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St. Thomas Senator Millin Young and St. Croix Chamber President Bengoa To Challenge Mapp

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CHRISTIANSTED — St. Croix Chamber of Commerce President Edgar Bengoa confirmed today he would be running as the Lieutenant Governor candidate on a ticket with St. Thomas Sen. Janette Millin Young in the November gubernatorial elections.

Although it’s not official, the word on the street was that Millin Young and Bengoa would be running this year.

Their candidacy brings to nearly 20 the number of candidates who will challenge Gov. Kenneth Mapp and Lt. Gov. Osbert Potter in the fall.

Word is that Mapp will announce an “October Surprise” just before the elections in November that British Petroleum (BP) is buying the South Shore oil refinery on St. Croix and again operating the former HOVENSA plant as an oil and gas producing facility.

The official announcement was made May 9 at Emerald Beach Resort in St. Thomas.

In January of 2018, Mapp called Millin Young, a sitting St. Thomas senator, a “setty fowl” and said she was “stupid” for questioning the Limetree Bay Terminals proposal on St. Croix.




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John McCarthy

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John McCarthy has been reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands and the Caribbean region since 1989. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is originally from Detroit, Michigan.


  1. Patrick Deery
    May 3, 2018 at 3:53 PM — Reply

    Why??? It is obvious you are biased against Sen. Milan Young.
    There is only negative connotations with that photo. Just remove the damn thing, wherever you’ve posted it.

    I’m disappointed in your journalism.

  2. Claudette OBrien
    July 22, 2019 at 6:38 PM — Reply

    Good evening,

    My name is Claudette OBrien and I live in Brooklyn, NY.
    I am the granddaughter of one Viola Millin , the eldest child of her parents at the turn of the nineteenth century. Ms. Viola married James O’Neill Douglas from St KittsI the 1920’s. They made their way to Harlem in the 1930’s and had three children, two boys and a girl. The girl, Marilyn Amelia Douglas was my mother. They’ve since passed away and I’m an only child with grown children. Being an only child, It’s been a lifelong dream of mine to know my family at home in St Thomas. Now retired from law enforcement I finally have the time and resources to seek them out. Viola had many brothers and three sisters who’ve all passed on. The last family member who lived in V.I. to pass on that I know of was Edward Hatchette, Violas nephew. Can you somehow help me connect to my family?

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