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NMI Democrats are for Barcinas ‘all the way’

“WE will do what it takes to make our candidate Donald Cabrera Barcinas the top vote-getter on March 23,” NMI Democratic Party chairwoman Nola Hix said, referring to the special election for the vacant Precinct 3 House seat.

 Barcinas is compassionate and committed, she added, “and he has given back so much for the community.”

 The NMI Democrats are supporting Barcinas all the way, she said in an interview after a special meeting of party officials in the Magalahi Room at the Grandvrio Resort on Friday night.

 Barcinas, a former Republican House member who unsuccessfully sought re-election as a candidate of the Independent-Democratic coalition in November, filed his candidacy with the Commonwealth Election Commission on Friday morning.

Barcinas is running on a platform of “courage, compassion, and commitment.”

He said he “believes in the people and I believe that this [House] seat belongs to the people, not me.”

Precinct 3 House candidate Donald Barcinas poses  with the NMI Democratic Party officials and other supporters, including chairwoman Nola Hix, former Gov. Carlos Camacho, former Lt. Gov. Jesus Borja, former Sen. H.R. Guerrero, former Judge Herbert Soll, party vice chair Daniel Quitugua, attorney Michael White, attorney Stephen Woodruff and former Labor Secretary Edith Deleon Guerrero in the Magalahi Room of the Grandvrio Resort.  Photo by Bryan ManabatPrecinct 3 House candidate Donald Barcinas poses with the NMI Democratic Party officials and other supporters, including chairwoman Nola Hix, former Gov. Carlos Camacho, former Lt. Gov. Jesus Borja, former Sen. H.R. Guerrero, former Judge Herbert Soll, party vice chair Daniel Quitugua, attorney Michael White, attorney Stephen Woodruff and former Labor Secretary Edith Deleon Guerrero in the Magalahi Room of the Grandvrio Resort. Photo by Bryan Manabat

Like Barcinas and other Democrats, Hix believes that the former House member should have been appointed to the vacant House seat because he was the “unsuccessful candidate…who received the largest number of votes.”

Barcinas finished seventh in the Precinct 3 House elections. The precinct has six seats.

On Jan. 6, 2019, re-elected Precinct 3 Rep. Frank S. Cruz passed away, creating a vacancy.

 Hix, the first-ever chairwoman of the NMI Democratic Party since its inception 40 years ago, said: “We are the people’s party. We are also the political party that holds our candidates to the highest standards. That is what people can expect from the Democratic Party. We are not going to just put anybody in our party without holding them to these standards.  When you take an oath of office, we want to make sure that you’re responsible to your constituents, and that you are fighting for constituents.”

 Barcinas, she added, “definitely lives up to our standards — he is our candidate of choice.”

The other candidates for the special election are Republican Marco T. Peter, and independents David Castro Sablan and Mariano Deleon Guerrero Fajardo, who finished eighth and ninth in November.