Guam - After meeting with individuals who had asked him to run for
the Office of Public Accountability, former Governor Carl Gutierrez has
answered the call of the Democratic party of Guam. In a letter penned to party members,
Gutierrez said he accepts their request to pull out of the race to help
galvanize and energize the party for the upcoming general election in November.
The former governor said running in the non-partisan race
prevented him from campaigning or seeking support from other candidates who are
running for office. On Wednesday members
of the Democratic party asked Gutierrez to step down from the upcoming race to
help the party claim victory in the legislative, mayoral and congressional
race. Gutierrez said he's unsure whether he will take back on the role of the
chairperson of the party as that will require an election.
The position is currently held by Acting Chairperson Gloria
Nelson. Gutierrez said he will simply be
the "de-facto campaigner" for the Democrats. OPA Doris Flores Brooks
could not be reached for comment about Gutierrez's decision to step down.