All incumbent senators, congresswoman, mayors, vice mayors and public auditor are seeking re-election.
Guam – Yesterday was the deadline for candidates to file their packets and so far all incumbents are seeking re-election.
With the deadline now past, the Guam Election Commission will be busy reviewing all candidate packets that have been submitted for the 2016 election season. A total of 113 packets were submitted for races in the senatorial, congressional, mayoral, vice mayoral and public auditor.
“All the candidates that have submitted all the required documents and have gone through a preliminary processing and have [been] deemed to have met all the requirements are presented formally to the commission,” explains GEC Executive Director Maria Pangelinan.
So who are the candidates? In the senatorial race, there are a total of 35 people who will be seeking a seat in the Guam Legislature. All 15 incumbents are seeking re-election while 19 new faces and 1 former senator are hoping to get elected. On the democratic ticket, there are a total of 18 candidates; on the GOP side there are a total of 17 candidates.
For democrat, the list includes incumbents:
Tom Ada, Frank Aguon Jr., BJ Cruz, Tina Muna-Barnes, Rory Respicio, Dennis Rodriguez Jr., Michael San Nicolas, Nerissa Underwood and Judi Won Pat;
Jermaine Alerta, Fred Bordallo, Armando Dominguez, Victor Gaza, Carl Gross, Regine Biscoe Lee, Telena Nelson, Joe S. San Agustin and Therese Terlaje.
For Republican are incumbents:
Tony Ada, Frank Blas Jr., James Espaldon, Brant McCreadie, Tommy Morrison and Mary Torres;
Former senator Chris Duenas;
AJ Balajadia, Amanda Blas, Wil Castro, Fernando Esteves, Barry Mead, Louisa Muna, Eric Palacios, Ellery Paz, Jose San Agustin and Benito Servino.
On the delegate side, incumbent Madeleine Bordallo faces a challenger on the democratic ticket: Tony Babauta. For republican, the candidates are Margaret Metcalfe and former governor Felix Camacho.
As for the non-partisan Public Auditor position, there are three candidates: incumbent Doris Flores Brooks, Doreen Crisostomo and Zenaida Asuncion.
While these candidates have met the June 28 deadline to submit their packets, they are not official candidates yet. Pangelinan says they must still be ratified by the board and this includes a review of what was submitted along with their candidate packets.
Pangelinan says the candidates submitted “their certificate of qualification that says they swear under oath that they’re qualified, their certificate of non-conviction–both of them have to be notarized–their organizational report, their information card, their petitions, their nominating petitions, the signatures have to be validated and of course their $100 fee.”
The board then votes and moves to ratify the candidates. The primary election is scheduled for August 27. The primary election is a party election for the senatorial, delegate, mayoral and vice mayoral races in which only the top vote-getters in each party will advance to the general election.
For the legislature, the top 15 vote-getters in each party advance. For House delegate, mayor and vice mayor, only one in each party advances.
You can see the full list of candidates by clicking on the file below.