Former deputy attorney general Viola Alepuyo is seriously considering running next year for the attorney general post, which is now an elective position.
When asked by Saipan Tribune yesterday about talks that she is eyeing the AG post, Alepuyo said that she is being urged by friends and family members to run for the position.
“I have sent out feelers consulting my family and giving it serious consideration,” Alepuyo said, without elaborating.
For the first time in CNMI history, voters will elect an attorney general during the election in November 2014.
The CNMI AG has always been a governor-appointed position. In 2012, voters ratified a legislative initiative to make the position an election one.
In December 2012, Alepuyo, as then deputy attorney general, recommended Joey P. San Nicolas to then governor Benigno R. Fitial to be the new attorney general after Edward T. Buckingham left the CNMI and subsequently resigned.
San Nicolas was subsequently nominated and confirmed by the Senate.
Alepuyo resigned from the Office of the Attorney General on April 19, 2013, to go back to law practice. The NMI Retirement Fund then retained her as part-time in-house counsel.