Vice speaker called to Guard duty; won’t actively campaign for election

Senator Telena Nelson (PNC file photo)

Vice Speaker Telena Nelson has announced that she has been called up for National Guard duty and won’t be able to campaign for the upcoming general election.

“In the upcoming months, I will be on active duty orders with the Guam National Guard. I will remain on island, however, to be above reproach and in accordance with military rules and the laws of Guam, I will be unable to actively campaign for a seat in the 36th Guam Legislature,” Nelson said in a statement sent to media.

While she won’t physically be in office, Nelson said she will remain on island in a different capacity and continue to serve the people of Guam.

“Our office will remain fully operational with the support of Senator Amanda Shelton, vice-chairperson of the Committee on Education. With this, however, please know that my team is available to assist you with any concerns or constituent matters or requests. With the work we’ve been blessed to accomplish thus far, I pray that you will continue to support and trust my record of public service, and my standing commitment to prioritize our people,” Nelson stated.