Covenant Party chair Gregorio Kazuma Camacho, along with campaign chair Oscar Babauta, filed nomination petitions and documents with the Commonwealth Election Commission yesterday afternoon to make the candidacy of four party members for the Nov. 6 midterm elections official.
They filed the candidacy for Ana Sablan Teregeyo, the Covenant Party's senatorial candidate for Saipan; former Public Works secretary Martin Sablan, running for a House seat representing Precinct 1; Bryan S. Torres, the Public School System's mathematics program coordinator and is running for a House seat for Precinct 3; and incumbent Rep. Edmund Villagomez (Cov-Saipan) for Precinct 3.
Only Teregeyo and Torres were present at the filing of candidacy yesterday.
Incumbent Ralph Demapan (Cov-Saipan), who was also at the Election Commission yesterday, had already filed his candidacy days before, along with fellow Precinct 2 candidate John Paul “JP” Sablan.
Camacho and Babauta said the Covenant Party will name at least three more candidates for Precincts 1, 4, and 5.
“We are working with the community, the voters, and we look forward to it,” Camacho said when asked about the chances of the Covenant Party winning the midterm elections.
He said Covenant Party candidates can cooperatively work with other candidates, referring to independents and so-called Independent Republicans who are forming an alliance.
Babauta, for his part, said Covenant Party members have not strayed away from the issues on which the party was founded: economy, Retirement Fund, and health issues, among other things.
He said Lt. Gov. Eloy S. Inos, now acting governor, as titular head of the Covenant Party, helps make the party a formidable force in the elections.
The Covenant Party is expected to finalize its roster of candidates by the end of this week.
Gov. Benigno R. Fitial founded the Covenant Party 11 years ago to support his gubernatorial bid. He left the party in 2011 to rejoin the Republican Party, which he now chairs again. While others followed the governor to the Republican Party, others like his running mate Inos remained with the Covenant Party.