(V. I. Consortium) ST. THOMAS — The April 8 special election will move forward after U.S. District Court Judge Curtis Gomez denied a motion by Kevin Rodriquez to stay or delay the election while an appeal of the matter was ongoing.

The Wednesday four-page ruling was yet another blow for Mr. Rodriquez, who was barred from being seated in the 32nd Legislature by the Supreme Court of the Virgin Islands because or residency discrepancies.

The would-be senator has appealed the case to the Third Circuit Court of Appeals, and in a letter addressed to the St. Thomas Board of Election — which was discussed at a meeting last week — Mr. Rodriquez’s attorney, Francis Jackson, argued on the behalf of his client that the special election would cause Mr. Rodriquez “irreparable harm,” as it would make naught his own election. Mr. Francis said the board should wait until a decision is reached by the Third Circuit Court of Appeals. However, the board said it would move forward while remaining pliable in light of the appeal.

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