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RODNEY CRUZ
Race: Senatorial
Party Affiliation: Democrat
Village: Dededo
Campaign Manager: Ashley Certeza Cruz
Treasurer: Rob Tupaz

Biography:
Rodney is a native Chamorro of Guam with strong cultural values and spiritual in nature and is currently residing in the village of Dededo, Guam. Rodney graduated from the Guam Community College in the summer of 1998 and studied in Business Management. In his senior year he enlisted in the U.S. Army at the age of 18 and served with the Guam Army National Guard in Alpha Company 1st/294 Infantry Regiment from fall 1998 through summer 2000. Rodney then enlisted to Active Duty in late 2000 where he was stationed at Ft. Lewis, Washington with 2nd Infantry Division, 1st/23rd Infantry Regiment. In the spring of 2004, Rodney served with the 1st Armored Division 37th Armor Battalion in Friedberg, Germany. In the spring of 2007, Rodney relocated back to the mainland where he served with the 11th ACR, Ft. Irwin, California Joint Regional Training Center, and later was transferred to the Wounded Warrior Battalion.

In spite of the war in Iraq in 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, Rodney became one of many casualties through which he then was medically retired from the from the United States Army, earning his titled as a combat disabled veteran. 

Staff Sergeant Cruz served three combat tours in Iraq from 2003 thru 2007. Upon his departure from the military, Rodney was employed as work-study at the Guam Vet Center in the fall of 2009 and was hired on as the Office Manager in April of 2010. Rodney held the position of Office Manager for Guam and Grant Pass, Southern Oregon. In his accomplishments and service to veterans, Rodney was award the coin of excellence by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs.

Rodney is the Founder/President of Iraq-Afghanistan and Persian Gulf Veterans of the Pacific, a not for profit veteran service organization founded on the philosophy of “Serving Those Who Served” to our Military Service Members, Veterans, Military Widowers, and Family Members of the Fallen, inaugurated in January 2014. As a retired Staff Sergeant in the United States Army and a disabled combat veteran with 12 years of military service. Rodney has served a number of deployments in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom for the Global War on Terrorism earning him the privileged to be in a class of his own, the honor to be recognized as a United States Veteran. Upon his return, Rodney has been an active volunteer and participant in the Veteran Community through his affiliations with Iraq Afghanistan Veterans of America, Wounded Warrior Project and a proud member of the Disable Veterans of America. An advocate for the Veteran Community, Rodney enjoys his weekly volunteer time with the Guam Vet Center, where he is a Peep-to-Peer mentor, advisor, and a motivator speaker with charisma, fun, and compassion. Through his leadership the organization now has four chapters in the Western Pacific Region; CNMI, Kosrae, Pohnepi, and Marshall Islands. Rodney and his organization is the first to spearhead “Ending Veteran Homelessness on Guam”.

Rodney is a father of five beautiful and energetic children; Raymon, Raidon, Destiny, Alijah, and Dionne. Who’s engaged to a Medical Billing Associate with five years of service at FHP Cancer Center, Ashley Certeza Cruz. The son of Juile Mendiola Cruz (Tunda) & Rodney A. Cruz Sr. (Pedan), and is the grandson of Francisca Lizama Mendiola & Joseph Mendiola (Tunda), and the grandson of Josefina C. Cruz & Francisco Guerrero Cruz (Pedan) pioneers and owners of the renown “Cool Spot”.

Platform:
1.  Veterans: proposing new legislation that will invest in new location for our State Veterans Affairs office to be relocated at the Governor Complex in Adelup. I will propose new legislation to identify shelters for our homeless vets through a collaborative partnership with both our non-profits organizations and business stakeholders, provide an ideal approach to have affordable housing for our veterans throughout the island of Guam. Such new funding would be used to hire and retain our services members and veterans to serve in our community as they have served for our country.

2.  Senior Citizens:  Introduce policies to advocate for more Community Living Centers for Guam’s Man’amko and Advocacy the need of Geriatrics and Extended Care for the elderly at our local hospital at Guam Memorial Hospital.

3.  Education: Proposing new legislation that will invest in our public schools, not only to meet the needs of today, but to encourage developing minds for the future. Such new funding would be used to hire and retain good 

teachers, build and renovate schools. I will be proposing revitalization of all grade schools on the island over next decade, to meet the growing demands of better and more efficient facilities for years to come. 

4  Public & Neighborhood Safety: Introduce policies to promote Citizens On Patrol Program (C.O.P.P.) a volunteer program with village mayors and vice mayors that will assist with the shortage of Law Enforcements and to deter crime in our neighborhoods, with the support and guidance of Guam Police Department which is funded by federal grants.

5.  Agriculture: Introduce resolution policies to support and promote the growth and productivity of our local farmers and the need to manufacture of local produce for goods, and advocate the Farm to Table concept that will assist our local farmers through support from both non-profit organizations and our local/federal government.

GOAL: To work on legislation to create a comprehensive plan to support our economic systems that will better assist our people of Guam by reducing the rates of Power and Water by rechanneling existing tax revenue to meet these demands, and the option of an open market contract for competitive wage fee. 

Campaign Slogan:
"Man of the People, for the People"

CONTACT INFO
Phone Number: 671-686-1151
Office Number:
E-Mail: guamanian2014@gmail.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rodneycruzjr2014democrat?ref=hl
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