Incumbent Governor Leads In Early Primary Results
AGANA, Guam (AP) _ Gov. Ricardo J. Bordallo, whose campaign to become Guam’s first incumbent governor to win re-election was marred by an indictment, easily won Saturday’s Democratic gubernatorial primary.
Bordallo, 58, was named Wednesday in 11 counts of a 12-count indictment charging him with influence peddling and illegal campaign contributions.
With all of the U.S. territory’s 17 precincts reporting, Bordallo and Lt. Gov. Edward D. Reyes received 10,493 votes, while Carl T.C. Gutierrez and his running mate, Guam Sen. John Aguon, had garnered 5,995 votes.
Gutierriez, 44, is speaker of Guam’s unicameral Legislature.
A record 41,176 people of the island’s population of 120,000 registered to vote in the primary and general elections.
Among Republicans, gubernatorial candidate Joseph Ada and running mate Frank Blas defeated Guam Sen. Thomas V.C. Tanaka and Anthony Upingcod by 8,084-6,003.
Non-partisan gubernatorial candidate Jeff Pleadwell and running mate Bill Roth had 760 votes, too few to be listed on November’s general election ballot.
Bordallo was first elected governor in 1974. He lost to Paul M. Calvo in 1978, but defeated Calvo in 1982.
Ben Blaz, Guam’s Republican U.S. congressman, was unopposed in his bid for a second term and received 19,448 votes.
Democrat Frank C. Torres Jr., also seeking to become Guam’s Congressional representative, had 10,928 votes.
Territorial congressional representatives have floor privileges and votes on committees but may not vote.
Guam, about 3,700 miles west of Hawaii, is west of the international dateline.
Voters were entitled to vote in either the Republican or Democratic gubernatorial race, regardless of party affiliation. Other races were closed, meaning voters had to choose among candidates from their own party.