New ‘progressive’ political group sends out survey to senatorial candidates

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A new political group calling itself the Progressive Democrats of Guam (PDG) has been formed and is sending out a six-question survey to candidates for Guam’s 36th Legislature.

PDG — which bills itself as “a grassroots organization promoting progressive values, policies, and candidates in Guam” — says their survey seeks to better inform Guam voters by asking candidates to clarify their stances on issues of vital social and economic importance.

The survey includes questions on unemployment insurance; layoffs caused by cutting the Business Privilege Tax; providing additional compensation for essential workers; providing PPE for workers; advancing healthcare for all; and, enhancing enforcement of environmental protection laws.

Julian Janssen, PDG’s chapter leader, said the survey is a “great opportunity” for candidates to speak directly to the progressive issues that are deeply important to many of Guam’s voters.

Candidates have until Friday, October 9, to submit their responses. PDG leadership will then evaluate their responses while comparing them to related past public statements and legislative records (for current and former senators seeking election) for consistency.

PDG will release a “2020 Candidate Guide” online and to the news media on October 12, showing results and methodology.

According to PDG, it will neither endorse specific candidates nor show favoritism toward Democrats in its evaluation process.

To learn more about the Progressive Democrats of Guam, or join their growing ranks, visit their website at www.pdguam.org, or like/follow the group’s Facebook page, which has over 3,400 followers.

PDG was formed in September 2020 as an independent, grassroots group of concerned citizens. PDG says it does not receive funding from corporations, political parties, or other organizations.

According to the group, PDG members volunteer their time and energy to advancing the progressive values of fully expressed human rights, participatory democracy, economic and social justice, inclusiveness, and sustainable development.

PDG says its is comprised of teachers, healthcare workers, small-business owners, union members, students, artists, activists, public and private sector workers, and other Guam residents — regardless of political affiliation — dedicated to raising the island’s quality of life by protecting its environment, growing access to healthcare, and improving government services and accountability.

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