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Gutierrez tells supporters he intends another run for Adelup

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by Ken Quintanilla

Guam - After much speculation former governor Carl Gutierrez told a packed room of island Democrats that he intends to run as the party's ticket for this year's gubernatorial election.

"A new day is dawning and the sunshine is rising," Senator Rory Respicio announced. And with that the Democratic Party of Guam gave a warm welcome to the former governor to its Central Executive Committee meeting Thursday night in Sinajana.

The meeting comes just days after a group identifying themselves as The People's Movement picked up a gubernatorial packet at the Guam Election Commission for Gutierrez to run with Attorney Gary Gumataotao. "So ladies and gentleman I'm here tonight as I'm formulating whether I should run again this is the most difficult time in my life," he said.

And while it wasn't an official announcement, Gutierrez told over 100 supporters that he intends to run. He spoke on how it wasn't an easy decision as his wife Geri Gutierrez had relented knowing he could not live with himself if he allowed the party to just go into oblivion. The former first lady has since given her nod of approval.

 "She knows that I cannot sleep at night thinking about that I had hoped from the ground up with the young ones here that there would be a team. I pulled back six months ago because I thought that's what they wanted," he said.

As we reported it was in January when the party nominated Gutierrez and Senator Frank Aguon, Jr. as its ticket for Adelup. That was shortlived as Aguon declined the nomination less than 24 hours later after the motion was made deeming it moot. The two-time governor has run for the office several times, but says this election would be different.

"Its 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 and 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," he said.

Gutierrez says he is looking at the position very seriously adding Gumataotao would be an ideal running mate. Gumataotao is currently off-island and is expected to return on June 18. Gutierrez 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. Several incumbents and former senators expressed their support including Speaker Judi Won Pat who wrote a letter to the party. Won Pat is off-island and party vice chair Dr. Nerissa Underwood read the letter.

"These men are not afraid to fight are not afraid of any adversary are not afraid of the truth these men understand sacrifice and hard work they know the work that needs to be done to win they are up to the challenge," she said.

The CEC meanwhile passed a motion to formally encourage Gutierrez and Gumataotao to present themselves as the party's ticket for governor and lt. governor. Petitions were circulated in hopes of gathering signatures in time for the filing deadline on July 1. 
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