Guam Delegate Official Files Papers To Defend For U.S. House Seat

Bordallo is running for her eight term in Washington, DC 

By Shawn Raymundo

HAGÅTÑA, Guam (Pacific Daily News, June 1, 2016) – With a crowd of supporters joining her, Guam Delegate Madeleine Bordallo officially filed her candidacy paperwork Tuesday at the local election office in Hagåtña to run for her eighth term as the island’s representative to Congress.

Bordallo, who also celebrated her 83rd birthday Tuesday, announced in January she would run for re-election.

Her official entrance into the race comes after collecting 1,134 signatures from registered voters on island and submitting necessary paperwork to get on the ballot.

Bordallo, a Democrat, said Tuesday that a Democratic-led Congress could create a path in which she becomes the chairwoman of the Subcommittee on Readiness, a group that falls under the House’s Armed Services Committee and focuses on military readiness. Bordallo is the ranking Democrat in the subcommittee, which has a Republican majority.

Guam’s delegate is a non-voting member of Congress that can sit on committees and introduce legislation.

Bordallo said with the Republican nomination for U.S. president securely in Donald Trump’s hands, Democrats could see sweeping victories during this particular national election.

“With Donald Trump as the Republican nominee, I’m confident that Democrats will maintain the White House (and) regain control of the Senate,” Bordallo predicted. “Political experts across the country have also indicated that it is entirely possible that we’ll take back the House.”

Bordallo on Tuesday joined a list of more than 40 others who have filed their candidacy with the Guam Election Commission.

This list includes former Republican Gov. Felix Camacho, who could face Bordallo for the delegate seat this November.

“I welcome this competition; I’ve had it before,” Bordallo said. “I look forward to working to elect Democrats this year because I believe our party best represents the interest of the people of Guam,”

The seven-term congresswoman noted her seniority in the House has allowed her to draft important pieces of legislation that more junior members of Congress would have had difficulty accomplishing.

“Without my senior position it would have been more difficult for anyone else,” she said.

Both Bordallo and Camacho are expected to compete for their respective party’s nomination in the upcoming primary, as Margaret Metcalfe, the 2014 GOP delegate hopeful, and former Assistant Secretary of the Interior Tony Babauta, a Democrat, have expressed intentions to run.

With the primary election this August drawing closer, those seeking to run for elected office have less than a month to file their paperwork at the commission’s headquarters in Hagåtña. Neither Babauta nor Metcalfe have officially filed with the commission.

Babauta, who announced his potential candidacy in May, used to work for Bordallo and has been a longtime friend. He said before he made his intentions to run public, he had spoken with Bordallo first.

On Tuesday, Bordallo reiterated her previous statements — that she’s used to having competition during elections.

“I was rather surprised, but whatever it is, I’ve had competition in the past,” she said.

The deadline to file candidacy paperwork is June 28.

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