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.