Governor ‘overwhelmed with joy’

GOVERNOR Ralph D.L.G. Torres said he was “not happy” when he succeeded the late Gov. Eloy S. Inos who passed away in Dec. 2016.

 “It was a sad time for the CNMI. As the lt. governor, I wanted to learn more from our late governor,” said Torres who, at 36, became the CNMI’s youngest governor.

But after his landslide victory in this year’s gubernatorial race, Torres said he was overwhelmed with joy.

 “It is a great honor to win the trust and confidence of the people.  And I am happy that they appreciate the progress that this administration has accomplished. We want to continue that progress.”

In the 2007 elections, Torres topped the Precinct 1 House race. Two years later, he was the top vote-getter in the Saipan senatorial election. In 2013, he became Senate president. In 2014, Gov. Eloy S. Inos chose Torres as his running-mate. They finished first in a four-way race, and won 57 percent of the votes cast in the runoff.

In this year’s elections, Torres and his running-mate, Senate President Arnold I. Palacios, won 62 percent of the votes cast — the most received by a gubernatorial team in CNMI history.

Source: Marianas Variety :

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