Having a Northern Islands representative in the municipal council would support redevelopment efforts in the area, said council vice chair Antonia M. Tudela.
Tudela and council chair Ramon B. Camacho adopted in February a resolution to endorse the nomination of Diego Litulumar Kaipat to the council.
Kaipat, a retired nurse nominated by Northern Islands Mayor Tobias Aldan, still needs to be confirmed by the Saipan and Northern Islands Delegation.
Tudela emphasized that it is only fair to have a Northern Islands resident to represent the “northern frontier” in the council.
“The development of the Northern Islands will be good for the whole CNMI,” she said.
While Tudela does not know Kaipat personally, she touted Kaipat's “good reputation” among those who do know him.
This early, Tudela said, Kaipat has begun discussions with him and Camacho regarding business opportunities in the Northern Islands.
She said Kaipat is looking at getting a Korean investor to capitalize in sugarcane planting in the Northern Islands to improve the local economy.
“Right now, we're hurting because of the economy and Mr. Kaipat is the kind of person that we want in the council-someone who can work with us for the benefit of Saipan, the Northern Islands, and the entire Commonwealth,” added Tudela.