Former acting mayor Marian Tudela will not run for Saipan mayor this November so she can support the candidacy of Ramon Blas “RB” Camacho.
Camacho announced his bid to run for mayor last week against current Saipan Mayor David M. Apatang.
Tudela was in the process of officially running for mayor in this year’s election. According to her, she had already gotten in touch with former supporters and was already finalizing details to her campaign when she made the decision to step aside for Camacho’s candidacy.
Tudela was the acting mayor after the passing of late mayor Donald Flores back in 2014. She ran against Apatang and nine others in the 2014 election year; she gained the support of about 3,000 to 4,000 voters. Tudela later withdrew to support Apatang.
According to Tudela, she and Apatang had an agreement in the last election year, but it was compromised this election year so she decided to re-run against Apatang. However, she again decided to withdraw to support another candidate.
Tudela said she fully supports Camacho because he is passionate and determined to serve the community.
“I have confidence and trust that he can help the people of Saipan,” she said.
Tudela is urging her supporters to support her decision to campaign for Camacho in this election year.
As of now, there are officially only two individuals running for Saipan mayor.