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Local Democrats tout ‘rebirth’ of 2-party system in NMI

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THE NMI Democratic Party is proud to bring back the two-party system in CNMI politics.

In a statement, NMI Democratic Party President Nola Hix said, for the first time in decades, “not only did our party finally bring forth a Democratic slate, but we offered candidates that are credible, connected by their diversity, collaboration, and experience.”

These candidates, she said, were able to put together not just a platform, but a pledge to the people of the CNMI “that set them apart.”

“We’re very proud of [the] rebirth of a two-party system and several voters have expressed their enthusiasm with the new faces, new voices, and new ideas ready to get to work for the people,” Hix said.

She noted that women made up 23% of all candidates during campaign and took 26% of elected positions in the 22nd Legislature.

In 2021, Hix said, the CNMI will make history with more women than ever in office.

The female candidates who were elected in this year’s midterm elections are all Democrats: Saipan Senator-elect Edith Deleon Guerrero, Precinct 1 Representative-elect Celina R. Babauta, Precinct 2 Rep. Tina Sablan, Precinct 3 Representative-elect Denita Yangetmai, Precinct 4 Rep. Sheila Babauta and Precinct 5 Representative-elect Leila Staffler.

The other female lawmaker in the 22nd Legislature is independent Rota Sen. Teresita Santos.

“We are proud to know that we will have the necessary representation and that all of our women ran successful campaigns under our banner,” Hix said.

“On behalf of the Democratic Party of the NMI, and its 2020 candidates we would like to thank and congratulate the people of the CNMI for their votes of confidence.  Congratulations on the reelection of our U.S.  Congressman Gregorio Kilili Camacho Sablan, along with the senators, and House members for the incoming 22nd Legislature,” Hix said.

“The NMI Democratic Party would also like to thank the independent and Republican candidates for their civility throughout the early voting and Election Day.

“Let us all move forward in solidarity for the betterment of our islands. Again, we want to thank the Commonwealth Election Commission, Office of the Public Auditor, the Attorney General’s Office, the Department of Public Safety, our election workers, volunteers, and supporters for their hard work and professionalism in ensuring the utmost integrity of the 2020 midterm elections,” Hix said.

November 2020 pssnewsletter

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