A total of 78 candidates have filed petitions seeking government positions in the upcoming mid-term elections, while a total of three legislative initiatives were received by the Commonwealth Election Commission upon the 6pm filing deadline yesterday.
For the U.S. non-voting delegate position, two have submitted petitions which include incumbent Independent Gregorio Kilili Sablan Sablan (Ind-MP) and the Republican Party's Ignacia Demapan.
For Senate seats, four individuals have submitted petitions for Saipan including Ana Teregeyo (Covevant), Illuminada Bermudes (Independent), Sen. Luis Crisostimo (Rep-Saipan), and Sen. Ray Yumul (Ind-Saipan).
For the Tinian Senate seat, the race will be between Francisco Borja (Independent) and Joaquin Borja (Republican). Vying for the Senate seat for Rota are Senate President Paul Manglona (Ind-Rota) and Victor Hocog (Republican).
There are 12 candidates for House precinct 1 seats: Martin Sablan (Covevant); Rep. Antonio Sablan (Ind-Saipan); Rep. Joseph Deleon Guerrero (Ind-Saipan); Mariano Taitano (Independent); Roman Benavente (Independent); Rep. Janet Maratita (Ind-Saipan); Speaker Eliceo Cabrera (Rep-Saipan); Jose Limes (Republican); Rep. Joseph Palacios (Rep-Saipan); Ramon Dela Cruz (Republican); Richard Seman (Republican); and Vicente Cabrera (Republican).
For House precinct 2, candidates are Eric Demapan (Independent); John Paul Sablan (Covenant); Rep. Rafael Demapan (Cov-Saipan); Daniel Aquino Jr. (Independent); Eric Atalig (Republican); and Liana Hofschneider (Republican).
Meanwhile, a total of 16 filed their candidacies for House precinct 3. These include Anthony Benavente (Independent); Brian Torres (Covenant); David Maratita (Republican); Rep. Edmund Villagomez (Cov-Saipan); Rep. Stanley Torres (Ind-Saipan); vice speaker Felicidad Ogumoro (Rep-Saipan); Rep. Francisco Dela Cruz (Ind.-Saipan); Ignacio Cabrera (Independent); Jesus Castro (Republican); Jose Saures (Republican); Juan Reyes (Republican); Mariano Fajardo (Independent); Ralph Yumul (Independent); Rep. Ramon Tebuteb (Ind-Saipan); Raymond Lizama (Independent); and Roy Rios (Republican).
For House precinct 4, four individuals are seeking positions-Christopher Leon Guerrero (Covenant); Rep. George Camacho (Rep-Saipan); Rep. Sylvestre Iguel (Rep-Saipan); and Jesus Wabol Jr. (Independent).
For House precinct 5, the following are running for representative: Antonio Agulto (Independent); Rep. Fredrick Deleon Guerrero (Rep-Saipan); Jesse Torres (Democratic Party); Lorenzo Deleon Guerreo (Republican); Rep. Ramon Basa (Rep-Saipan); and Daniel Quitugua (Independent).
For the Tinian House seat, the race will be between Edwin Aldan (Republican) and Rep. Trenton Conner (Ind-Tinian). For Rota, vying for House seat are Felix Santos (Independent) and Rep. Teresita Santos (Rep-Rota).
For Saipan's municipal council, three have submitted petitions: Bernardo Cruz, Ramon Camacho, and Antonia Tudela.
Meantime, there are five potential candidates for the Tinian municipal council posts: Estevan Cabrera, Eugenio Villagomez, Joseph Borja, Patrick Manglona, and Raynaldo Cing.
For Rota, municipal council aspirants include Garder Barcinas, George Hocog, Glenn Maratita, Prudencio Manglona, Robert Ulloa, and Alexander Apatang.
For the State Board of Education, four filed petitions for Saipan: Janice Tenorio, Victorino Cepeda, Marylou Ada, and Angel Hocog. For Rota's BOE seat, aspirants are Dexter Apatang and Tanya King.
Three legislative initiatives
Election commission executive director Robert A. Guerrero disclosed to Saipan Tribune yesterday that the following are the initiatives to be placed in the November ballots: House Legislative Initiative 17-2, which seeks to make the Attorney General an elected position; Senate Legislative Initiative 17-12, which seeks to amend Northern Marianas College's mission statement; and the newly passed House Legislative Initiative 17-5, which will allow the government to float a bond to pay off its $325 million debt to the troubled NMI Retirement Fund.