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Gutierrez says he intends to run for governor

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by Ken Quintanilla

Guam - Decision 2014 is finally starting to see some action. During the Democratic Party of Guam’s Central Executive Committee meeting Thursday night, former Governor Carl Gutierrez told over one hundred supporters that he intends to run for Governor in this year’s election.This doesn't come as much of a surprise as a group identifying themselves as the People’s Movement picked up a Gubernatorial Packet at the Guam Election Commission Tuesday for Gutierrez to run with Attorney Gary Gumataotao as his running mate.

Gutierrez told supporters that over the last several months, the party has been at “pins and needles” about what would be done to move the party forward. Gutierrez said he was still formulating whether he should run again adding this has been the most difficult time in his life. He spoke on how his wife and former First Lady Geri Gutierrez had “relented” knowing he could not live with himself if he “allowed the party to go into oblivion”. Gutierrez added he had hoped from the ground up that younger Democrats would have formed a team saying he pulled back six months ago from running because he thought that’ what certain individuals wanted.

As we reported, it was in January when the Party nominated Gutierrez and Senator Frank Aguon Jr. as its gubernatorial team. That nomination however became moot after Aguon declined it less than 24 hours after the motion was made.

Gutierrez later announced that his wife has since gave him the nod of approval to run adding it was unprecedented in the party’s history to see it truly unified.

“It’s unprecedented to see that the whole fractions that I’ve seen already of the democratic party, those that hated my guts, are staring me in the face tonight, and I love it. That’s why I feel so comfortable and I’m confident that there is indeed true unity for the first time in so many decades that I see here tonight. I cannot let our people down. So I’m looking at it very seriously. Mr. Gumataotao would be an ideal Lt. Governor running mate. He has acquiesced of the idea of him and I coming together as a team,” Gutierrez said.  

Gumataotao is currently off-island and is expected to return on June 18Gutierrez says he would not formally announce his candidacy without Gumataotao present by his side but hopes to “seal the deal” the day after his return.

The CEC meanwhile passed a motion to formally encourage Gutierrez and Gumataotao to present themselves as the Democratic candidates for Governor and Lt. Governor.

Speaker Judi Won Pat meanwhile in a letter to the party writes she believes the Gutierrez/Gumataotao duo is a “strong, smart team that is not afraid to speak out and voice the truth even if it is unpopular. They know the work that needs to be done to win.”

Party Chairman Rory Respicio issued a statement after the meeting saying Gutierrez/Gumataotao “will offer a strong and clear alternative to the current administration. Democrats throughout the island are energized and ready to work hard for a victory in November.” 
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