How did the island vote? That remains to be seen as polls closed at 8 pm tonight. But both the Democratic Party of Guam and the Republican Party of Guam are hopeful of getting a majority in the 36th Guam Legislature. PNC spoke to the leaders of both parties to gauge what concerns they have seen over the last seven months and their hopes for the incoming legislature.
The Democratic Party and the Republican Party of Guam have different views on how the 35th Legislature and the congressional delegate have performed over the course of the year. And with a number of incumbent candidates vying for another term, both parties agree that how voters cast their ballot is dependent on how current issues have been addressed.
Right off the bat, Republican Party Chair Tony Ada called out the Democratic Party’s performance.
“There is no transparency or accountability in the funds received, how it’s been paid out, where it’s going, who has contracts with the government with CARES Act funding … all of these things that the legislature has oversight and can ask questions about, but they haven’t,” Ada said.
He added that the legislative branch has not been transparent in the face of the pandemic. Ada also cites a lack of checks and balances between the legislature and Adelup.
“When you look at what has been happening these past several months, it’s more of a rubber stamp legislature and not a checks and balances legislature. I think the people have come to a point where pocketbook issues to them have really been at the fore. If you’re not transparent and accountable, how can I trust you? This is the first time in history where you’ve seen the different Chambers of Commerce all come together to form a Political Action Committee,” Ada said.
In response to the Republican Party’s criticisms, Democratic Party Chair Sara Nededog welcomed the criticisms, stating it’s everyone’s civic duty to come forward rather than complain.
“Complaining about what we don’t like and not sharing enough about what we do like, we need to go down and be active at our legislature with our government sharing what it is that we think needs to be addressed,” Nededog said.
She added that the Democrat majority in the legislature did a good job.
“I’m impressed with the folks at the legislature who have and are very sensitive to the needs of our people in the areas of health care, economic recovery, protecting our environment, and pushing for gender and social equality …those are really the pillars of the Democratic Party,” Nededog said.