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2010 United States House of Representatives election in the Northern Mariana Islands

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The 2010 Congressional election in the Northern Mariana Islands occurred on November 2, 2010 and elected the territory's Delegate to the United States House of Representatives. Representatives and non-voting Delegates are elected for two-year terms; the elected will serve in the 112th Congress from January 3, 2011 until January 3, 2013.

These elections were held concurrently with the United States Senate elections of 2010, the United States House elections in other states and territories, and various territorial and local elections.

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I'm proud to stand in front of this very distinguished group of graduates and a few hundred of their friends and to introduce someone who could easily pass for a student here at the University of Guam. He was born in 1979 and I was already 30 years old He graduated from Boise High School in 1996 and earned a bachelor's degree in political science from Boise State He missed out on his opportunity to attend UOG but here's today He is one of six children and he and his wife Diane also have six children With this pattern and at his age he might have 36 grandchildren by the time he's my age He returned home to Saipan and won election to the Northern Marianas House of Representatives in 2008 He then won election to the Northern Marianas two years later in 2010. After one term he was elected to be President of the Senate by his colleagues. He then became a candidate for lieutenant governor in 2015 and at the untimely death of the governor he became the governor of the Northern Marianas. Now he's the youngest governor amongst all the governors in the United States. Given the quick trajectory of his political career before the age of 40, he is the personification of the Word of the Year by Oxford Dictionary youthquake. Now there are two unique things about this young governor I saw a picture of him and President Trump in the Oval Office. He also speaks Chamorro I don't know which impresses me more. Actually I do know which impresses me more And maybe he can tell us a little bit about his experiences in Washington DC [In Chamorro] I'm proud to present to you the Marianas version of youthquake the Honorable Ralph Torres, Governor of the Northern Marianas Islands. Wow You know when doc say youthquake you remind me of my six children at home We call that child quake Good morning everyone Hafa adai [In Chamorro] Lieutenant Governor Ray Tenorio, all the VIPs this morning or this afternoon family, friends, and graduates Thank you for inviting me to join you today on this special occasion and on behalf of the people of the Northern Mariana Islands Your brothers and sisters to the north Congratulations You are now joining the ranks of your fellow UOG alumni Many of whom have went on to accomplish great things for our region my mentor and predecessor the late governor, Eloy s Inos, was also a graduate just like you And in fact I have several of my members of my staff who also graduated from U of I are proud Tritons So I know that you're in good hands Today is the culmination of years of hard work, dedication, sacrifices and anticipation. You've taken away time from your families, friends, and some of you Sped will come from across the region like far away like Saipan or Tinian Rota, Palau, and all around our region. To spend this time to learn about the world but more importantly to learn about yourselves Whether you realize it or not you have discovered that you are stronger today than you were yesterday You've learned your strength and are ready to apply them to making our islands a better place but I hope that you've also learned about your weaknesses and what we also heard earlier with our valedictorian I say this because it is understanding and embracing your weaknesses that you see the roadmap for your future. I know quite a bit about this First off And I was telling this to the president. I know I am not the greatest public speaker There are great speakers in our islands People that can bring you in, gravitate your attention to speak directly to your hearts In the early days of our administration, I honestly shied away From long speeches Because I knew that it was a weakness of mine but today your president challenged me that and realizing and practicing and feeling just a little accomplishment goes a long way but you gotta push yourself Today, this is the largest crowd I have ever given a speech to We all have witnesses You can see them as limitation or you can see your weaknesses as an opportunity and as you enter into the world This is the advice I want to impart on you You have weaknesses, yes? Maybe? But the only thing that prevents you from going from where you are now To the greatness you're capable of is your own willingness to fight for yourself To do the hard work that is necessary to turn those weaknesses into strength and realize that no one is going to fight for you more than you're willing to fight for yourself And I'm going to say that one more time Realize That no one is going to fight for you more than you're willing to fight for yourself Today ladies and gentlemen when you walk up that stage it is you that's holding that degree Our families, our friends those are our support group but it is you, your hard work. And I'm not no expert by any means But my life and who I am today has molded my understanding of this and if I may Mr. President and class I would like to share a couple of my stories with you. I don't often tell people I graduate at the age of 16 in high school because the first thing they think is Oh my God, malate smart guy But far from it See growing up in Saipan in Koblerville my mom had two jobs. She was a elementary school teacher My dad work as a field worker For the government and in the evenings you'll fish most of the time believe it or not we had fresh fish almost every morning No complaints. It's what we had and we loved it. In fact, we loved it so much we still fish up to today But knowing that We had five boys in one bedroom I'm the youngest of five boys. My sister in the other room and my parents in the other room We never had much All we had was love, respect, and make sure that our language and our culture sticks to us. No matter where you go No matter where you go So The other part is I hope, Mr. President that they don't hold this against my parents or myself but because money was a struggle, they took me to the Mayor's office in Saipan and forged a fake ID For me there will be seven years old so I can go to first grade because they couldn't afford babysitter. So bear in mind I just turned five August 6 and all my classmates are about six and a half or almost seven Now did I mention that I was the shortest one from first grade to probably high school? So it figures already right off the head there's some weaknesses And more so, my grandmother who was my first grade teacher So first grade, five years old, barely five Thinking I'm gonna go for grandma. Go to grandma's class But no. She was tricked She spanked me back back then they can spank you fact the principal have paddles Mr. President with holes on it That was Saipan's way of making sure that you don't come back. But anyways So Yeah, I got my share Rest her soul. My grandmother was very strict on me. She would spank me She will push me she would get upset of me when I don't do as good as the other student Now at the end of the school year I asked her [In Chamorro] You know I asked my grandma, "Do you love me? or "Why do you always spank me? Do you not love me?" She looked at me and said, "Cause I want you to be as good as the other student." I want you to work hard just like everybody else And when I told her that I was only 5 years old That's when it hit her. But that didn't stopped her from telling me that, "Well you may be young but I still want you to do good." Despite all my weaknesses and ladies and gentlemen that brought my personality into shape so fast-forward that now I'm 27 years old. I have one kid married. So one day I turn around Laying down with my my wife and I said, "Love, Um, um I want to run And she looked at me and said, "Run to where?" And I said, "Well run for House of Representative." So after a while we talked about it and she said, "Are you sure this is something you want?" [In Chamorro] yes Then she said, "Then I'll walk every street with you if this is what you want." Ladies and gentlemen, my beautiful wife Diane Torres Who by the way is also a proud alumni of UOG Well Mr. President, after that I took her to Boise where she got her Master's degree at Boise State but a proud alumna of of um UOG So after being um Endorsed by the party Two months later, now mind you again I'm 27 years old. Wanna go into this political arena which I've never had anything, let alone want to speak in front of people But I wanted to make changes. I want to make changes for our children, for our land, for our culture, our language This is what we are, who we are. This is what tourists come to our island is to see our language, the food, our culture. That's what we value. And so, two months later during the election or the campaign nothing was moving Zero. And I got a phone call from my brothers. I have three brothers that are attorneys. I have a sister that's younger me That is also an attorney so when they call and they say [In Chamorro] You know that's serious stuff right? It's not one of those loving call so as I driving over to the farm I got there and just three, my three brothers are there. I got down, sat down, and they looked at me and said .. Do you, do you. How, how serious are you in this election? And I said, "I'm very serious." "Do you want to win?" and I said, "Uh yeah." Because how much work are you willing to put into it? Uh everything Again right? You have no idea what what's stored for me But what they said was this They told me That they are not going to put in any work on my behalf unless I If, if I am not willing to work harder, longer, and more passionate than them It was an important lesson That you have to be your own greatest advocate That you cannot expect others to fight harder for you than what you're willing to fight for yourself And Mr. President and class My wife and I we walked every street on our precinct because if I don't I know I was gonna regret it for the rest of my life because I did not give my hundred percent The result we don't know that but I do know the effort that we put into is as close as what we can get. And I hope that these two stories that I have that I share with you hopefully might help some of you at least one But then let also that life is not always going to be fair There will be times where you'll be weaker than those around you. There may be reasons that's not your own. In those situations you have only one option. Own your own weaknesses Learn what they are and make each weakness your next area of growth. You cannot just be a victim of life's challenges. Because they will beat you down. Especially if you start hearing all the criticisms They surely will bring you down but you will not let it happen. Know what you want out of life and use all your strength Use all of your weaknesses and fight as hard as you can to reach them. Because again, no one will fight harder than you And if we take this to a different context or in a larger context, both Guam and the CNMI suffer from limitations that we cannot control. We are limited on size, isolated by geography, and struggle to find adequate voice in a large federal system. Additionally, we have a complex history in our relation between the two territories But there is also an opportunity in these limitations In the long history of our relationship, our similarities have always far outweighed our differences The path forward for me is to harness those similarities to strengthen our voice fight for the grounds we both have in common and witness what can we expand across the ocean that divide us That is why I've worked over the several months with Governor Calvo Whether its H-2b visa or our issue CW and also members of the [In Chamorro] Senators like Will Castro to institute a regional working group for the Marianas That will work on these issues with mutual concern to generate mutual benefit And I hope to continue this effort and build up on it to strengthen those ties that bind our islands together. The possibilities are there. And there always have been. But it is putting in the work to realize those possibilities We share an island chain, a culture, a history. And if we fight for it We can also share in a future of prosperity for the Marianas as a as a as a whole as one. So graduates, I know probably at the end of the day you're not going to remember me because it's one of those commencement speakers But one thing I want to get out of this today, Mr. President is this Do what you want to do And work as hard as you can Because you have families and friends will support you Congratulation Chase your dreams and don't let anyone tell you your shortcomings or your weaknesses I've been told you're too young You're too young You're too young It is an opportunity that each one of us are seeking for and when you have that opportunity, take it. Because you may not become, it may not be there again. Make sure you take that opportunity and prove everyone that you are and you can do it. Mr. President [In Chamorro]

Contents

Background

Gregorio Sablan, the first delegate from the Northern Mariana Islands to the House of Representatives, ran for re-election.[1] Sablan was challenged by Covenant Party candidate Joe Camacho, an attorney and former Floor Leader in the Northern Mariana Islands House of Representatives.[2][3] The local Republican Party candidate was Juan N. Babauta, the former Governor of the Northern Mariana Islands.[4] There was also one Democratic (CNMI) challenger, Jesus Borja, a former lieutenant governor.[5]

The race was considered to be highly competitive given Sablan's vulnerability, having been elected by less than a quarter of the vote in 2008, the strong Republican political environment, and the number of strong challengers.

Candidates

  • Gregorio Sablan (D), incumbent Delegate
  • Joe Camacho (Cov), former Covenant Floor Leader in the Northern Mariana Islands House of Representatives
  • Jesus Borja (D), former Lieutenant Governor of the Northern Mariana Islands
  • Juan Babauta (R), former Resident Representative and former Governor of the Northern Mariana Islands

Results

Northern Mariana Islands' At-large congressional district election, 2010[6]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Gregorio Sablan 4,852 42.74
Covenant Joe Camacho 2,744 24.17
Republican Juan Babauta 2,049 18.05
Democratic Jesus Borja 1,707 15.04
Total votes 11,352 100.00
Democratic gain from Independent

References

  1. ^ Eugenio, Haidee V. (2010-01-21). "Kilili declares re-election bid". Saipan Tribune. Archived from the original on 2012-03-23. Retrieved 2010-03-14.
  2. ^ Eugenio, Haidee V. (2010-03-12). "Covenant Party chooses Camacho as delegate candidate". Saipan Tribune. Archived from the original on 2012-03-23. Retrieved 2010-03-14.
  3. ^ Eugenio, Haidee V. (2010-03-06). "Camacho seeks delegate seat under Covenant Party". Saipan Tribune. Archived from the original on 2012-03-08. Retrieved 2010-03-14.
  4. ^ Deposa, Moneth (2010-04-29). "It's official: Babauta is GOP's bet for delegate". Saipan Tribune. Archived from the original on 2012-03-23. Retrieved 2010-04-30.
  5. ^ Deposa, Moneth (2010-04-09). "Ex-lt. governor Borja seeks delegate post". Saipan Tribune. Archived from the original on 2012-03-23. Retrieved 2010-04-30.
  6. ^ http://clerk.house.gov/member_info/electionInfo/2010election.pdf
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