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Many central island voters cast ballots for the first time

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 by Jolene Toves

Guam - Voters took to the polls to ensure that their voices were heard and for quite a few it was their first election experience. But despite this voters like Francisco Borja, Jr. knew exactly what they were looking for in a candidate. 

"I am looking for actually it's the experience of Governor [Carl] Gutierrez - he was governor at one time and I guess he actually want to come back again and hold that position for the good people of Guam," he explained.

Meanwhile first time voter Ricardo Rasa relied on his family to help make a decision, saying, "Basically from my father I guess we have this tradition of certain group of people that we wanted to vote for that have specific qualities and that actually do their part to the community."

While for other first time voters like Nick Holden, watching the tactics used in the gubernatorial race swayed how they decided to vote. He shared, "I talked with long term residents and I decided to vote for the incumbent governor Calvo just there has been a lot of mudslinging from the opposition in this campaign and that is not what I like to see in my leadership." Holden says the gubernatorial race was a very different experience than what he is used to in the states in that there were a lot of personal attacks, noting, "What I am looking for is I want them to be respected members of the community and I want them to be experienced certainly they need to have a very sterling reputation at times during Guam's political history there have been issues with corruption and so having men and women of very sound character is very important."

With their ballots casted many voters say that their voting experience went off without a hitch. While there were minor issues reported at the central voting precincts such as the delay in the opening of the gates at Agana Heights, the locked ballot box at Tamuning and the parking issues at Mangilao voting precinct all in all say that their Election Day experience was a good one.

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