Santos to run as Rota mayor


Teresita Santos

Sen. Teresita Apatang Santos (Ind-Rota) will run as mayor of Rota as an independent candidate in the Nov. 8 general elections.

Santos confirmed with Saipan Tribune yesterday that she is not seeking a third term as a senator as she is pleased to announce her mayoral candidacy.

She said with the people’s support and confidence, this November will bring her back home to Rota where she looks forward to continue serving the people.

“This privilege will afford me many opportunities to demonstrate to all of you my solid commitment to fulfilling my campaign slogan promise—Action Speaks,” said Santos in addressing the people of Rota.

Saipan Tribune learned that Rota Mayor Efraim Atalig will be running as a senator this coming election.

Santos’ second term as senator will end in January 2023. She also served two terms as a member of the House of Representatives.

She said her tenures in the House and Senate have honed and sharpened her political and diplomatic skills, empowering her with “invaluable knowledge and experience to continue serving as an effective and efficient public servant.”

Santos earned a Bachelor of Arts in political science and minor in history from the University of Guam.

She was a teacher at both Rota High School and Hopwood Junior High School. She previously served as district administrator for the former Marianas Public Lands Administration.

Santos also served before as a disaster representative for Rota, and resident director for the Rota Health Center. She is a veteran who served as an Army Reservist for six years.

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

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