Guam's Former Governor To Take Another Run At Office

Two-term governor Gutierrez held office from 1995-2002

By Jerick Sablan

HAGÅTÑA, Guam (Pacific Daily News, Feb. 23, 2017) – Former Gov. Carl Gutierrez confirmed he's running for governor in 2018.

In a phone interview Thursday morning, Gutierrez confirmed he's looking at another shot at governor. He's yet to choose a running mate, he said.

In a Facebook video posted on a supporters group page "Team Sunshine 2018", Gutierrez said he wants to run for the office to bring the administration "back to the people of Guam."

He said many people have come up to him saying they feel marginalized and forgotten because they're not able to walk in to see the magalahi, or governor.

"People that have problems come to the magalahi and the magalahi is supposed to be able to touch them, feel them, be able to talk to them. Tell their problems to the magalahi and they expect the magalahi will make things right for them," he said.

He said as a magalahi you have to be open to hearing the people's problems and help them. Gutierrez said over the past several years, constituents seemed unable to reach out to the governor directly.

Gutierrez said it was important for a governor to go out to the people and actually see the problems they're facing.

Three Democrats 

Including Gutierrez, three Democrats have announced their intentions to run for governor. Sen. Frank Aguon Jr., and banker and former Sen. Lou Leon Guerrero have said they intend to run for the island's highest office in the next election. Aguon hasn't announced a running mate. Leon Guerrero said she intends to run with Joshua Tenorio, former local courts administrator and current car dealership executive.

Gutierrez is a former two-time governor who served from 1995 to 2002 with Guam Del. Madeleine Bordallo as his lieutenant governor. Gutierrez has since run three more times for governor, unsuccessfully.

No official declarations from Republicans

No aspiring Republican governors have officially announced their intentions to run. Lt. Gov. Ray Tenorio has said it’s possible he’ll run for governor.

Juan Carlos Benitez, executive director of Guam's Republican Party, would not confirm which Republicans are considering a run for Adelup. Benitez said he is confident that Republicans will remain in control of Adelup.

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