V.I. candidates' spots on primary ballots set

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Candidates and their representatives pulled numbers out of a box Friday to decide which spot they will take on the primary election ballot.

Some candidates who filed nomination papers either voluntarily withdrew or were disqualified and were not eligible to cast lots Friday. Two gubernatorial tickets have been dropped from the ballot: Soraya Diase Coffelt/Warren Mosler and Dale Francis/Kelvin Gonzalez.

Supervisor of Elections Caroline Fawkes said the candidates were issued notices of defect - meaning something was missing from their nomination packets - and not corrected within the three days given.

Two senator at-large candidates also were disqualified: James Dalmida Jr. and Jodi Hodge, according to Fawkes.

Hodge did not meet the St. John residency requirements to run as senator at-large but will be allowed to run for St. Thomas-St. John District senator, Fawkes said.

Dalmida did not respond to the notice of defect in time and was withdrawn from the race, she said.

Three candidates will face off in the Democratic primary for the V.I. delegate to Congress seat, and six sets of gubernatorial candidates and their running mates will be on the Democratic primary ballot.

The territory's primary election is Aug. 2.

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

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