Guam Republican To Contest Congressional Delegate Seat

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Businesswomen Margaret Metcalfe challenges incumbent Bordallo

By Jasmine Stole

HAGÅTÑA, Guam (Marianas Variety Guam, May 7, 2014) – A Republican candidate seeking the congressional delegate seat has emerged, according to a release from Phillip Leon Guerrero, a spokesman for Gov. Eddie Calvo.

At a Republican pocket meeting Sunday in Yigo, Margaret Metcalfe announced she will be challenging incumbent Delegate Madeleine Bordallo this year.

The statement from Leon Guerrero included excerpts from the speech Metcalfe gave at Sunday’s meeting.

"I’m here to give Guamanians a choice," Metcalfe said. "I waited to see if other folks might put their hat in the ring and when I realized there was no one forthcoming, I couldn’t wait any longer."

According to the statement, Metcalfe described herself as a successful businesswoman. "I may look like a newbie, but I’m not. I grew up in Maite," Metcalfe said.

Metcalfe said she attended Wettengel Elementary School, San Vicente Catholic School and graduated from the Academy of Our Lady of Guam in 1966.

The delegate hopeful touted change and cooperation as tools the island needs to embrace in order to "put our island on equal footing in Washington."

"We need to work on both sides of the aisle and on both sides of the ocean to get things done. Our core group in D.C., like the military leadership, knows how important Guam is," Metcalfe told the crowd. "But those in Congress deem us as insignificant and this has to change."

Metcalfe also said voters who are content with the status quo and being kept in the dark should not vote for her. "If you want someone who will work tirelessly for you for the success of Guam, then please vote for me," she said.

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