Marianas Variety

Last updateWed, 12 Dec 2018 12am

Headlines:

     

     

     

     

     

    Tuesday, December 11, 2018-1:10:10A.M.

     

     

     

     

     

Font Size

Settings

GOP team eyes November sweep

DRESSED in red, accompanied by their supporters, and confident that they will sweep this year’s elections, the  candidates of the Republican Party of the CNMI Association filed their certificates of candidacy with the Commonwealth Election Commission yesterday morning.

Gov. Benigno R. Fitial, center, and his candidate for congressional delegate, Dr. Ignacia T. Demapan, hand the certificate of candidacies of the GOP slate to Commonwealth Election Commission Executive Director Robert Guerrero on Monday. Photo by Emmanuel T. EredianoGov. Benigno R. Fitial, center, and his candidate for congressional delegate, Dr. Ignacia T. Demapan, hand the certificate of candidacies of the GOP slate to Commonwealth Election Commission Executive Director Robert Guerrero on Monday. Photo by Emmanuel T. EredianoGov. Benigno R. Fitial, the party’s leader, said they have a “complete slate,” but the GOP has no official candidates on Tinian, and in the party’s traditional bailiwick, Precinct 3, which has six House seats, the GOP has five candidates only.

Moreover, several candidates on the GOP slate include former Covenant Party members, Democrats and Independents.

Incumbent Republican House members in Precincts 1 and 3 are running as “Independent Republicans.”

“We need to have a complete slate because we understand that teamwork is necessary,” Fitial said.

His party, he added, has something good for the commonwealth.

“The fact that we are now associated with the Republican National Committee, we can safely say that if Mitt Romney becomes president, and if the Republicans take over the U.S. Senate, then the commonwealth will be in better hands. That’s the only reason why I’m urging the people to vote for a team, a team that has a good relationship with the federal government. I believe in this team,” he said.

Fitial believes that voting for his team will provide proper representation for the commonwealth.

“This representation can best be enhanced with the relationship with the Republican National Committee,” he added.

Fitial  showed members of the media a personal letter from Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney thanking him for the local GOP’s support of his campaign.

Fitial also cited the fact that Romney sent his son and brother-in-law to the commonwealth.

“It is a strong indication that he cares for us. Romney told me if he is blessed to be elected, I will never forget you.”

RNC

Fitial said  he and the other eight local GOP delegates, will be in Tampa Bay, Florida on Aug. 26 for the 2012 Republican National Convention.

He said this will be the first time the CNMI will have a delegation of this size.

“Each member of the delegation will pay for their expenses, but the RNC will provide some funds to the local GOP,” he added.

He said that he is very close to the party’s national chairman, Reince Priebus.

“Every time [Press Secretary Angel Demapan] and I go to Washington, D.C., we always go and relax in his office.”

For delegate

The GOP’s candidate for U.S. Congress, Dr. Ignacia T. Demapan said she is “sort of excited” in her race against incumbent U.S. Congressman Gregorio Kilili Camacho Sablan, who filed his candidacy on July 9.

“I am here to give a different look to our U.S. delegate contest. I feel that I can be really strong and represent the people of the CNMI in the U.S. Congress. I will not be afraid because there are many issues that need to be worked out. I do hope that people of the CNMI will give me their vote of confidence so that I can work for them.”

The following are the other GOP candidates:

• Luis P. Crisostimo, who is seeking a third term as Saipan senator.

• Precinct 1 — Speaker Eliceo D. Cabrera, Rep. Joseph M. Palacios, Richard B. Seman, Ray Dela Cruz, Joe Limes and Vicente Cabrera.

• Precinct 2 — Liana S. Hofschneider and Eric B. Atalig.

• Precinct 3 — Vice Speaker Felicidad T. Ogumoro, Roy T. Rios, Jose Suares, John S. Reyes, and David Maratita.

• Precinct 4 — House Floor Leader George N. Camacho and Rep. Sylvestre I. Iguel.

• Precinct 5 — Reps. Ramon S. Basa and Fredrick P. Deleon Guerrero.

• On Rota, Victor B. Hocog, who is running for senator against Senate President Paul A. Manglona; and Rep. Teresita A. Santos who is seeking a second term against her cousin, Felix Santos.