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‘We all work for the people’

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ASKED about the recent announcement that four independent House members will seek re-election as Democrats in November, Gov. Ralph DLG Torres said that at the end of the day, “we all work for the people.”

“When you have an opposition, obviously they have their own slogan,” the Republican governor said in a press briefing Thursday on KKMP radio.

“I’ve always been a firm believer that in the end, we have the people [who will elect their leaders] and we all work for the people,” he said.

He added, “Despite the challenges and the criticisms that I’ve gotten, I was [elected] by the people, and I continue to work for the people, regardless of race, regardless of party affiliation. No matter how much I have been criticized, we are here. No one can claim that they live in a better place than the CNMI. We have the safest place on Earth.”

The governor said leadership is not just about one individual, but is a collaborative effort.

“[Leadership is] the ability to work with…every member in the community, whether they’re citizens, whether they’re in the military, whether they’re business partners or federal partners. [It] is [about] being able to work and [to] make the best of what we have, and [to] find solutions rather than complaints,” he added.

Torres said he looks forward to community members exercising their right to vote again in November.

Voters will elect a delegate to the U.S. Congress, 20 House members, three senators and nine municipal council members.

Voters will also decide whether to retain Associate Justice Perry B. Inos, Presiding Judge Roberto C. Naraja, and Associate Judge Kenneth L. Govendo.

On Tuesday, House Minority Leader Edwin Propst, Reps. Tina Sablan, Sheila Babauta, and Richard Lizama said they will be the House candidates of the Democratic Party in November.

Rep. Donald Manglona of Rota said he will again run as an independent candidate, but added that he has aligned himself with the Democrats, and is fully supporting the team of the party.

The NMI Republican Party currently holds 13 of the 20 House seats with one independent member aligned with the GOP leadership. In the Senate, six of the nine members are Republicans and two independent senators are aligned with the GOP leadership.

 

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