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NMI Democrats: ‘Public interest before special interests’

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 THE revived NMI Democratic Party on Wednesday launched its platform for the 2020 midterm elections.

The party’s senatorial and House candidates in all precincts joined party chairwoman, Nola Hix, former Lt. Gov. Jesus C. Borja and former Judge Herbert Soll in approving the platform of the local Democrats who last won a legislative election in 2007.

The NMI Democratic Party candidates gesture as they pose for a photo with former Democratic Lt. Gov. Jesus Borja, seated third right, and former Judge Herbert Soll, seated third left, shortly after a meeting at the Kilili Beach pavilion on Wednesday. Contributed photo

The NMI Democrats said they are guided by the following core values:

Collaboration

“We work together as a team, for all people, in all precincts, for all islands.”

Responsibility

“We work to ensure decisions are data driven and government resources are used efficiently.”

Accountability

“We work to restore public trust and integrity in the government through transparency and the rule of law.”  

Vision                       

“We work for a better, fairer, and brighter future for every island resident: rolling up our sleeves, mobilizing grassroots voters, and organizing everywhere to empower our communities.”

Ethics                       

“We are the party of the people, serving the common good and fighting for equality, fairness, and opportunity for all. We strive for honest, principled, and trustworthy leadership, and we place the public interest before special interests.”

The NMI Democrats said  public office is a public trust, adding that they will hold themselves and their colleagues to the highest ethical standards, and will abide faithfully by the oath of office and the CNMI Government Ethics Code.

In addition, they vowed to diligently attend and participate in legislative sessions and committee meetings.

They also promised to:

  • Collaborate in the performance of their duties, including drafting, sponsoring, reviewing, deliberating, and deciding on legislation that puts the people of the Commonwealth first above all special interests.
  • Support legislative rules that require all members to maintain records and publish quarterly reports of their expenditures.
  • Regularly report to the people and welcome their feedback through community outreach and engagement, including but not limited to, public hearings, town hall meetings, and social media.
  • Ensure that public funds are only spent on public purposes, including all funds allocated to our individual public offices for operational expenses.
  • Work to improve the fiscal responsibility, performance, and efficiency of our government.
  • Limit travel only to vitally important government purposes, and will report to the people after travel is performed.
  • Work to develop a diversified and sustainable economy that will improve the standard of living for all of the people.
  • Support fairness, transparency, and accountability in government hiring and contracting.
  • Support the growth and development of locally owned small businesses.
  • Strengthen the Personnel Service System to ensure fairness and due process, support employee morale, and reward excellence in public service.
  • Support increased investments in the Commonwealth's healthcare system, will work to expand access to affordable and quality healthcare for all CNMI residents.
  • Require quarterly reports from each executive department, which shall provide and include expenditures, travel, performance and ways to help the economy.
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