Gov. Eloy S. Inos told Saipan Tribune last night that he is running for governor under the Covenant Party in the 2014 elections, hoping that voters will allow him to continue implementing his recovery plan and other reforms to “put us back on track.”
“I am running for governor in 2014,” Inos said. “Running for one full term will give me the opportunity to continue turning things around. I see good things happening but we need to do more.”
Inos ascended to the governor’s post on Feb. 20 after former governor Benigno R. Fitial resigned days before the start of his impeachment trial at the Senate.
He has been governor for just six months but the government has already been making strides in prolonging the NMI Retirement Fund’s lifespan and improving the tourism industry that is expected to continue growing.
Inos has been holding townhall meetings to explain the tentatively approved Fund settlement agreement and to directly answer questions from the crowd. Townhall meetings were a rarity among previous CNMI governors.
Inos said he is not also losing sight of improving the conditions and services of the Commonwealth Healthcare Corp., the Commonwealth Utilities Corp., Public School System and Northern Marianas College, and other government programs.
The governor said he will be making a formal announcement of his gubernatorial candidacy on his 64th birthday on Sept. 26.
“I am seeking the support of the CNMI people. Together we can do a lot of things to improve the lives of our people,” he added.
Besides Inos, the other potential gubernatorial candidates in 2014 are Senate President Ralph Torres (R-Saipan) and former speaker Heinz S. Hofschneider.
Months ago, Inos’ critics created noise about his ongoing dialysis treatment but the Covenant Party, his supporters, and the administration itself said this has not hampered the governor’s ability to lead the CNMI in these trying times.
Previous governors received medical treatment while in office, including Fitial who underwent surgery to correct spinal stenosis and was at times in a wheelchair but continued to govern and managed to get re-elected, among other things.