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The era of the maga'håga

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In front of their family, friends, elected leaders, dignitaries and supporters of the island’s first female elected governor, Lou Leon Guerrero, and the nation’s only openly gay lieutenant governor - Josh Tenorio - took their oath of office.

In her inaugural address made at the University of Guam Calvo Field House, Leon Guerrero said the time for change is now.

“But change without a plan is just more of the same," she said. "That is why, today, we begin a top-down review of our government's financial health. All assets, liabilities, cash-flow models, expenditures, and budgetary projections are now being reassessed. We will keep what works. We will change what has failed us, and we will do better. We are one family; and for our island family to succeed, we must leave no one behind.”

The governor said she wouldn’t be here today were it not for the strong women on whose shoulders she now stands. Women, who have served as elected leader, scholars, judges and justices, and her mother, Eugenia Aflague Leon Guerrero.

“These women faced mountainous obstacles," Leon Guerrero said. "Still, they climbed. They persisted because true to our island’s history and Chamorro heritage, they were strong women who stood up for what they believed in and knew that the paths they were taking would one day blaze a trail for women like
me”.

Lt. Gov. Josh Tenorio said we are in the era of the maga'håga.

“With a strong mother, grandmother, nurse, businesswoman, and leader in the driver’s seat, I am certain we will get there. You can bank on that,” he said.

 

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