U.S. Delegate Gregorio Kilili Camacho Sablan (Ind-MP) filed yesterday morning his candidacy to seek a sixth term as the CNMI’s nonvoting delegate in the U.S. House of Representatives, a position that he has been holding since he was sworn into office in January 2009.
“I hereby declare I am a candidate to represent the people of the Northern Mariana Islands in the United States House of Representatives,” said Sablan shortly filing his petition for nomination at the Commonwealth Election Commission Office in Susupe.
Sablan’s announcement drew applause from former governor Juan N. Babauta, former education commissioner Dr. Rita A. Sablan, former governor Carlos Camacho, and several other supporters, family members, and independent candidates.
Babauta and Dr. Sablan are running as independent bets for governor and lieutenant governor, respectively.
“Most of you have been with me since the beginning. When the odds were against us, you believed,” the incumbent Delegate Sablan said. “And because you are still here, you must still believe.”
Sablan had been in the past either running unopposed or winning by landslides. But this Nov. 6 election, he is facing a younger candidate, Rep. Angel Demapan, from the ruling Republican Party.