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Legal opinion expected on candidate's alternate name

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 by Ken Quintanilla

Guam - The Guam Election Commission will meet tomorrow to discuss how it will proceed in certifying this year's primary election candidates. It was last Thursday when Romeo Carlos' senatorial candidacy came into question particularly his legal name written on his affidavit of registration and a different name stated on his nominating petition.

A third and different name also appears on his financial disclosure form. The Republican candidate's legal name is "Carl Gross".

Since Thursday's meeting the GEC has spent the past few days reviewing nominating petitions of all the unofficial candidates who filed to run. "So as we were compiling the list, the staff and I have found that there is more than one candidate that have used other than their legal names," he said.

Legal counsel Jeff Moots is expected to provide a legal opinion to the commission tomorrow over what constitutes a legal name as it refers to nominating petitions. GEC executive director Maria Pangelinan hopes certification of candidates takes place this week as the GEC still needs to print ballots as the first UOCAVA ballots are mandated to be sent out by July 16.
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