Department of Fire and Emergency Medical Services Commissioner Dennis James Camacho Mendiola said Tuesday that he is running for the lone Rota senatorial seat on Rota as a Republican.
It will be Mendiola’s first time to seek an elected position.
Mendiola, 40, is expected to challenge the incumbent, long-time Rota Sen. Paul A. Manglona, who is an independent, on Nov. 3.
The DFEMS commissioner said he will share his platforms with the public once the Commonwealth Election Commission has certified his candidacy.
It was earlier reported that Mendiola is running as an independent. Mendiola clarified that he is a GOP member and will join other Republican candidates who will file their candidacies at the Commonwealth Election Commission in Susupe next week.
A representative of Mendiola submitted the petition for his candidacy last Friday.
So far, only five persons have filed their candidacies.
Radio talk show host Glenn Hocog Manglona is running as an independent for a seat in the House of Representatives Precinct 1, while Fish and Wildlife officer Jim Michael Atalig Atalig is seeking a seat in the Rota Municipal Council.
Rota Municipal Council chief of staff Lorita Mesngon Manglona, who is eyeing a seat in the Rota Municipal Council, was the first one to file candidacy for this year’s election.
Retired U.S. Navy Vincent Raymond Seman Aldan also filed his candidacy as an independent for a House Precinct 1 seat, making him the first one on Saipan to file his candidacy for this year’s election.
The CEC has been accepting the filing of petitions and candidacies since July 6. Aug. 5 is the deadline to submit nominating petition and candidacy.
The position for the U.S. delegate to the U.S. House of Representatives and 34 other government positions, excluding three from the Judiciary for retention, are up for grabs in the coming general elections on Nov. 3.