With Guam currently in PCOR 1, the Guam Election Commission live-streamed its ballot placement of candidates for the general election on Wednesday night.
In the past, all drawings for ballot positions were done publicly, and persons appearing on the ballot are specifically invited to attend.
Each candidate for any office under a party or independent designation are listed according to lots drawn during the placement process.
According to Maria Pangelinan, GEC executive director, the ballot placement was supposed to have been held on Monday, Sept. 7.
However, GEC received 10 candidates for the six available seats at the Guam Education Board and the election commission did not finish vetting all the files in time for the original schedule.
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While there are 6 elective seats available for the Guam Election Board, the election commission received 10 complete candidate packets.
“We were pleasantly surprised,” Pangelinan said in a K57 interview with Patti Arroyo.
During the last election in 2018, GEC only received 4 packets for the education board, according to Pangelinan.
Several current board members are running in the elections, including current GEB Chair Maria Gutierrez and Vice Chair Mark Mendiola. Board members Lourdes Benavente and Lawrence Jay M. Alcairo and former GEB board member Peter Alecxis Ada are also running.
GCC President Mary Okada, Salvador Avilla, a former principal of Agueda Johnston Middle School, and Robert Crisostomo, the principal of St. Anthony Catholic School are also vying for a spot in the education board.
Alexander M. Duenas and educator Dr. Deborah Ellen round up the list of GEB candidates.
Here’s the list of candidates based on their ballot placement: