NMI Republicans reiterate support for Trump

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AROUND 300 people, including members and officers of the NMI Republican Party, gathered at the Minachom Atdao pavilion to reiterate their support for President Donald Trump during the local GOP presidential caucus on Sunday.

Dave Huguenel, regional director of delegates and party organization for the Donald J. Trump for President Campaign, joined Gov. Ralph DLG Torres, Lt. Gov. Arnold I. Palacios, and NMI Republican Party President James Ada in the caucus.

Gov. Ralph DLG Torres, Lt. Gov. Arnold I. Palacios and Trump campaign representative Dave Huguenel pose for a photo with members and officers of the NMI Republican Party during the presidential caucus on Sunday at the Minachom Atdao Pavilion.  Photo by Emmanuel T. Erediano

The GOP also selected a committeeman and a committeewoman as well as six delegates to the Republican National Convention, which will be held from Aug. 24 to 27 in Charlotte, North Carolina.

In addition, the party unanimously retained its board composed of Ada, as party president; Felicidad Ogumoro as first vice president; Vince Torres, second VP; Glenna SP Palacios, secretary; and Rufin Inos, treasurer. The advisors are Pete P. Reyes and Mathilde Rosario.

The local GOP also elected former Lt. Gov. Diego Benavente as the committeeman and Nadine Deleon Guerrero as committeewoman.

The primary NMI GOP delegates to RNC are Angel Demapan, Jack DLG Torres, and Gerilyn Dela Cruz while the alternate delegates are Christopher Concepcion, Viola Alepuyo, and Mark Rabauliman.

In an interview, Huguenel, who was visiting the island for the first time, said it was an honor to be here to represent President Trump.

“It is an absolutely beautiful community and obviously as you see today, the support for the president here is very strong,” he said, adding that there’s a reason for that. “You know, the president has made sure that he supports the territories, and the issues that are important here.”

Huguenel said the president and his administration don’t take anyone, especially friends, for granted.

“The support here is phenomenal and the governor has shown a lot of hospitality and his campaign has been absolutely fantastic,” Huguenel added.

In 2016, Gov. Torres and the local GOP were among Trump’s early supporters. Guam’s then-Republican governor, Eddie Calvo, backed Sen. Ted Cruz.

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