Acting chief justice Alexandro C. Castro, the founder of the prestigious Attorney General's Cup speech competition, will seek his second retention on the bench this coming Nov. 6 election.
Castro submitted on Wednesday his notice of intent to be on the ballot for retention at the Commission on Election.
“I wish to continue serving the Commonwealth as a justice of the Supreme Court,” Castro said in his letter to election commission executive director Robert A. Guerrero.
Castro requested the election commission to include his name on the ballots for the Nov. 6 election for retention in the office of associate justice.
Pursuant to Article IV, Section 5 of the Commonwealth Constitution, justices of the CNMI Supreme Court have terms of eight years and must be retained at the general election immediately before the end of each term by a majority of the votes casts.
Castro ascended to the CNMI Supreme Court bench on July 9, 1998. In 2005, voters retained Castro and the late chief justice Miguel Demapan. Castro's eight-year term will expire in July 2014.
Also up for retention this year are Superior Court associate judges David A. Wiseman and Perry B. Inos.
Wiseman had already filed his notice of intent to seek his second retention election. As of yesterday, it was not clear yet whether Inos will be seeking his first retention.