After months of dodging the question, acting governor Jude U. Hofschneider confirmed with Saipan Tribune yesterday that he will run again for a Senate seat representing Tinian in the 2014 elections.
Gov. Eloy S. Inos is off-island and Hofschneider as lieutenant governor automatically becomes the CNMI’s acting governor until Inos’ return this weekend.
“I am seeking reelection as a senator. There’s still work to do and I would still like to be able to serve the people,” Hofschneider said in an interview after planting trees and signing yesterday afternoon a proclamation declaring November 2013 CNMI Arbor, Soil and Water Conservation Month.
Hofschneider served in the 15th, 16th, and 17th Senate. He sought re-election in 2012 and secured a seat in the 18th Senate in January this year, becoming the Senate president.
However, the turn of events that culminated in former governor Benigno R. Fitial’s resignation on Feb. 20 cut short Hofschneider’s Senate presidency because he ascended to the position of lieutenant governor when then Lt. Gov. Eloy S. Inos became governor.
Hofschneider, as Senate president in February, signed a writ of summons to Fitial to appear before the Senate and respond to the charges and requests for subpoenas and other documents. The House impeached Fitial on 18 charges of corruption, felony, and neglect of duty.
A day after Hofschneider signed that letter, Fitial resigned. That was days before the March 7 start of his impeachment trial at the Senate.
“I’m very honored to serve as lieutenant governor and I would like to continue serving the people again as a senator if given another chance by the people of Tinian. We have seen economic activities in the CNMI but we are still in a very fragile state,” Hofschneider added.
In July, Hofschneider’s friends and supporters held a birthday fundraiser for him but at the time, there was no telling which political position he was gunning for when he runs in November 2014. Earlier, it was a choice between running as a Tinian mayor or as a senator once again.