The St. Thomas-St. John District Board of Elections must certify the April 8 special election results, according to a judge’s order, clearing the way for Janelle Sarauw to take the vacant seat in the V.I. Senate. Board members said Thursday they will deal with the issue in two weeks. According to a short ruling issued Thursday by Superior Court Judge Kathleen Mackay, Sarauw had “no other means” of obtaining emergency relief and is therefore entitled mandamus relief.
At a meeting Thursday of the Joint Board of Elections, members from St. Croix District made it clear they would not be responsible for helping to settle the issue, since it was a St. Thomas-St. John District matter.
Board members read into the record a letter from Senate President Myron Jackson detailing the Senate’s decision not to admit one-time Senator-elect Kevin Rodriquez as a member, a decision the Senate made June 28.