Commonwealth Ports Authority board chair Kimberlyn King-Hinds confirmed Wednesday night that she is not running for any positions in the Nov. 8 general elections. This ended talks that she may run either as the CNMI’s delegate to the U.S. of Representatives or as the CNMI’s attorney general.
In response to Saipan Tribune’s inquiry, King-Hinds said that running for office at this time is not the best use of her skills for the community.
“I have goals that can best be achieved by doing exactly what I’m doing,” said King-Hinds, who is a lawyer.
Last October, the CPA chair stated that although she is not sure at this point whether to run as a CNMI delegate to the U.S. Congress, she is not closing her doors to that option.
With King-Hinds’ final decision not to seek elected office, this leaves the strong likelihood that incumbent Delegate Gregorio Kilili C. Sablan (D-MP) will be running his eighth term unopposed again.
Attorney General Edward Manibusan has yet to announce whether he is seeking re-election or not. No one has expressed an interest yet in running for AG.
King-Hinds said she can finally see for the first time a real possibility of fixing some of the much-needed repairs at the CNMI’s ports.
She said she is also ecstatic about the opportunity to help Tinian Mayor Edwin P. Aldan and the Tinian leadership pursue a green initiative for the island to reduce its carbon footprint and be less reliant on fossil fuel.
King-Hinds said these are plans that will have a direct positive impact on the lives of the people and that at the end of the day, that’s always the goal.
“I’m not interested in titles or positions. I’m interested in results and I think these are goals we can accomplish together,” she added.
The Commonwealth Election Commission has started accepting the submission of nominating petitions and candidacy documents since Monday. Aug. 10 is the last day of such submission.