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Smooth sailing up north for voting

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 by Krystal Paco

Guam - With a large majority of the island's population concentrated in the villages of Dededo and Yigo, it was surprisingly smooth sailing up north as voters were in and out in no time.

One such voter was Seny Pilarca, who told KUAM News, "It was very quiet. Very orderly. People are still happy because they're not tired yet." Sitting outside Liguan Elementary School today, Pilarca encouraged incoming motorists to vote Republican during today's primary election taking into consideration the track record of the current administration.

"The Republicans are very humble, down to earth," she explained, "and they're very simple people and the administration is good. This is the only administration that we got the tax refunds on time. Not waiting several years."

Also voting Republican were retired veteran Tony Lukeala, who said, respectively, "We're looking for great leaders and people who accomplish the work and I know Calvo-Tenorio is in the right direction. Fellow vet Charlie Ada added, "This governor is helping out all the veterans, the military, and their families and we're proud of it."

But voting Republican is the wrong direction according to Robert Baumgartner, who camped overnight in front of Wettengel Elementary in support of his candidate. "I know for a fact Carl Guiterrez is the type of person that really helps poor people. He's a grassroots person and he knows about poor people because he was once a poor. He's just a damn good man. If you need help, I don't care what nationality you are, he will help you," he said.

As for voters like Sixto Quintanilla, he hopes more youth will take the time to understand and know the issues affecting the island. He explained, "I would encourage youth to tune into the Legislature Channel and learn more about our leaders, how they speak, and how they pass their budget and how they do their points. I would also encourage the youth to come out and vote. It's a really great right and a lot of people don't understand how much of an impact it has on our island."
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