Mayoral landscape largely unchanged except for a few surprises

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Democrat Kevin Delgado upset Republican Thomas Duenas, winning more than 1,300 votes out of more than 2,200 ballots cast. (PNC photo)

The results from yesterday’s election show that the mayoral landscape is largely unchanged.

However, that doesn’t mean there weren’t any surprises.

The biggest surprise came from the race for Mangilao vice mayor.

Democrat Kevin Delgado upset Republican Thomas Duenas, winning more than 1,300 votes out of more than 2,200 ballots cast.

Duenas was the only incumbent to not keep his seat.

The mayor of Mangilao, Republican Allan Ungacta, ran unopposed.

Six other candidates went unchallenged as well.

The mayors of Hagatna, Ordot-Chalan Pago, Sinajana, Mong Mong-Toto-Maite, and Barrigada cruised unopposed to victory yesterday, as did the vice mayor of Barrigada.

Some contests, however, were more competitive.

Seven villages had more than two candidates for mayor.

One village, Merizo, had four candidates.

Perhaps the fiercest contest, however, was for the village of Yigo.

Yigo had six candidates vying to be mayor, including the current vice mayor.

Competition for the village heated up after Yigo mayor Rudy Matanane announced he would retire.

Vice Mayor Anthony Sanchez won his predecessor’s seat yesterday.

Sanchez, a Republican, beat his closest competitor Frances Lizama, a Democrat, by a mere eight votes.

Sanchez won 779 votes to Lizama’s 771.

More than 2,818 ballots were cast in that village’s mayoral contest.

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