by Mindy Aguon
Guam - A bill that would do away with elections for the chief legal officer position will go up for a public hearing Thursday. Introduced by Vice-Speaker B.J. Cruz, the legislation would allow the governor to appoint the attorney general instead of the position being elected by the people.
Former U.S. Attorney for Guam and the CNMI Lenny Rapadas and local attorney Gary Gumataotao, who have both officially filed their candidacy for the attorney general's race, say they are opposed to the legislation, saying it would make the law arbitrary and give too much power to the island's governor.