Both had also been the top vote getters in the Democratic primary, and credited their continued leads to solid platforms that deal with everyday community issues.
“It was important for us to remain focused on the issues,” said Barnes, who received 7,310 votes, said from St. Croix Tuesday, according to unofficial returns. “With all that was going on in this election, we kept the high road, listened to the voters and put their concerns first. Now, we move forward focused on mental health, workforce development, streamlining government processes and other critical items.”
“This is a brand new campaign, with new people with fresh ideas talking about changing direction, and it’s time we started doing that,” said Cecil Benjamin, territorial chair for the Democratic Party. “They’re young folks, well qualified, well prepared, and I think they can put us on a new path. We’re a party of progress, opportunities, and we’re going to take care of these issues that are of utmost concern to the people of the Virgin Islands, and having these leaders in there, working together, is the first step toward getting that done.”