Palacios yet to decide to run for office next year


Lt. Gov. Arnold I. Palacios said last week that he has yet to decide whether he will run for office in next year’s gubernatorial elections.

In an interview at his office, Palacios said he has not really sat down to fully consider the idea of running for a government position in the 2022 elections.

He said, though that one “never say never” in politics.

Palacios just arrived on Saipan from the U.S. mainland three weeks ago after he was gone for three months due to a medical issue.

He said he and Gov. Ralph DLG Torres have not really talked about the 2022 election because of many different issues facing the CNMI right now.

“To me, those kind of things if they come, they come,” the lieutenant governor said.

Palacios said under the law, Torres can still seek re-election as governor.

Then-lieutenant governor Torres became governor in December 2018 following the death in office of the late governor Eloy S. Inos.

Torres, with Palacios as his running mate, won a full four-year term as governor at the Nov. 13, 2018, general elections.

Palacios said there are so many things on the table. “So much to be thankful and be grateful for. At the same time, we still got so much to address and face,” he said.

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

Related Posts

Disclaimer: Comments are moderated. They will not appear immediately or even on the same day. Comments should be related to the topic. Off-topic comments would be deleted. Profanities are not allowed. Comments that are potentially libelous, inflammatory, or slanderous would be deleted.