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Gubernatorial forum held at GW

Posted: May 15, 2018 6:31 PM Updated:

Government finances, drugs, and school safety. Just some of the topics students at the Home of the Geckos asked of the gubernatorial candidates during their forum today.

Students get candid with the candidates running for Adelup. All five gubernatorial teams showing up, nearly all participating with their running mates to take on the questions put together by students at GW high.

One by one each team responded to the multitude of topics. Senator Frank Aguon Jr. asked about his biggest priority and the challenge he would take on, if elected. "One of the issues that I want to ensure is that we also address at the forefront is pulling all of our law enforcement community together and making sure that this war on drugs is addressed immediately because it affects every single citizen in our island," he said.

 

For former Governor Carl Gutierrez, students had concern over DOE's current redistricting plans. "I think the students and parents should get involved when it comes to a redistricting plan and get involved because we don't know how those people in DOE feel about and their concept is about redistricting. if it's just to save money and forgot about cultural and family ties then its not right," he said.

Each one asked how they would fill the role at the island's governor. Former Senator Lou Leon Guerrero saying she wants to leave behind a legacy that promotes safety, saying, "When I say a government and Guam that's safe I want everyone to feel safe in their homes, in their schools, when they are driving home. if you ask people do you feel safe they say no."

Senator Dennis Rodriguez also asked about what he would do to improve public education. "Look at how it's going to adapt to our students and learning. The way we've been doing education may not be how it is time now to educate our kids so that's one of the things we are going to be able to do," he said.

While Lt Governor Ray Tenorio had the question regarding tax increases, saying, "It comes down to money. we don't get anything done without money in our community, in our households. No one wants to raise taxes...but at the end of the day we have to make ends meet. this economy is growing the island is growing."

Each candidate also speaking on other issues like medicinal marijuana, Guam's gun laws, and government transparency.

All five closing out by expressing how they plan to lead the island.

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