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Mayoral candidate withdraws due to misdemeanor

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by Ken Quintanilla

 

Guam - Candidate Raymond Mundo has decided to withdraw his candidacy as mayor of Mangilao during Monday evening's Guam Election Commission board of directors meeting. The withdraw stems fromdocuments that Mundo, a Democrat, submitted to the GEC and its legal counsel last Friday regardinga 1995 misdemeanor relative to theft of federal government property, namely a federal government-owned phonecard worth $148. 

According to the documents submitted, Mundo was neither sentenced to jail nor did he have to payany fine, but was put on probation for a year. GEC legal counsel Jeff Moots noted that Guam statutestates that people cannot run for office if they have certain types of convictions including amisdemeanor involving a crime of moral turpitude. Moots considered Mundo's crime to be one suchcase, making his candidacy ineligible.

Incumbent mayor Nito Blas will now be running unopposed under the Republican ticket but will stillhave to be on the general election ballot.

During the meeting, Mundo stated that people make mistakes, adding that it was only a small crimebut understood what the GEC had to say. The Commission has since asked that Mundo submit hiswithdraw in writing.

As for Prop "A", the for-profit bingo initiative, the GEC has only received one official comment, whichraised questions about the initiative rather than argue for or against it. The deadline to submitcomments is on September 22.

The GEC meanwhile confirmed all the candidates who filed their candidacy to fill six seats on theGuam Education Board and two seats on the Consolidated Commission on Utilities. Running for theboard are Peter Alexis Ada, Ron Ayuyu, Lourdes Benavente, Jose Q. Cruz, Maria Gutierrez and AlbertSan Agustin; Joey Duenas and Pedro Guerrero are running for the CCU. Ballot placement for thesenon-partisan races along with that of the public auditor will take place on Tuesday.

 

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