LIKE FATHER, LIKE SON FOR GUAM'S NEW LEADERS

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By Robert Tupaz and Apolline San Nicolas

HAGÅTÑA, Guam (Nov. 8, 2002 - Marianas Variety/PINA Nius Online)---Newly elected Guam Governor Felix Camacho and Lieutenant Governor Kaleo Moylan will follow in their fathers’ footsteps when they take the helm of the Guam government.

Camacho is the son of Guam’s first elected governor, whose running mate then was Moylan’s father.

The new Camacho-Moylan tandem convincingly defeated their Democratic opponents as the Republicans took control.

Camacho is a business administration graduate and experienced politician. He most recently served as chair of the Guam legislature's tourism, transport and economic development committee.

Moylan, a law school graduate and insurance company executive, was most recently chair of the Guam legislature's ways and means committee.

Camacho-Moylan received 24,309 votes while the Democratic candidates, Congressman Robert Underwood and Sen. Tom Ada, got 19,559.

The Underwood-Ada team conceded and congratulated their opponents.

Camacho and Moylan also received a congratulatory call from the national officials of the Republican Party.

The pair met with hundreds of supporters and thanked them for their help during the past nine months of intensive campaigning.

"This campaign has always been about you," Camacho told the supporters.

"We’ve always tried to get everyone together and now that this election is close to being over, it’s time to forgive and forget all that have been said (during the campaign)."

According to the Guam Election Commission, 45,026 or 74 percent of registered voters participated in the general elections.

The new administration will take office in January.

In other highlights from elections in America's Pacific Islands:

--Hawai'i voters for the first time elected a woman as state governor, in another success for the Republicans.

Linda Lingle, a former mayor of Maui, beat her Democratic opponent Lt. Gov. Mazie Hirono, to also become the first Republican in 40 years to occupy the Hawai'i Governor’s office.

--American Samoa’s representative in the U.S. Congress in Washington, Faleomavaega Eni Hunkin, faces Fagafaga Daniel Langkilde in a runoff election in two weeks after no candidate received the required 50 percent plus one vote.

Unofficial figures give Faleomavaega just over 41 percent of the vote in his bid to retain his place in Washington. Fagafaga received just over 32 percent and the third candidate, Aumua Amata Coleman, 26.5 percent.

For additional reports from the Marianas Variety, go to PACIFIC ISLANDS REPORT News/Information Links: Newspapers/ Marianas Variety.

Pacific Islands News Association (PINA) Website: http://www.pinanius.org 

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