Ex-DPS official eyes Saipan mayoralty


Ramon Blas “RB” Camacho, a former Department of Public Safety assistant chief of police, wants to be the mayor of Saipan.

In an interview yesterday, Camacho said this will be his second time to run for the post. Camacho went head-to-head with current Saipan Mayor David M. Apatang at the last election and came second.

Camacho has served the community through his post at DPS as well as his three terms in the Saipan and Northern Islands Municipal Council.

He is currently part of the Criminal Justice Advisory Council, the CNMI Parole Board chairman, and is president of the Saipan Farmers Association.

Camacho was tempted to run again after hearing news, which turned out to be false, that Apatang will not be running for a second term. Apatang announced his candidacy in late 2017.

Camacho said his goal as mayor is to revive the Neighborhood Watch program and establish multiple other community programs that deal with beautification and preventing crime in neighborhoods.

Camacho believes the Neighborhood Watch program can lessen the crime rate in the CNMI.

During Camacho’s time in the municipal council, he was deeply involved in establishing the Neighborhood Watch program in the CNMI, but it later fizzled out. If elected mayor, Camacho’s first act is to revive the program. Other programs Camacho is hoping to establish is an adopt-a-place program, an after-school recreational program for students, and the backyard garden program.

All these programs deal with environmental cleanliness. The programs wouldn’t just aid in island beautification but keep the community safe.

Camacho believes that if neighborhoods are maintained, there wouldn’t be any places left for robbers, burglars, etc. to hide.

Camacho is running as an independent candidate and will be running against Apatang, a Republican candidate.

Kimberly Bautista Esmores | Reporter
Kimberly Bautista Esmores has covered a wide range of news beats, including the community, housing, crime, and more. She now covers sports for the Saipan Tribune. Contact her at kimberly_bautista@saipantribune.com.

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