Both of Gov. Ralph DLG Torres’ appointees to the Commonwealth Election Commission and Commonwealth Scholarship Office board were approved last Friday.
Patricia Mareham was unanimously approved for the CEC position as the female Carolinian representative of Saipan while Charlene Masiwemai was approved unanimously for a slot on the CSO board.
Masiwemai was nominated last Dec. 29, 2017, but was unable to attend the Senate session on Capital Hill last week.
“The Committee on Executive Appointments and Government Investigations recommends that the Senate give its advice and consent to [Masiwemai] to serve as a member of the CSO board,” said committee chair Sen. Francisco Cruz (R-Tinian) on the Senate floor.
The committee expressed the same for Mareham.
Mareham, who is an outreach coordinator at the Women’s Affairs Office, said she would be of as much help as possible to the CEC.
“I will do my best with my colleagues to see what we can do about the challenges we had in prior years,” she said.
Mareham would be filling former commissioner Trinidad Rabauliman’s slot at the CEC.
“I’m just new, so I would need to go by the book and pick up fast,” she said. “I would do my best to serve the Refaluwasch community.”