As voters make their way to the polls, Action PAC, Inc. encourages voting residents to stand with the PAC to elect senators who will help solve Guam’s current economic situation.
With more than 36,000 residents out of work or underemployed, senators should work to revive the economy so that all of our island residents can return to work and regain a sense of financial security and stability.
Executive Director Laura Dacanay states, “This has been a devastating year for all of us, and we are ready to safely rebuild our island and our economy for the good of all of our residents. A thriving economy benefits everyone, especially its workforce and the government, through increased tax revenue. As we lead up to the election, Action PAC’s partner organizations have been engaging with their members and residents to remind them about the significance and power of their vote. We are confident that Guam will show up at the polls and be heard.”
Action PAC announced the 12 senatorial candidates for the 36th Guam Legislature that the PAC is supporting this election, which can be found on its website, actionpacguam.com.
The 12 candidates best align with Action PAC’s five key initiatives: rightsize the Government of Guam (which does not translate to government layoffs); improve transparency in all levels of the Government of Guam; support for the military build-up in Guam and other economic diversification; support for a part-time legislature from all walks of life; and rollback of the BPT from 5% to 4%.
There is so much at stake this election, and residents are calling for immediate help from incoming legislators after the financial, physical, and emotional devastation caused by the pandemic. Small and large businesses continue to close and future aid for residents and businesses is uncertain. Residents are looking for candidates who have the ability and drive to rebuild the economy.
Renee L.G. Koffend, Au.D., CCC-A, Clinical Audiologist and owner of Guam Hearing Doctors has noticed a significant change in patients seeking important medical care. She said, “Now more than ever, we need hard-working, honest leaders that are committed to improving the quality of life of all residents. Since March 2020, I have witnessed patients delay medical attention for all members of their family, including accessing services for their newborn children. I am worried about all families, most especially families with young children. Please go out and vote! Action PAC has vetted the candidates that are best qualified to rebuild our economy so families can thrive once more.”
Jonathan Onedera, Mister Global Guam 2019 and a 24-year-old resident of Barrigada appealed to fellow young voters to show up at the polls. He urged, “Take action and vote. As someone coming from this generation, we are outspoken and we voice our opinions on social media, but tweeting is not voting making us grossly underrepresented. Let’s not only make our voices heard; let’s make our voices count.”
Onedera calls for young voters to stand together for what is good for Guam, motivating them to be informed and take part in the decisions that affect their future and the future of their family and their island.
The Guam Election Commission has reported that as of October 15, 2020, there are 55,542 registered voters, and more than 10,000 have already voted.
“We are encouraged by these numbers. Action PAC is focused on getting constituents to the polls. Let’s keep encouraging our friends and family to cast their vote safely this Tuesday, Nov. 3rd,” Dacanay said. “The community wants to see a change in leadership at the legislative level. We can achieve that if we stand and vote together.”
As a nonprofit, political action committee, Action PAC does not identify with a specific political party and encourages residents over the age of 18 to join the movement and vote for the 12 senatorial candidates who have a plan to improve the economy and quality of life on Guam for all who call it home.
Action PAC, Inc. is a nonprofit political action committee that was formed by concerned constituents and members from seven nonprofit organizations who believe they can affect change at the legislative level by voting together as a community. The group is not affiliated with a specific political party and welcomes a nonpartisan approach to legislation.
(Action PAC News Release)