The central executive committee of the Democratic Party of the CNMI has certified the candidacy of Jesse David Torres to represent the party in House precinct 5.
With his family and supporters, the Democrat's lone candidate this mid-term elections filed his petition at the Commonwealth Election Commission yesterday with the promise that he would help “rebuild” the Commonwealth.
Torres holds a masters degree in marketing and human resource management from California State University. He obtained his bachelor of science degree in business administration from Portland State University.
Torres also holds an associate degree in business management from the Northern Marianas College. Torres is the son of Juan Taitingfong Torres and Maria Jones Torres.
Torres lost when he ran for the same post in the 2009 elections. He said Kagman residents are the reason why he is again running for office. He is convinced that with his educational and professional background, he will be an asset to the Legislature and the CNMI people.
Torres manages his family's real estate business and worked as manager for an insurance company. He was also a former employee of the Kagman postal service and an instructor at the college. For some years, he also led the Kagman Community Association as its president.
“A lot of people have asked me to run again because based on the last election, I came close and almost won the position. People say they need my help.and I just feel that I have the knowledge that it takes to help create effective legislation for the CNMI,” he told Saipan Tribune, adding that he is giving Kagman voters a new “option” this coming election.
When asked about specific projects he wants to pursue for Kagman, Torres cited the need to revive the Kagman youth center, to resume the police visibility in the Kagman areas, to improve village roads, and develop infrastructure that will help create jobs, among others.
“I want to provide our people a choice. If people are still happy with them [incumbents], I respect their decision. If they want an option, I am asking them to please vote for me,” he told Saipan Tribune.
In a statement provided yesterday, Torres believes that the Democratic Party is the only party that truly represents the people. If elected, he said he will devote his time, effort, and energy in bringing solutions to the islands' problems. He said the party has a set of visions and goals which he believes will rebuild the CNMI.
Among Torres' supporters yesterday were Democratic Party chair Atty. Edward Manibusan and vice chair Jesse Borja.
Democratic Party condemns police action
Meantime, the Democratic Party issued a statement yesterday condemning the actions taken by some police officers and ports police officers in assisting Attorney General Edward T. Buckingham in leaving the CNMI last Saturday morning.
“The Democratic Party of the CNMI will not tolerate such activities of our law enforcement, backed by the Executive Branch. The people and personnel involved in assisting a defendant [Buckingham] evade justice should be investigated and immediately removed from public office,” the party's statement indicated.
It added that the “Republican and Covenant administration have allowed too many lawless acts to be committed against our people. It is time to rise and say no more.”