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Hillary Clinton's presidential run has local Democrats excited

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After much speculation, Hillary Clinton officially announced she's running for president of the United States. And the former first lady, senator and secretary of state has a history with Guam that's leaving island Democrats excited for her historic second run.

While it wasn't much of a surprise, Clinton let the entire world know she's running for the 2016 democratic presidential nomination. "Every day Americans need a champion and I want to be that champion," she exclaimed. The announcement was made Sunday with a video posted online featuring Americans getting ready to start something new. "I'm running for president," she said.

This however will be Clinton's second run for the White House. And while Clinton lost out to Barack Obama to the democratic presidential nomination in 2008, here at home Democratic Party of Guam chairman Rory Respicio says things look optimistic, saying, "My initial thoughts are its very exciting."

Respicio says local Democrats are already facilitating efforts to bring awareness to what a president Clinton would be like for Guam with the "Ready for Hillary" movement. "Secretary Clinton is certainly very familiar with our island, she's been here, her husband president Clinton has been here as well," he continued, "and the positions that she's taken for our island while she was running for president bodes well for all of those issues that we care deeply about on a national level."

Then-first lady Clinton first came to Guam in 1995 and then again in 2010 as secretary of state for a brief stint at Andersen Air Force Base where she addressed the troops and island leaders. Respicio says Clinton will be strong advocate for Guam, noting, "I think a Hillary Clinton presidency will put at the forefront our struggle for the right to self determination and try to resolve the unresolved relationship we have with the United States government."

During her last campaign, Clinton spoke on several issues affecting the island including the military buildup, working hard to remedy the injustice of war reparations, and allowing Americans on Guam to vote for president. "Unfortunately we don't get to vote for president, but as a people would recall when it was very close in terms of the number of delegate votes, Guam was relevant and I think it's important for us locally to make sure Guam becomes relevant again for the upcoming presidential election and we already have an organization doing that," Respicio said.

Clinton was edged out by Barack Obama for the democratic caucus on Guam in 2008. Clinton is the first Democrat to announce a White House run and is expected to focus on economic inequality as part of her campaign to become the first female president of the United States.

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