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95 potential candidates for primary races

95 potential candidates for primary races

THE UNDERWOODS: Robert Underwood, a former Guam delegate and former president of the University of Guam, filed his candidacy for the United States House of Representatives at the Guam Election Commission on Tuesday morning. Behind Underwood is his family, from left: daughter-in-law Jerisha Underwood; son Ramon; daughter Sophia Underwood; and partner Christine San Agustin. Underwood's wife, Nerissa, attended via social media livestream. Norman M. Taruc/The Guam Daily Post

Guam's primary election has 95 potential candidates, and six, including Public Auditor Benjamin Cruz, are incumbents not facing any competition.

Two others filed their candidacies for the Consolidated Commission on Utilities, for the Nov. 3 general election.

The window for filing candidacy papers for the Aug. 29 primaries closed at 5 p.m. Tuesday.

The 95 filers are still not considered primary election candidates, until a review and ratification by members of the Guam Election Commission on July 3.

Of this number, 36 are incumbents and 59 are newcomers or challengers. 

Most of this year's primary races are dominated by men, with women comprising only about 23% of candidate filers.

The 2018 general elections saw a rise in female candidates, and resulted in Guam's first female governor and for the first time a majority of the 15-member Legislature composed of women.

In the senatorial primaries, the Democrats and Republicans each have 16 potential candidates.

Underwood among last-day filers

Among the 10 who filed on the last day was former Del. Robert Underwood, who's challenging incumbent Del. Michael San Nicolas in the Democratic primaries for congressional delegate.

"Building a consensus is a key component of leadership," Underwood said in his remarks right after filing his candidacy papers at the Guam Election Commission.

Underwood, who served as delegate from 1993 to 2013 and as University of Guam president from 2008 to 2018, said his leadership will bring people together to arrive at solutions for the common good.

"I promise to be that kind of leader. To give you more face time, not just Facebook time. To listen to you and not just talk at you. Define common ground and not to push others aside," he said. "With time comes wisdom. Wisdom is knowing what act to take and when to take it. Integrity is taking that path."

With his family and supporters by his side, Underwood turned in his petition with some 1,200 signatures. San Nicolas' family filed his candidacy papers on his behalf on June 25.

If elected to office, Underwood said he will be actively engaged in the Armed Services Committee work. He said he will also reopen the war reparations program to include more World War II survivors.

"But I think the biggest change that I will make is that I'm going to be coming home regularly, open myself to people," he said.

On the Republican side, Sen. Wil Castro is on his way to become the only delegate candidate. He will be facing off with either San Nicolas or Underwood in the general election.

No opponents

Besides the public auditor, five incumbent mayors and one vice mayor do not have any opponents:

  • Chalan Pago-Ordot Mayor Jessy Gogue, Democrat
  • Mangilao Mayor Allan Ungacta, Republican
  • Mongmong-Toto-Maite Mayor Rudy Paco, Democrat
  • Sinajana Mayor Robert Hofmann, Democrat
  • Barrigada Vice Mayor Jessie Bautista, Democrat

These are the potential candidates by office and political party, in alphabetical order:


Public Auditor (Non-Partisan)

  1. Public Auditor Benjamin Cruz, incumbent

Congressional Delegate

  • Democratic Party
  1. Del. Michael San Nicolas, incumbent
  2. Robert Underwood, challenger
  • Republican Party
  1. Sen. Wil Castro, challenger

Senators

  • Democratic Party
  1. John Albert Ananich II, challenger
  2. Speaker Tina Muña Barnes, incumbent
  3. Fred Bordallo Jr., challenger
  4. Christopher Carillo, challenger
  5. Frank G. Leon Guerrero, challenger
  6. David R. Duenas, challenger
  7. Sen. Kelly Marsh, incumbent
  8. Franklin Meno, challenger
  9. Vice Speaker Telena Nelson, incumbent
  10. Sen. Sabina Perez, incumbent
  11. Sen. Clynton Ridgell, incumbent
  12. Committee to Draft Dennis Rodriguez Jr., challenger
  13. Sen. Joe S. San Agustin, incumbent
  14. Sen. Amanda Shelton, incumbent
  15. Sen. Jose "Pedo" Terlaje, incumbent
  16. Sen. Therese Terlaje, incumbent
  • Republican Party
  1. Vicente Anthony "Tony" Ada, challenger
  2. Michelle Lynn Armenta, challenger
  3. Frank Blas Jr., challenger
  4. Vincent A.V. Borja, challenger
  5. Joanne M.S. Brown, challenger
  6. Ryan Calvo, challenger
  7. Joe I. Cruz, challenger
  8. Christopher Duenas, challenger
  9. Don Edquilane, challenger
  10. Dominic Joaquin Hernandez, challenger
  11. Joaquin "Ken" Leon Guerrero, challenger
  12. Sen. James Moylan, incumbent
  13. Sen. Louise Muna, incumbent
  14. Sandra Reyes Seau, challenger
  15. Sen. Telo Taitague, incumbent
  16. Sen. Mary Camacho Torres, incumbent

Mayors

Agana Heights

  • Democrat
  1. Jesse M. Fujikawa, challenger
  2. Jesse F. Pangelinan, challenger
  • Republican
  1. Mayor Paul McDonald, incumbent

Agat

  • Democrat
  1. MayAnn Charfauros, challenger
  • Republican
  1. Mayor Kevin Susuico, incumbent

Asan-Maina

  • Democrat
  1. John Gumataotao, challenger
  2. Mayor Frankie A. Salas, incumbent
  • Republican
  1. MiChelle Hope Taitano, challenger

Barrigada

  • Democrat
  1. Mayor June U. Blas, incumbent
  • Republican
  1. Jose K. Manglona, challenger

Chalan Pago-Ordot

  • Democrat
  1. Mayor Jessy Gogue, incumbent

Dededo

  • Democrat
  1. Mayor Melissa Savares, incumbent
  • Republican
  1. Jose A. San Agustin, challenger

Hagåtña

  • Republican
  1. Mayor John A. Cruz, incumbent
  2. Anthony C. Lujan, challenger

Inarajan

  • Democrat
  1. Anthony Chargualaf, challenger
  2. Kenneth D. Mantanona, challenger

Mangilao

  • Republican
  1. Mayor Allan Ungacta, incumbent

Merizo

  • Democrat
  1. Julie Cruz, challenger
  2. Stephen Cruz, challenger
  3. John Taijeron, challenger
  • Republican
  1. Mayor Ernest Chargualaf, incumbent

Mongmong-Toto-Maite

  • Democrat
  1. Mayor Rudy Paco, incumbent

Piti

  • Democrat
  1. Frank J.R. Cabrera, challenger
  • Republican
  1. Mayor Jesse Alig, incumbent

Santa Rita

  • Democrat
  1. Jocelyn Reyes, challenger
  • Republican
  1. Mayor Dale Alvarez, incumbent

Sinajana

  • Democrat
  1. Mayor Robert Hofmann, incumbent

Talofofo

  • Democrat
  1. Albert Atoigue, challenger
  2. Thomas Diego, challenger
  3. Mayor Vicente Taitague, incumbent

Tamuning

  • Republican
  1. Gregorio Calvo, challenger
  2. Mayor Louise Rivera, incumbent
  • Democrat
  1. Alan Torrado, challenger

Umatac

  • Democrat
  1. Gilbert Aguon, challenger
  2. Andy Santiago, challenger
  • Republican
  1. Mayor Johnny "Bada" Quinata, incumbent

Yigo

  • Democrat
  1. Dennis Flores, challenger
  2. Lillian Guerrero, challenger
  3. Frances Lizama, challenger
  4. Peter Pascual, challenger
  • Republican
  1. Anthony Sanchez, challenger
  2. James Santos, challenger

Yona

  • Democrat
  1. Mayor Bill Quenga, incumbent
  2. Edward Terlaje, challenger

Vice Mayors

Agat

  • Democrat
  1. Jocelyn Reyes, challenger
  • Republican
  1. Vice Mayor Christopher Fejeran, incumbent

Barrigada

  • Democrat
  1. Vice Mayor Jessie Bautista, incumbent

Dededo

  • Democrat
  1. Peter John Benavente, challenger
  • Republican
  1. Vincent Cabrera, challenger

Mangilao

  • Democrat
  1. Kevin Delgado, challenger
  • Republican
  1. Vice Mayor Thomas Duenas, incumbent

Sinajana

  • Democrat
  1. Vice Mayor Rudy Iriarte, incumbent
  • Republican
  1. Committee to Draft Joseph Rivera, challenger

Tamuning

  • Republican
  1. Javier Atalig, challenger
  2. Albert Toves, challenger

Yigo

  • Democrat
  1. Sylvia Flores, challenger
  2. Edward Lujan, challenger
  • Republican
  1. Loreto Leones, challenger

Non-primary race: Consolidated Commission on Utilities

  1. Judith Guthertz, incumbent
  2. Nonito Blas, challenger

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