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Guam Seeks To Avoid Recall Attempt

October 12, 2000

HAGATNA, Guam (AP) _ An agreement between Gov. Carl Gutierrez and several Republican lawmakers has ended a move to recall the U.S. territory’s Democratic incumbent.

Senators voted 8-7 on Wednesday in favor of the recall resolution, two votes short of the total needed to place the recall question on the November general election ballot.

Two hours before the vote, Gutierrez joined several Republican lawmakers and Democrat Eloy Bermudes to announce their plan to vote against the resolution.

``Peace was a better option than continuing to try to divide the community,″ Republican Sen. Simon Sanchez said. ``We came to the governor this morning with a list of ideas that we thought would address some of the things that are dividing us.″

The recall resolution, introduced last month by Republican Sen. Tony Blaz, said Gutierrez failed to provide a budget request and financial information to the Legislature, as required by law.

The resolution also alleged Gutierrez illegally appointed his own election commission board and misspent taxpayer money.

The agreement ending the recall drive listed several ways senators and the governor could cooperate to advance common goals, such as an economic recovery plan.

Guam is about 3,700 miles west of Hawaii.

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