COMMONWEALTH Ports Authority Chairwoman Kimberlyn King-Hinds is still thinking about running for U.S. delegate in the 2022 general election.
“I have not made a decision yet,” she said. “That is obviously a big decision that does not just impact me personally, but my family [as well]. This is not the first time that I’ve been asked to run for a public position. My analysis has always been what is the best use of me for this community, what is the best use of my skills and my talents, and how can I best serve this community.”
She added, “At this point in time, I don't know if running for U.S. delegate is the best use of me. There's also something to be said about the fact that our sitting congressman is a senior member of the [U.S.] House and I know that being a senior member carries a lot of weight, [but] if I do decide [to run], it's because I have something to offer to the people, something different, and a clear vision of what I think and how I feel the relationship with the federal government should be.”
King-Hinds said she is aware of some “missed opportunities” specific to the CNMI airports, specifically the high cost of inter-island travel.
“There is an essential air service program in which the federal government subsidizes interstate travel for smaller communities that don't necessarily have the capacity to offset some of those costs. So, if I do decide [to run], it would be because I have some clear goals as to what I want to accomplish as a U.S. delegate. I do know that right now, I have some current goals I'm hoping to check off, to include some of the infrastructure discussion and improving the ports. [On] Tinian, obviously the issue with the military is a big thing, and on a personal level, I've made a commitment to my community to build a brand-new church. I think some of these things can move together, but it's just, at this point, what is the best use of me? I'm trying to figure that out,” she said.
The CPA board chair also serves as the newly elected president of the Association of Pacific Ports. In addition, she is a conflict counsel for the NMI Settlement Fund, and legal counsel for the Office of the Mayor of Tinian and Aguiguan.
The CNMI’s incumbent delegate, Gregorio Kilili Camacho Sablan, is seeking an eighth term as a Democrat.