SAIPAN CANDIDATES TAKE HEED OF STRAY DOGS

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‘Road kill’ disposal among issues

By Raquel Bagnol SAIPAN, CNMI (Mariana Variety, Oct. 8, 2009) - Four of the nine candidates in the Saipan mayoral race have vowed to do something about the island’s stray dog problem.

Angelo O. Villagomez, Antonio M. Camacho, Roman C. Benavente and Donald G. Flores told the Saipan Chamber of Commerce yesterday that the issue will be among their top priorities.

Villagomez, an environmentalist and animal welfare advocate, said his beautification program includes a solution to the problem of stray dogs.

Villagomez is the Democratic candidate.

Camacho, a former House member, said he will not resort to finger-pointing but will tackle the problem instead.

"We have to take into consideration some things like if we have a burial ground for the dead dogs, incinerators, and other things," the Independent candidate said.

Flores, a Republican, said he will seek adequate appropriation and partner with non-profit organizations to implement the stray dog program.

Benavente, a former Board of Education chairman, said addressing the problem of stray dogs and the removal of "road kill" are pressing issues that need to be addressed immediately.

Benavente is running as an Independent.

The other mayoral candidates are former Municipal Council Chairwoman Marian DLG. Tudela of the Covenant Party, former Senate President Juan S. Demapan, former teacher Jose DLG. Sanchez, former Rep. Candido B. Taman and former Corrections Commissioner Lino S. Tenorio.

Demapan, Sanchez, Taman and Tenorio are Independent candidates.

The nine candidates were given four minutes each to present their platforms and their priorities.

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