Nelson says timelines can be changed to allow for Blas recall election


Vice Speaker Telena Nelson says it’s still possible to conduct a recall election for the mayor’s position in Yona if the law is changed.

Mayors Council of Guam Executive Director Angel Sablan told the Pacific News Center Tuesday that scheduling a recall election this year will be tough, given the tight timelines set in the current election law.

“It is possible to make amendments to the statute that impacts timelines addressing the election,” said Sen. Nelson in a statement to PNC News.

Nelson has introduced a bill to authorize and fund a recall election in Yona, Bill 259-35.

“Bill 259-35 is still going through the process and remains at the Office of Finance and Budget,” said Nelson in her statement.

Senator Joe San Agustin is the oversight chair of the finance committee and Nelson said she has asked him and Sen. Regine Biscoe Lee who chairs the Committee on Rules “to prioritize this bill and refer it immediately” to her committee “because of the strict timeline.”

“I have yet to receive a response from the OFB chair,” said the Vice Speaker.

In addition, Nelson said: “I wholeheartedly disagree with any legislation that allows a governor to appoint a mayor. The mayor is elected by the people to serve the people. When we remove the people we serve from this process, we begin to destroy the foundation on which our government is built on. We are a government for the people, by the people.”