10 Jan 2018
- By Mindy Aguon – For Variety
HAGÅTÑA (The Guam Daily Post) — Sen. Dennis Rodriguez Jr. confirmed he is running for higher office, hoping to do more for the people of Guam in a different capacity. The lawmaker said the decision to run for governor came after talking with his wife and listening to island residents.
“My wife, Lena, and I talked this over. I will continue (what the outgoing governor) has done and start us on a new path, where we’re able to do even more, especially to help people who’ve been struggling,” Rodriguez told The Guam Daily Post.
“As a senator I’ve helped create the law, but there are limits to what a senator can do that only a governor can see through,” he said.
The Dededo resident is serving his fourth term in the Guam Legislature and said he respects all the good things Gov. Eddie Calvo has done.
“Though I admire what Governor Calvo has done, he only had so much time to do it. I know I can succeed him, and execute policies that will do even more,” Rodriguez stated. He said an announcement regarding his running mate can be expected in the next few weeks.
“I have so much confidence in our future, and I want to serve as the governor to help lead it,” he said.
He joins fellow Democratic gubernatorial hopefuls: Bank of Guam president and former Sen. Lou Leon Guerrero and her running mate Joshua Tenorio; Sen. Frank Aguon Jr. and former U.S. Attorney Alicia Limtiaco; and former Gov. Carl Gutierrez, who has yet to announce his running mate.
Republican Lt. Gov. Ray Tenorio indicated to the Guam Election Commission that he is running for governor, but he has yet to officially announce his bid for the top seat in the executive branch. Tenorio also has not confirmed the selection of his running mate, former Sen. Tony Ada, despite political ads and signs that show their images with the slogan “BOTA 2018.”
Source: Marianas Variety : http://www.mvariety.com/cnmi/cnmi-news/local/101359-guam-s-rodriguez-confirms-gubernatorial-bid