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Margret Metcalfe will run for Congress

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by Ken Quintanilla

Guam - It appears the Democrats will have a challenger in the congressional race this year, as Margret Metcalfe becomes the first person to file her candidacy for Congress with the Guam Election Commission under the Republican ticket.

Margret McDonald Glover Metcalfe says the Guam's time is now and hopes to serve the island as Guam's next representative to Congress. But who exactly is she?

"I was born here as 'Pudding' McDonald Glover and I was raised here, went to school here, left Guam in 1967 as Miss Guam," she explained.

Metcalfe shortly returned back to Guam with her husband Chris and raised her two sons John and Chiristopher on island. She describes herself as a businesswoman and a daughter of Guam having spent her life in economics, finance and personnel holding businesses on Guam and in Silicon Valley.

Metcalfe spent the past seven years taking care of her mother Elizabeth "Pumpkin" McDonald in California who passed away at the age of 94. "After caring for her for 7 years, I have choose to come back and serve my people in her honor," she said.

She moved back to Guam four months ago and says her purpose in running is to offer the people of Guam a choice. She said, "Of all positions, primarily because I think that we have not had the assertiveness that we need to make things work here, and I think it's time for a change - Guam's time is now and if we make the effort at this point, there's a chance to turn things around."

Metcalfe says her campaign will focus on bringing attention to the buildup, our youth but most importantly issues related to our man'amko and veterans. "Because if we don't take care of our elderly and we don't take care of our heroes, then we don't have a lot of chance for the rest of us - we provide a tremendous service for the rest of America and unfortunately they don't recognize our importance and they don't respect us for what we contribute to their way of life," she said.

She adds Guam's delegate currently sits on two out of three permitted committees in the House of Representatives. Her goal is serve on all three possible committees to better represent the people of Guam. Congresswoman Madeleine Bordallo has served as Guam's delegate for over a decade. So what sets Metcalfe apart?

"First of all, I'm Chamorro, my roots going very deep here, I have a tremendous amount of family here," she said. "I think its time for a fresh face, I think it's time to put a fresh face on reparations, its time to put a fresh face on the buildup, I think its time for us to become assertive and I think I 'm up for the job."

Metcalfe filed her candidacy over a dozen family and friends including Agana Heights mayor Paul McDonald.

The Democratic Party of Guam meanwhile have announced that Bordallo and Matt Artero will be running for Congress under their ticket. 

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