dates and type of discharge: V.I. National Guard/U.S. Army Reserve, October 1986 to October 1994.

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Non-government work experience: Nichols, Newman, Logan and Grey, St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands, Associate, 2006-2007; UnitedHealth Group, AmeriChoice, Vienna, Va., and New York, Deputy General Counsel, 2004-2006; MarchFIRST (formerly the Mitchell Madison Group), New York, N.Y., In-House Counsel, 1998-1999; Bronx County District Attorney's Office, Bronx, N.Y., Assistant District Attorney, 1994-1997

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