The brother of the late respected educator Dr. Rita Hocog-Inos is seeking a seat in the State Board of Education, promising to continue the legacy of the Commonwealth's former education chief.
Angel Hocog confirmed with Saipan Tribune that he made this decision following consultation with his family, who supports his candidacy wholeheartedly.
Hocog is the incumbent executive director of the Arts Council and formerly served as a member of the 9th Municipal Council. He will run for a BOE seat for Saipan, which has two slots up for grabs this midterm election.
Hocog graduated from Northern Marianas College with a bachelor's degree in elementary education.
Hocog disclosed that his decision to run for a BOE seat was inspired by his deceased sister and family members who would like to continue Inos' legacy. He believes he will be an asset to the board in formulating sound policy decisions.
When asked about his top priorities if elected to the post, Hocog cited the need to continue to protect the interest of students and the system's employees at all levels. The need to seek more funding and assistance for education is also his priorities.
Hocog believes that the limited budget for public schools is hampering the delivery of quality education to children. He said he is also counting on the help and assistance of many supporters and friends of the former education commissioner to do his job.
Two other individuals have already announced their decision to run for a BOE seat in the Nov. 6 polls-Tanya King for Rota and Vic Cepeda for Saipan. The terms of BOE chair Marylou Ada and member Galvin Deleon Guerrero are expiring in January but both have yet to decide if they will seek re-election.