Ramon B. Camacho, chairman of the Saipan and Northern Islands Municipal Council, says he will run for Saipan mayor in next year’s general elections.
He is expected to officially announce his candidacy during a fundraising event at 5:30pm today at the Filcom Pavilion in Susupe.
“I pledge to be a mayor who will be hands-on and will give personalized attention to village issues and village concerns and embrace village solutions. I believe it takes the entire village to move our community forward to progress and prosperity for all.”
Camacho said he wants to expand his projects at the municipal council. Some of the community based efforts the 55-year-old is known for are the Adopt-a-Place and Neighborhood Watch programs.
He said he wants to empower the community to solve the ills of the islands, which include neglected inner villages, rise in crime, and the general peace and order situation.
A former police officer with over 20 years of service in the force, Camacho said he is not after the position but the chance to use the office to help improve Saipan and its residents.
Camacho is also chairman of the CNMI Board Of Parole. He and his fellow council members in the 10th and 11th Saipan and Northern Islands Municipal Council were the prime movers for the restoration and development of the Chalan Kanoa Memorial Leadership Kiosku.
He has also been a coordinator of the Agricultural Fair, advocate of farmers cooperative, and a coordinator and advocate of beautification, community revitalization, and cultural and public safety activities in the CNMI.
Camacho is married to Delia Camacho and they have four children: Dexter, Ray Anthony, Felix, and Jonathan.
This early, he expects as many as six candidates to vie for the mayoralty post in the November 2014 elections.
Donald Flores is the incumbent mayor of Saipan.
Camacho recently asked the Office of Attorney General to look into Flores’ practice of assigning an officer-in-charge whenever he goes off-island.
Camacho argued that under Saipan Local Law 17-8, the municipal council chair should serve as acting mayor in Flores’ stead.