1 more independent candidate files candidacy for House seat

2 also file for BOE seats

Three more persons have filed their candidacies for the Nov. 8 general elections. The Commonwealth Election Commission started accepting submission of nominating petitions and candidacy last July 11.

Anthony Indalecio Duenas, Herman Manglona Atalig, and Andrew Lujan Orsini filed their candidacies before the election commission last week and early this week.

Election commission acting executive director Julita Villagomez disclosed yesterday that Duenas is running as an independent for a House of Representatives Precinct 1 seat.

Precinct 1 covers San Antonio, San Vicente, and Koblerville.

Villagomez said Atalig filed his candidacy for the Board of Education Rota position, while Commonwealth Utilities Corp. human resources manager Orsini filed his candidacy for the BOE Saipan position.

Villagomez said for the BOE positions, there are two seats that would be contested for the November polls—one each for Saipan and Rota.

Former lawmaker Antonio Muna Camacho was the first to file his candidacy. He is running as an independent for a House of Representatives Precinct 5 seat.

Precinct 5 covers Kagman, Papago, As Terlaje, and part of San Vicente.

Camacho used to serve as a House representative.

Villagomez said the deadline to file nominations and candidacy is Aug. 10.

She said election commissioners have to meet to certify the candidates.

Meanwhile, Villagomez disclosed that election commission staff will be going to Tinian and Rota to accept candidates’ petitions and nominations on Aug. 9 and 10.

“We’re doing this so they don’t have to come here,” Villagomez said.

Villagomez said the CEC staff will be accepting petitions and nominations both at the Department of Public Safety on Tinian and Rota on that same days from 8:30am to 4:30pm.

There are 35 seats up for grabs in the coming Nov. 8 general elections.

Villagomez said it used to be called mid-term elections, but the election commission now calls it general elections.

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Ferdie De La Torre | Reporter
Ferdie Ponce de la Torre is a veteran journalist who has covered all news beats in the CNMI. Born in Lilo-an, Cebu City in the Philippines, De la Torre graduated from the University of Santo Tomas with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. He is a recipient of many commendations and awards, including the CNMI Judiciary’s prestigious Justice Award for his over 10 years of reporting on the judiciary’s proceedings and decisions. Contact him at ferdie_delatorre@saipantribune.com

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