Incumbent Governor Easily Defeats Opponent in Guam Primary
AGANA, Guam (AP) _ Gov. Ricardo J. Bordallo, under indictment for alleged influence peddling and receiving illegal campaign contributions, easily won the territory’s Democratic primary in his bid for re-election.
Bordallo and Lt. Gov. Edward D. Reyes received 10,493 votes Saturday, while the speaker of Guam’s one-house legislature, Carl T.C. Gutierrez, and his running mate, Guam Sen. John Aguon, received 5,995 votes.
Bordallo, 58, is seeking to become Guam’s first incumbent governor to win re-election. He was first elected governor in 1974, lost to Paul M. Calvo in 1978, then defeated Calvo in 1982. Elections for governor began in 1970.
Bordallo indicted Wednesday on 11 counts accusing him of bribery, extortion, wire fraud, conspiracy to obstruct justice and witness tampering.
Bordallo questioned why the indictment was handed up three days before the primary and suggested the charges were politically motivated, but has declined to be more specific.
Among Republicans, gubernatorial candidate Joseph Ada and running mate Frank Blas received 8,084 votes, while Guam Sen. Thomas V.C. Tanaka and Anthony Upingco garnered 6,003 votes.
Non-partisan gubernatorial candidate Jeff Pleadwell and running mate Bill Roth received 760 votes, too few to be listed on November’s general election ballot.
Ben Blaz, Republican U.S. congressman for this island 3,700 miles west of Hawaii, was unopposed in his bid for a second term and received 19,448 votes.
In the general election, he will face Democrat Frank C. Torres Jr., also unopposed, who had 10,928 votes in early counting.
Territorial Congressional representatives have floor privileges but may not vote, although they have votes on committees.
Voters may cast ballots 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.
A record 41,176 of the population of 120,000 registered to vote in the primary and general elections.