President Obama Endorses Gov. John deJongh

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Governor John deJongh and First Lady Cecile deJongh share a smile with President Barack Obama, who endorsed the incumbent Virgin Islands governor last week.

President Barack Obama announced last week his endorsement of Governor John deJongh for re-election as Governor of the U.S. Virgin Islands.

“Governor deJongh is a proven leader. He has done a tremendous job and deserves re-election,” said President Obama. “His hard work has led to steady improvement in the Virgin Islands and his efforts to build the local economy and improve public education and health care for all in the territory have been impressive. I am proud to stand with John, and his running-mate Greg Francis, and support their campaign for re-election.”

“I am deeply honored to have President Obama’s endorsement,” said Governor deJongh. “I am determined to continue my work to keep our local economy moving forward and to build a better future for all Virgin Islanders. I thank the President for his support and for his inspiring leadership.”

Governor John deJongh and Lt. Governor Greg Francis are running for a second term in office. The Governor has been a strong supporter of President Obama’s legislative priorities including the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, health care reform and financial regulatory reform.

Governor deJongh’s policies and priorities build upon the interconnection of sound education and training of Virgin Islanders, the creation of economic opportunities for all by facilitating investment in local industries, and rigorous efforts to assure public safety.