Four vying in special polls

Re-electionist Barcinas, Peter beat deadline for filing candidacies

Former representative Donald Cabrera Barcinas of the Democratic Party and Marco Taisakan Peter of the Republican Party managed to beat Friday’s deadline for filing their candidacies for the special election for a Precinct 3 seat in the House of Representatives.

Four candidates are vying for the lone precinct seat in the March 23 special election. The two other candidates are David Castro Sablan and Mariano DLG Fajardo.

Barcinas and Peter were accompanied by family members, friends, members of their respective committees-to-elect and some party officers during the filing of their candidacies and nominating petitions.

Barcinas landed in seventh place in his re-election bid in the Nov. 13 general election. He was 97 votes behind sixth placer, Rep. Jose Ilo Itibus (R-Saipan).

He believes that, with the support of the Democratic Party and the people who believe in him, he will be re-elected. “I want to continue serving the people of Precinct 3 and the people of the Commonwealth—Saipan, Tinian, Rota, and the Northern Islands—to the best of my ability,” Barcinas said.

If he wins, among his priorities is to address issues pertaining to economic development in the Garapan district.

He said he will focus as well on beautification and enhancement of Garapan and its roads and infrastructure.

Barcinas was affiliated with the Republican Party for 10 years, but he recently switched to the Democratic Party. He worked in the business sector for 27 years.

He and his wife own American Pacific Insurance.

Saipan Tribune was still trying to get comments from Peter as of press time.

With the passing of representative Francisco D. Dela Cruz last Jan. 6, a special election will be held on March 23 to fill the vacant seat.

Dela Cruz landed fifth in the November election.

Rep. Edmund Villagomez, an independent, obtained the highest number of votes.

Aside from Sablan, Fajardo, and Barcinas, the candidates that did not make it were Vicente Camacho, Luis Tilipao, and Stanley Torres.

Ferdie De La Torre | Reporter
Ferdie Ponce de la Torre is a senior reporter of Saipan Tribune. He has a bachelor’s degree in journalism and has covered all news beats in the CNMI. He is a recipient of the CNMI Supreme Court Justice Award. Contact him at
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