Superior Court Associate Judge Perry B. Inos yesterday confirmed that he would seek his first retention on the bench this coming Nov. 6 election.
“I'm fair and honest,” Inos replied as to Saipan Tribune's question as to why should the people vote for his retention.
Inos, 45, said he likes what he is doing as a judge and that he is taking his job seriously.
“I want to maintain the integrity of the court,” the judge said.
Inos' first six-year term as a judge will expire in September 2014. He began to serve on the bench on Sept. 22, 2008.
Article IV Section 5 of the CNMI Constitution provides that the retention election of a judge shall be placed on the ballot at the general election immediately before the end of the judge's term.
Inos notified Commonwealth Election Commission executive director Robert A. Guerrero on Wednesday of his intent to be on the ballot for retention.
“I am honored serving in my fourth year as an associate judge. I take this opportunity to ask the people of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands to vote yes on my retention and to continue serving as an associate judge,” Inos said in the letter to Guerrero.
Also up for retention this year are acting chief justice Alexandro C. Castro and associate judge David A. Wiseman. Castro and Wiseman had already filed their notice of intent to seek their second retention on the bench.