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Guam - The 14 incumbent senators who are seeking re-election presented their platforms and met with members of the Guam Young Professionals Wednesday in Tumon.
The GYP, which is a committee of the Guam Chamber of Commerce, held the forum as part of their "You Decide: Election Series 2012".
The Guam Young Professionals had the opportunity to hear some of the views of incumbent senators who are seeking re-election today. All 14 of those seeking re-election made it to the forum held down in Tumon.
They were each asked to give a 3 minute introduction of themselves and their top priorities if re-elected. Republican incumbent Aline Yamashita said that her top priority would be to strengthen opportunities for the island's families.
"We must invest more in early childhood education to control the social fray the deterioration if we do that every dollar we invest in early childhood education we will get back five to eight dollars in less crime in less welfare and in higher graduation rates,” said Senator Yamashita.
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Democrat Senator Ben Pangelinan said jokingly that his priorities were to have fun and make sure that the people of Guam benefit from all the fun he's having. "We do a lot of personal constituency work in our office where we work with people on a one to one basis,” said Senator Pangelinan adding, "but in working and resolving those single challenges and issues of individual problems of the people in our community we expand our thinking and we place solutions in programs and not projects we place solutions in fixing the system so that another person doesn't come along and find himself with the same problem and the system can't address that issue."
Lawmakers were asked their position on the for profit bingo initiative. Democrat Senator Rory Respicio said he's opposed and will vote no on proposal A." This initiative that is being put before the people doesn't have a face it's faceless nameless and they don't want to defend their initiative and so that alone should tell each of us if someone is not going to standup for what they believe in then you shouldn't pay attention,” said Senator Respicio. Republican incumbent Sam Mabini says she's still undecided but does have some concerns about how proposal a will take business away from non profit bingo operations.
"Whether I am for it or against it I still want to see what the people of Guam will decide as far as a referendum,” said Mabini adding, "this kind of business will actually start introducing items like electronic bingo which will totally separate that opportunity or hinder that opportunity with the existing bingo entities and so that puts them at a big disadvantage."
The next Guam Young Professionals political forum is on October 24th and it will feature the new candidates running for the office of Senator.
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