San Nicolas likely to face competition in next year’s Guam delegate race

Guam Degate Michael San Nicolas may face challenges from within his own party.
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The rumor mills are churning fast and furious on Guam over next year’s race for the island’s seat in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Congressman Michael San Nicolas has not yet completed his first year in office, but he’ll face re-election in 2020 when his two-year term is up.

San Nicolas has already filed his organizational report with the Guam Election Commission indicating his intention to run again.

But he may face challenges from within his own party.

Among those widely considered to be contemplating entering the race are two fellow Democrats — Sen. Regine Biscoe Lee and the governor’s chief of staff, Tony Babauta.

Neither one has filed any organizational reports with the election commission but both have acknowledged the scuttlebutt naming them as potential candidates.

In response to a request for comment, Babuta issued a statement to the Pacific News Center today saying :

“At this time, I’m deeply focused on the priorities of the Leon Guerrero – Tenorio Administration and my responsibilities as chief of staff. It’s humbling, however, to know people feel confident that I would make a good candidate for elected office and I thank all who have been expressing their support to me.”

Sen. Biscoe Lee also responded with the following statement: “While my primary focus is on the job at hand, I am deliberating what would be the best capacity to advance our agenda of sustained success for working families and job creators.”

Congressman San Nicolas told the Pacific News Center that at this time he will reserve comment.

The application packets for the delegate’s race won’t be available from the Guam Election Commission until January 15. The deadline to file for the contest is June 30.