Former police chief J.I. Cruz running for senator

Former GPD Chief J.I. Cruz, left, has announced that he's running for senator.

Former Guam Police Chief J.I. Cruz has announced his intention to run for a seat in the 36th Guam Legislature.

Cruz filed his paperwork to run for senator at the Guam Election Commission this afternoon. He is running as a Republican.

Former governor Eddie Calvo appointed Cruz as Chief of Police in May 2015. He served until January of last year when Governor Lou Leon Guerrero named Stephen Ignacio to replace him.

Cruz told the Pacific News Center that his background in law enforcement gives him the experience needed to tackle one of the major issues on island: public safety.

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“As the chief of police of the Guam Police Department, I really think that I have something to bring to the table to help the people of Guam. I really think that with my knowledge of government, my knowledge of public safety and law enforcement, the experience that I have, the education that I have and the passion I have to do more for the people of Guam … I think that makes me a candidate for the office of senator in the 36th Guam Legislature and that’s what I’m looking to do,” Cruz said.

Cruz is currently a teacher of history and social sciences at Notre Dame High School.