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Carl Gutierrez to pull out of OPA race

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by Mindy Aguon

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.

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