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Citizen files complaint against Rector

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by Nick Delgado

Guam - The Guam Election Commission continues to wait for final word from its legal counsel on how to handle the issue with Senator Matt Rector.  And while waiting for those instructions, the agency now received what it's calling an "informal complaint" from a concerned citizen about the senator.

Eloy Hara told KUAM News, "Him saying that 'I broke no laws' and he's not going to step down. That kind of arrogance, I don't expect that from somebody who falsified his application as a teacher, he falsified his qualification for a senatorial candidate; he even falsified his request for a concealed weapon."  Hara's frustration led him to file a complaint with the GEC regarding Senator Rector.

Hara's argument is based off several laws, including the Organic Act of Guam, where he points out the qualifications of the Guam Legislature stating that candidates can not have been convicted of a felony, misdemeanor, or crime of moral turpitude.  As KUAM News first reported, Senator Rector failed to disclose that he was convicted of burglary in 1983 in California.

"I firmly believe that he did not qualify to be a senator," Hara stated.  He's thus filed the complaint in hopes to get the ball rolling on the investigations into the freshman Democrat policymaker, however, GEC Executive Director John Blas says they are looking into the complaint as being an informal one.

"Because a formal complaint hasn't been filed to the Guam Election Commission via the Attorney General's Office, via the Guam Police Department, we're just doing our research and reviewing our laws that pertain to issues that may come up with respect to this issue," said Blas.

Hara tells KUAM he intends to file similar complaints with the AG and GPD to ensure his complaint formally gets to the Election Commission. 

Blas meanwhile says the GEC is taking the entire matter seriously, saying, "At this point I'm still working on a response to Mr. Hara, and he'll receive it within the next couple of days.  Blas is hopeful they will receive final word from their legal counsel soon as the GEC board is scheduled to meet next week.

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