2 independents vow to improve ‘quality of life’ 

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TWO of the independent House candidates in Precinct 1 said they would focus on “improving the quality of life for the people.”

Rep. Luis John Castro and a new candidate, Vincent Raymond “Kobre” Seman Aldan, said they also want to serve the people not only in their precinct but in the entire Commonwealth.

Castro, who won as a Republican in the 2018 election, said it has been a challenge serving such a diverse area  as Precinct 1. “But I consider it an honor and I am grateful to have been given the opportunity by the people to be their representative.”

He added, “After much contemplation and consideration, I have decided to seek office as an independent candidate. Though this decision may have some of you asking questions as to why I am running in this capacity, I want to assure you that regardless of where or how I run in this election, the desire instilled in me through my elders, my family, friends and the people of Precinct 1 will continue to be the driving force that pushes me forward in being a better servant leader to you.”

Castro said he has drafted and supported legislation that would help ensure that retirees continue to receive their full pension, and that  the Public School System would receive  adequate funding.

He said he also introduced measures to prepare the islands for natural disaster, and to further  enrich local culture  especially for the youth and visitors.

He added that his office has diligently worked in ensuring that his constituents were adequately assisted in receiving disaster relief, as well as in the application process for the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance and Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation programs.



Rep.  LJ Castro with family, friends and supporters who include Sen. Vinnie Sablan and Rep. Edmund Villagomez.

 Precinct 1 independent candidate Vincent Raymond “Kobre” Seman Aldan

“Through collaboration and outreach, we have also worked in helping to improve and beautify the district through individual and shared projects,” Castro said.

“I will continue to support the growth of our precinct and our islands from a fiscal point of view, an educational point of view, the expansion of our healthcare system, and the quality of life of our Commonwealth as a whole.

“Yes, we are a precinct and a Commonwealth in crisis, but we can pull through this together. And if given the opportunity again, I will do my best to give the best for our children, our manamko’, and our friends and neighbors in seeing us through these tough times,” said the representative of Precinct 1.

“These times have made things a little different for all of us, yet the things this pandemic has not compromised are our resiliency, our determination, and more importantly, your right to vote.”

For the people

For his part, Vincent Raymond “Kobre” Seman Aldan said because of the division among leaders of the CNMI, “people are frustrated and tired — they want new faces, new ideas and people who are willing to work with others.”

Having served in the U.S. military for 22 years, Aldan said he has the ability to work with others and come up with solutions.

His platform includes giving back to the people the money that is being taken away from them through an “illegal” tax, referring to Public Law 11-25, which imposes a 100% tax on earned income credit.

This, he said, is in direct violation of the Internal Revenue Service rules and regulations. Aldan said the CNMI is obligated under the Covenant to implement IRS rules.

“The people need their money back and P.L. 11-25 needs to be repealed,” he said.

He also vowed to revive the effort to tap renewable energy sources such as windmills.

“By implementing renewable energy here, we are technically putting money into people’s pockets because they don’t have to pay too much for power,” he said.



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