Guam elects first female governor

(7 November 2018) Guam elected its first female governor as the unofficial results of the general election were released early Wednesday morning. Former Sen. Lou Leon Guerrero and running mate, Joshua Tenorio, were elected to lead Adelup with 18,081 votes or 50.70 percent of the total votes cast in this year’s election. Lt. Gov. Ray Tenorio and former Sen. Tony Ada garnered 9,419 votes or 26.41 percent.

There were 8,161, or 22.88 percent, write-in votes. While there were 55,941 registered voters in this year’s general election, only 66.30 percent came out to vote.

Leon Guerrero and Tenorio spent the late night dancing the electric slide and waving to early morning commuters as the final results were announced. The Democratic gubernatorial team held a steady lead throughout tabulation of the ballots and appear to have met the threshold of 50 percent plus one.

“We’re even more excited about starting on with the work that we have to do ahead of us,” Leon Guerrero stated. She thanked their supporters who have worked hard and helped move their campaign forward.

The victory is an early birthday gift for Leon Guerrero, who celebrates her birthday on Thursday.Supporters celebrated with a birthday cake honoring the island’s first female governor-elect.

“Today is a great celebration for ourselves, our people, and of course, our supporters. We’re very happy with the results,” she said.

Tenorio said, “It’s an awesome, humbling experience to see all these people out here with us doing so many things for the island. There’s a lot of people who have a lot of hopes and aspirations and trust in us. Our work everyday will be to meet those expectations and give them the best possible job that we can give them.”

The Guam Election Commission legal counsel, attorney Vince Camacho, announced that there are 200 e-ballots and 50 homebound ballots that need to be added to the final count, which could “impact” the results. The commission has 10 working days to receive the ballots and then certify the election results.

“I don’t think that any of the other votes will make a big change in the calculations and percentages that we have won. I’m pretty confident that the final numbers are what it is and we will get certified in ten days,” Leon Guerrero stated.

The duo thanked their supporters and the people of Guam for their vote of confidence in the team.

“Thank you from the bottom of my heart. I feel very honored that I am the governor-elect, the first female governor-elect. I think is a great honor for women. We’ve made history today – good history today – and plus a ten female majority in the legislature. That is phenomenal,” Leon Guerrero said.

Tenorio said he believed that Guam’s supermajority of females is a first for the United States. The tabulation process took nearly 11 hours as the tabulating machines were programmed to spit out any write-in ballots. Sen. Frank Aguon Jr. and his running mate, Alicia Limtiaco, had pushed for a write-in campaign after losing the Democratic gubernatorial spot in the primary election. In the congressional race, Sen. Michael San Nicolas held a strong lead throughout the night over his opponent, former public auditor Doris Flores Brooks. San Nicolas garnered 19,053 votes over 15,263 votes for Brooks.

The 35th Guam Legislature will have a super majority with 10 Democrats and 10 female senators.

Acting Speaker Therese Terlaje, incumbent Sen. Telena Nelson, incumbent Sen. Joe San Agustin, former Sen. Tina Muña-Barnes, and incumbent Sen. Mary Torres made the top five in the legislative race. Newcomers Amanda Shelton, James Moylan, Clynton Ridgell, Dr. Kelly Marsh, Sabina Perez and Jose Terlaje also were elected to the Legislature.

Attorney Leevin Camacho garnered 67 percent of the votes in the attorney general race. Camacho received 23,802 votes over former AG Douglas Moylan, who received 11,344 votes. Republican Party Chairman Jerry Crisostomo congratulated Guam’s first female governor-elect and the ten female senators who were elected to the Legislature.

“This is the year of the woman, so Guam is setting that trend. We congratulate governor-elect Lou Leon Guerrero and the Republican Party will play its role as the loyal opposition,” he stated.