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Former Governor Babauta may run in 2018

FORMER Gov. Juan N. Babauta neither confirmed nor denied that he will run for the islands’ top elective post in next year’s general elections.

“As of this time, I am not confirming or denying anything,” he said in a phone interview.

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A former senator and Washington representative, Babauta was governor from 2002 to 2006. He was an unsuccessful gubernatorial candidate in 2005, 2009 and 2014. He also ran unsuccessfully for U.S. congressman in 2010.

So far, incumbent Republican Gov. Ralph D.L.G. Torres and his running mate, Senate President Arnold I. Palacios, are the only ones who have announced their candidacies for the CNMI’s top two elective posts.

Commonwealth Election Commission Executive Director Julita Villagomez said in Nov. 2018, CNMI voters will also elect a U.S. congressman, 20 CNMI House members and six senators: two each from Saipan, Tinian and Rota.

Voters will likewise elect four mayors, nine municipal council members and two Board of Education members.

The two candidates for U.S. congressman are the incumbent, Gregorio Kilili Camacho Sablan, an Independent aligned with U.S. Democrats who is seeking a sixth term, and his Republican challenger, Rep. Angel Demapan.

As of Dec. 1, the CNMI had around 16,000 registered voters, the election commission said.