Central area voters express their views on congressional runoff

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Barrigada resident Buddy Orsini believes that the next delegate should be someone who is going to be there to help fix the island's current economic state.

Voters in the central part of the island feel that Guam should have a representative who is always present, no matter what.

Today’s the day residents cast their votes for Guam’s next congressional representative.

With the pandemic still ongoing, central voters seem to be in favor of a delegate who will go to Washington and address the island’s issues head-on.

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Barrigada resident Buddy Orsini believes that the next delegate should be someone who is going to be there to help fix the island’s current economic state.

“We need more funding actually because we’re going through this pandemic right now and it’s critical for Guam. Our economy lost its tourist base, right? So the hotel industry is kind of down but right now, we need federal help, federal backing right now and we need somebody who’s going to be there, practically all the time in Congress,” Orsini said.

Mangilao resident Stephen Stettenbenz shares the same sentiment with Orsini but is not too concerned about specifics.

“Regardless of what the issues are at hand, I think it’s important that our Washington delegate is listening the voice of the people. Not willing to debate. That’s a big one for me,” Stettenbenz said.

He added: “I just want to make sure that if there is an issue, my representative is there in attendance. That’s the bottom line. I mean, if you can’t attend work, show up for work, how can you be working for me?”

As of October 15, 2020, there are an estimated 8,018 registered voters in the central villages of Barrigada and Mangilao.

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