Guam – Karlo Dizon has announced that he will run for Guam Delegate to Congress on the democratic ticket, challenging incumbent Madeleine Bordallo for the Congressional seat.
The 28 year old Dizon is a Filipino-American who was born in Bataan Philippines, grew up in Dededo and graduated from Yale.
Campaign Communications Director Tessa Weidenbacher told PNC News that he has extensive experience in political science having interned at the U.S. Embassy in Manila and at the British Parliament in London while he was studying there. He also worked fro the Obama campaign as a field organizer in Iowa and as a campaign supporter here on Guam.
However Weidenbacher said this will be Dizon’s first bid for elected political office.
Karlo Dizon is NOT related to Dr. Joe Dizon who was Carl Gutierrez’s running mate, when Gutierrez first ran for Governor as an independent in 1978.
A release quotes Dizon as saying : “I’m running because we need a new way forward. Our relationship with the United States has fractured. This election is an opportunity to mend the cracks.”
READ Karlo Dizon’s release in FULL below:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 11, 2012
Contact: Tessa B. Weidenbacher, Communications Director, Committee to Elect Karlo Dizon for Congress
Democrat Karlo Dizon will make a formal announcement of his candidacy for Delegate to the United States House of Representatives on Monday, May 14, 2012, at 12:00 p.m., at his campaign headquarters in Tamuning. He will be challenging incumbent Congresswoman Madeleine Bordallo.
“I’m running because we need a new way forward,” Dizon said. “Our relationship with the United States has fractured. This election is an opportunity to mend the cracks.”
Dizon said that the reduced military buildup was the impetus for his run, but going forward he intends to make the economy a central issue in his campaign. Dizon stated that, if elected, he will strengthen Guam’s core industries–construction and tourism–by making the China visa waiver program his top priority.
“We have a chance to emerge from this stronger,” Dizon explained. “But doing so requires a Delegate who can convince Washington that it is our shared interest to build a Guam economy that is self-sufficient.”
Karlo Dizon was born in Bataan, Philippines, and grew up in Dededo. He attended Guam public schools (Harmon Loop Elementary School, Dededo Middle School, Simon A. Sanchez High School) before leaving the island to pursue higher education. He holds a Bachelor’s degree with Distinction in Political Science from Yale University and a Master of Science degree with Distinction in Comparative Politics from the London School of Economics.
Dizon served as an intern for the Economics section of the American Embassy in Manila and has worked for three years in China–first in Shanghai at Sidley Austin LLP, a top American international law firm, then in Beijing with the Joint US-China Collaboration on Clean Energy, a clean energy NGO. In 2008 he helped manage the Obama campaign’s victory in Guam then went on to supervise the Obama campaign headquarters in Spencer, Iowa for the general election. In 2010 he was selected for a prestigious internship at the Parliament of the United Kingdom under Nia Griffith
MP, then afterwards with the Justice & Regulatory Affairs Team at the White House.
Dizon immigrated to Guam with his father Wilner, an engineer; his mother Lorie, a public school nurse; and his younger brother Paolo, who is currently based in California. His family, with the addition of his youngest brother Julio, a junior at Father Dueñas Memorial School, has made Guam their home but maintains close ties with their extended family in Bataan. Karlo speaks fluent Tagalog and has proficiency in Mandarin.
The Committee to Elect Karlo Dizon is a grassroots organization comprising concerned citizens working towards a new way forward. Campaign Manager John Paul Manuel is a Guam native who holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of San Francisco. He heads the committee and has relocated from California to oversee the campaign. Manuel can be reached at Admin@KarloDizon.com.
The official campaign launch of the Committee to Elect Karlo Dizon for Congress on Monday will be followed by a media event on Wednesday, May 16, 2012, at 1:00 p.m. A separate media advisory will be issued for the press conference. The grand opening of the campaign headquarters is slated for the first week of June.
Karlo Dizon’s campaign headquarters is located at 335A Sanford Building along S. Marine Corps Drive, between 76 fuel station and Jay Ease Building in Tamuning.