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by Sabrina Salas Matanane

Guam - Another person has decided to enter the Washington delegate race, and we'll have an update on the election for Public Auditor and an initiative seeking to legalize bingo for a profit. The Guam Election Commission is set to meet Monday, and according to executive director Maria Pangelinan, another candidate has thrown his name in the race for Congress. 

Patrick Iriarte, who is running under the Democratic ticket, officially wrote to the GEC announcing he intends to run as a write-in candidate for Washington delegate.  Iriarte submitted three-name variations to be accepted, including "Nostradamus of the Marianas," "Nostradamus" and "The Man with the Golden Mic." Currently Congresswoman Madeleiene Bordallo and Karlo Dizon are running against each other under the democratic ticket while Republican candidate Senator Frank Blas, Jr. and independent candidate Jonathan Diaz are running unopposed.

Meanwhile, as for the race for Public Auditor, former governor Carl Gutierrez submitted his six-name variations relative to his write-in campaign for OPA . According to Pangelinan, the six name variations are "Governor Carl," "Carl," "Carl G.," Uncle Carl," Cal," and "Governor." As we've reported, Gutierrez had submitted over a dozen name variations in which the board decided to cut it down to six. Pangelinan says commissioners will vote whether to accept the variations during Monday's meeting.

Meanwhile, after approving the ballot title of the for-profit bingo initiative to be placed on the General Election ballot, GEC put out its first advertisement today notifying the public of the initiative inclusive of the ballot title. The advertisement invites arguments for and against the initiative or proposal to be submitted in which the top three strongest arguments for and against will be put together in a pamphlet and mailed out to voters.

According to Proposal A, it's an initiative to approve for profit bingo at the former Greyhound Park and any adjacent property that is acquired by the owners of the park. A portion of the revenues generated from bingo taxes would go to healthcare, education, public safety and Rev & Tax. Arguments will be accepted now until 45 days prior to the General Election.  

The GEC board will meet to discuss all these issues on Monday the 20th at 5:21 pm in the GCIC Building in Hagatna.

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