Delegate to Congress* Plaskett to represent Democrats in November vote


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ST. THOMAS - In the most hotly contested race for delegate to Congress in more than a decade, it was Stacey Plaskett who Democrats chose to run in the November election.

Plaskett brought in 4,224 votes, beating out second-place finisher Shawn-Michael Malone by 737 votes.

The third Democrat vying for the chance to run in the General Election was Emmett Hansen II, who came in third with 664 votes.

"I actually feel very overwhelmed with gratitude to all my family, supporters and volunteers and all the people who came out and voted today in the really bad weather," Plaskett said.

The three candidates all filed Federal Election Commission complaints about each other during the campaign. First, Malone and Hansen filed complaints against Plaskett for what she called a "glitch" that caused Gov. John deJongh Jr.'s official website to be linked to her campaign.

Plaskett later filed an FEC complaint against Malone for a number of accusations, including that he used Golden Grove inmates to put up a campaign tent. Malone flatly denied the accusation.

Plaskett said she has been campaigning for a long time, and although at times the race was sidetracked, she tried to stay focused on the issues.

She will face Republican Vincent Danet in the Nov. 4 election.

"I'm really focused on working with the Democrats to get through the General Election," she said. "And my strategy going forward is to really look at issues and articulate a vision that really resonates and speaks to the passion that I believe the people of the territory have for our future and the viable solutions that are going to take us there."

For Malone, the loss in the primary means he is out of a job.

In the territory a candidate can only run for one office, so the current Senate president of the 30th Legislature will not be able to keep his Senate seat at the end of the term in January.

Despite the loss, Malone said he was feeling good and is proud of the campaign he and his team ran.

"I have to congratulate Stacey Plaskett on a hard-fought campaign," Malone said. "I wish her the best, and as a Democrat, I will support her nomination to run in the general."

"I would also like to thank Sen. Hansen for offering himself to serve as well," Malone said.

Malone said in the next two years he plans to attend graduate school and obtain a master's degree and prepare to run again for delegate to Congress in 2016.

"I'm going to, of course, finish my term in the 30th Legislature, we have some unfinished work to do, obviously," Malone said. "Then I will be going to seek my Democratic nomination in 2016."

Hansen could not be reached for comment.

- Contact reporter Aldeth Lewin at 714-9111 or email alewin@dailynews.vi.

Candidate Votes %

Stacey Plaskett 4,224 50.40

Shawn-Michael Malone 3,487 41.61

Emmett Hansen II 664 7.92

Write in 6 0.07

*Unofficial results

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