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Voters retain Chief Justice Castro, Judge Kim-Tenorio

HUGE majorities of voters have retained CNMI Supreme Court Chief Justice Alexandro Castro and Associate Judge Teresa Kim-Tenorio.

Based on the unofficial and partial results,  9,106  or 86 percent were in favor of retaining the chief justice while only  1,525  or 14 percent were opposed.

Judge Kim-Tenorio received  8,881 or 84 percent yes votes and 1,685 or 16 percent no votes.

These numbers still do not include the absentee ballots and early votes.

 In 2012, Gov. Benigno R. Fitial nominated Castro to serve as chief justice. His eight-year term is expiring in 2020. He was named associate judge of the Superior Court in 1989 and became the presiding judge in 1993.

Castro, who was born on Tinian and raised on Rota, became the CNMI’s first indigenous attorney general in 1986.

Judge Kim-Tenorio’s term expires on Dec. 21, 2020. She was sworn in as associate judge on Dec. 22, 2013. She is currently a judge for the CNMI Drug Court.

 She served as legal counsel for former Gov. Eloy S. Inos, and is also a former legal counsel for the lt. governor and the CNMI Legislature.

In 2016, Judge Kim-Tenorio was appointed by Ninth Circuit Chief Judge Sidney R. Thomas to serve as a designated judge in the District Court of the Northern Mariana Islands.

Source: Marianas Variety : http://www.mvariety.com/cnmi/cnmi-news/local/108894-voters-retain-chief-justice-castro-judge-kim-tenorio

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