January 1995, Donna with former St. John administrator James Dalmida at Julius E Sprauve School during her first campaign for Delegate.
After skipping St. John in her Saturday, March 15, announcements of her candidacy for Governor on St. Croix and St. Thomas, Del. to Congress Donna Christensen brought her 2014 campaign to Love City on Sunday, March 16.
As the 2014 political campaign season warms up, Christensen literally turned up the volume on her campaign with running mate Lt. Governor candidate Basil Ottley Jr. for a large crowd moving to the beat of a live music at the Frank Powell Park bandstand late into the evening.
Christensen, who had served as a U.S. Virgin Islands Democratic Party National Committeewoman, was first elected Delegate to Congress as Dr. Donna Christian Green in 1995.
“I ran because it was an open seat and people started asking me to run,” Christensen said.
“I hesitated,” she admitted. “You have to take a lot of licks in politics.”
In the 2014 gubernatorial race, Christensen acknowledges her almost 20 years of Washington experience give her the tools and contacts to work with Washington. D.C., to resolve the territory’s festering fiscal problems.
“I never wanted to be Governor,” Christensen said during a lull early in the Sunday evening event. “I thought about it, but it was not something I wanted to do.”
“I’m not one to not do something because it’s too hard,” Christensen added.
Christensen postponed her St. John kick-off in deference to the funeral of St. Johnian Magarbi Matthews in Cruz Bay on March 8, which was attended by the Delegate, Governor John P. deJongh and other government officials.