Adlah Donastorg Jr.

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Adlah Donastorg
Personal details
Born (1961-12-30) 30 December 1961 (age 53)
St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Alma mater University of the Virgin Islands
University of Phoenix
Madison University

Adlah Alphonso Donastorg, Jr. (born December 30, 1961) is a U.S. Virgin Islander politician, who served as a Senator in the Legislature of the Virgin Islands for seven terms from January 1995 through January 2011.[1] He was most recently a Democratic candidate for Governor of the United States Virgin Islands in the 2010 and the 2014 gubernatorial elections.[1]


Personal life[edit]

Donastorg was born on December 30, 1961 in Saint Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands to Josefina and Adlah Donastorg, Sr. He is the father of six children - Sean, Adlah, Vanessa, Erika, Adonte, and Amiel - and is married to Benedicta "Bennie" Acosta-Donastorg.

Political career[edit]

Donastorg was first elected to the U.S. Virgin Islands Legislature in 1994. He took office as a Senator in January 1995 at the beginning of the 21st Legislature[1] and served as Senator for seven terms through January 2011.[1]

Donastorg was previously a candidate for Governor of the U.S. Virgin Islands in 2006 as an Independent. His running mate for Lieutenant Governor was Dr. Cora Christian.[1] However, Donastorg was defeated in the general election by John de Jongh, who won the 2006 gubernatorial election.[1]

On July 25, 2010, Adlah Donastorg announced his candidacy for Governor of the U.S. Virgin Islands in the upcoming 2010 gubernatorial election.[1] He announced his intention to challenge incumbent Governor John de Jongh in the Democratic primary on September 11, 2010.[1] Donastorg, in his candidacy speech at the Estate La Grande Princesse, chose his running mate, Samuel Baptiste.[1]

Donastorg pledged to focus on crime reduction. He challenged Governor de Jongh to three debates.[1]

In the 2010 Democratic gubernatorial primary election, Donastorg was defeated by incumbent Governor John de Jongh.[2] Governor de Jongh received 7,487 votes, or 53% of the vote, while Donastorg and Baptiste came in second place with 4,300 votes in the primary.[2][3]

2010 trial[edit]

Donastorg was arrested on March 5, 2010, in Saint Croix, in connection with a January 2010 alleged assault.[4] He turned himself in at the request of investigators.[4]

Donastorg was charged with four counts of domestic violence, including two felony charges.[4] The charges were third-degree assault, using a dangerous weapon, aggravated assault and brandishing a deadly weapon.[4] His accuser accused Donastorg of assault and threatening her with a gun.[4] However, the woman recanted her claims against Donastorg on March 9, four days after his arrest.[4]

Donastorg's lawyer accused the prosecution of political motivation, since the charges were filed during a gubernatorial election year.[4] The judge in the case agreed to allow expert testimony in the trial, which began on September 20, 2010.[4]

On September 23, 2010, a twelve member jury found Donastorg not guilty and acquitted him of all charges.[5][6]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Simescu, Christian (2010-07-26). "Donastorg seeks Democratic line for governor". Virgin Islands Daily News. Archived from the original on 2010-08-22. Retrieved 2010-07-27. 
  2. ^ a b Lewin, Aldeth (2010-09-13). "DeJongh-Francis victory leaves rivals with uncertain futures". Virgin Islands Daily News. Archived from the original on 2010-09-14. Retrieved 2010-09-14. 
  3. ^ Pancham, Ananta (2010-09-12). "DeJongh-Francis Clinch Top Spots in Democratic Primary". St. John Source. Retrieved 2010-09-14. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h Smithen, Corliss (2010-08-06). "Judge sides with prosecution in Donastorg’s case". Virgin Islands Daily News. Retrieved 2010-08-23. 
  5. ^ Smithen, Corliss (2010-09-24). "Donastorg found not guilty". Virgin Islands Daily News. Retrieved 2010-10-31. 
  6. ^ Kossler, Bill (2010-09-23). "Sen. Donastorg Acquitted on All Charges". St. Croix Source. Retrieved 2010-10-31.