Democratic primary races hotly contested for governor, delegate and senate offices

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The 2014 primary election promises to be exciting as candidates vie for an open gubernatorial seat and an open seat for delegate to Congress.

A primary election is required before a General Election when the number of candidates in one political party is more than the total number of seats available in a particular office.

In the delegate's race, three Democrats are fighting for a chance to run against Republican Vincent Danet: Stacey Plaskett, Shawn-Michael Malone and Emmett Hansen II.

The race for Government House is even more broad, with six Democratic tickets to choose from: Donna Christensen and Basil Ottley Jr.; Gerard Luz James II and Winston Brathwaite; Marvin Pickering and Calford Martin; Gregory Francis and Patrick Simeon Sprauve; Adlah Donastorg Jr. and Angel Torres; and Moleto Smith and Hubert Frederick.

The winner of the primary will go on to the General Election, where they will face at least three no party or ICM challengers.

The St. Thomas-St. John District Senate race pits 11 Democrats fighting for the seven Democratic spots on the General Election ballot.

Incumbent senators Donald Cole, Myron Jackson, Clifford Graham, Clarence Payne III and Janette Millin Young will try to retain their seats.

Jean Forde, Julia Joseph Simon, Marvin Blyden, Sean Georges, Justin Harrigan Sr. and Gregory Miller are the rest of the Democratic Party's senatorial hopefuls.

In the St. Croix District, 14 Democrats are running for a chance to fill one of the seven slots.

Three of the Democrats running in the primary are incumbent senators Sammuel Sanes, Kenneth Gittens and Sen. Diane Capehart.

The rest of the senatorial candidates vying for a spot on the Democratic slate include: former senator Neville James, former Police Commissioner Novelle Francis Jr., Collin Hodge, Malcolm McGregor, George Moore, former senator Carol Burke, Paul Arnold Jr., Omar Henry, Eugene LaCorbiniere, Kurt Vialet and Troy Mason.

The other political parties do not have more than seven nominations, so those candidates do not have to run in a primary election.

A primary election for the Senate At-large seat is unnecessary, according to Elections Supervisor Caroline Fawkes, because only one person from any political party is running.

Four Democrats in each district are running for a seat on their respective districts' board of Elections.

On St. Croix, four Democrats are fighting for three open slots on the General Election ballot: Rupert Ross Jr., Raymond Williams, Beverly Joseph and Barbara Jackson-McIntosh.

The political parties also are holding races for various party positions.

The polls open at 7 a.m. and close a 7 p.m. Saturday.

On St. Thomas, Charlotte Amalie High School, Tutu Park Mall, Gladys Abraham Elementary School, Addelita Cancryn Junior High School and Joseph Sibilly Elementary School polling sites will be open to voters.

Sprauve School will be the only poll on St. John.

On St. Croix, polls will be Alexander Henderson Elementary School, St. Croix Educational Complex, Ricardo Richards Elementary, Juanita Gardine Elementary and Pearl B. Larsen Elementary.

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