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Voter turnout appears light in Central Guam

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by Ken Quintanilla

Guam - In the central part of Guam, several villages have mayoral candidates either running unopposed or won't be featured until the general election. For Piti resident Adolf Sgambelluri, that didn't stop him from voting.

He told KUAM News, "I want to make sure that the people I find to be competent to be in the office. I want to ensure that they get in. That's why I'm here, even with my cane."

And for fellow Piti resident Anita Arriola, she said despite a mellow turnout, she found precinct officials still working to ensure every voter receives the best experience possible. "I could tell that there were some people having trouble with their ballots and they sat them down and talked to them about the rules of not crossing over. So I think they were very helpful and very informative," she described.

And while it was a ghost town in Hagatna, with precinct officials outnumbering voters at a time, Richard Sablan says its still important to vote. "It's very quiet," he summarized. "They all don't want to come. Why is it important to still come out to vote? Because they need to hear our voice."

The same can be said for 18-year-old Sinajana resident Scarlett Diosa, who experienced her first election. "For me, I feel that the current candidates are getting older, and we are the new generation. So it's important to be active in voting and we want to make sure we pick right leaders."

Many of the mayoral races for the central villages such as Barrigada, Hagatna and in Sinajana along with the vice mayoral race are running unopposed and will be certified the winners at the end of the primary election.

Barrigada vice mayor June Blas, although running unopposed, was still out there letting voters know where exactly to vote. She says the feeling is still exciting, telling KUAM News, "The thing is, it's the hype that I have and it's every four years to run for mayoral and vice mayoral race. So I've always looked forward to it and it's just getting our people and supporters to have a good time and come out and vote."

She says some voters were confused where to vote, as Barrigada changed its polling site from Untalan Middle School to P.C. Lujan Elementary School.

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