CNMI Gov Endorses Incumbent US House Of Rep Candidate

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Timing coincides with candidacy filing, full race

By Emmanuel T. Erediano

SAIPAN, CNMI (Marianas Variety, July 31, 2014) – Governor Eloy S. Inos yesterday joined U.S. Congressman Gregorio Kilili Camacho Sablan in filing his candidacy with the Commonwealth Election Commission, and reiterated his support for the lawmaker, saying "we still have unfinished business."

This is the second time Inos has publicly endorsed Sablan’s candidacy. The first was in 2012 even though then-Gov. Benigno R. Fitial supported another candidate. Inos was lt. governor at the time.

"I support Kilili’s candidacy and think he’s doing a great job in Washington D.C.," the governor told reporters yesterday.

Not everyone agrees about everything all the time, he said, adding that he and Kilili may have different positions on some issues but "I think, overall, his accomplishments are quite amazing and so we support him."

Inos, a Republican, said Sablan, who caucuses with the U.S. Democrats in Congress, needs another term.

"I will continue to work with him and I will continue to work with my Republican friends in the U.S. Congress and see if we can help move some of the CNMI issues forward," Inos added.

Sablan personally thanked Inos for his support.

Kilili vows to work harder

Kilili, in an interview, said he will double his efforts to help the people of the Northern Marianas.

"I’m truly humbled by the trust that the people gave me and the only thing I can promise is that I will work hard to improve the lives of everyone," he added.

"This Congress, this leadership position belongs to the people of Marianas and I will continue to work hard for them."

Killi, who is seeking a fourth term, said he will continue to monitor bills that affect the CNMI and will continue to recommend federal funding assistance for local agencies.

Kilili praised the personnel of the election commission for doing a great job despite a staffing shortage.

"I’ve talked to the executive director, Robert A. Guerrero, and I learned that there are only eight personnel manning the commission so it’s not an easy job but they’re doing very well," said Kilili, a former executive director of the commission.

His opponent this year is former Rep. Andrew S. Salas who is running on the NMI Democratic ticket.

Other candidates

Other Republican hopefuls also filed their respective candidacies yesterday, and they include Charlene Manglona Lizama who is running for Tinian’s House seat; Francisco Jerome Aldan, mayor, Northern Islands; Efren Manglona Atalig, Rota mayor; Jose Agulto Reyes, Saipan mayor; and Rep. Teresita Santos, Rota senator;

The Republican slate has a total of 27 candidates.

"Everybody has filed and we are now ready for the campaign," the governor said.

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