Monday, August 11, 2008

Who is John H. Davis, Jr?

This afternoon I was forwarded an email penned by John Davis, one of the nine candidates for Congress. This is the first communication I have received from any of the candidates.

As a public service to the people of the CNMI I'm reprinting his letter on this blog.

As you probably already know, I am running for the seat of CNMI Delegate to the U.S. Congress. However, you probably don't know much about me. And since I am not as well known as some of the other candidates I thought I'd better start catching up in the "who I am" department.

I have been a resident of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands for twenty-two years. I arrived in the CNMI in September1986 to assist in the opening of the Commonwealth Health Center. I was the CHC's first Radiology Department Manager. If you are 21 or 22 years old and were born in the Commonwealth, I probably took the first pictures of you (using ultrasound). I was later the resident manager for FHP when it moved to its current location in the Oleai Center. I have also worked as a taxi driver, courier, fitness trainer, bartender as well as other so-called "ordinary everyday jobs."

Until recently I was very actively involved in sports. I have competed in football, wrestling, boxing, and track. I have competed internationally in track and boxing. I represented the CNMI in bodybuilding and weightlifting. I have been a sport parachutist, and taikwondo "breaking" demonstrator, and I have skied the Alpspitz (a mountain in Germany) from top to bottom.

I retired from the U.S. Army after twenty years of service. I earned the Combat Medic's Badge and Bronze Star with "V' Device while serving one and a half tours with the 101st Airborne Division in Vietnam from 1966 to 1968. I have earned All-American status on two separate occasions as a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Saipan Post 3457.

My children are all adults and, except for my youngest, live in the mainland United States. I raised three children here in the Commonwealth. My baby is now a sophomore at Northern Marianas College. My family ties within the Commonwealth are limited. I am not a member of any political party or political organization. I live in the CNMI because I like it here (the sun, the ocean, the beaches, the laid-back lifestyle that sometimes is laid-back a little too much). I don't owe money or favors to anyone. I speak my mind and sometimes from my heart.

I have a Master's degree in Education and I teach Advanced Placement Language Arts (English) and Advanced Placement Government and Politics at Marianas High school.

Two years is a very short time to claim that I am going to move the earth. So aside from my pledge to faithfully represent all of the people of the CNMI with truth, honesty, and integrity, I will also promise not to use the office to maximize my photo opportunities, not to use the office to maximize my time on the golf courses, not use the office to assault my subordinates, and not to use the office to line my own or my family's pockets.

What I will do is:
(1) Introduce legislation for the transfer of the control of the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) and submerged lands surrounding the CNMI from the United States to the CNMI.
(2) Immediately introduce legislation to have an office of the Small Business Administration open in the CNMI.
(3) Immediately introduce legislation to have a Veterans Administration Hospital built in the CNMI.
(4) And, if it is still an issue, work to have green cards and/or passports granted to non-American individuals who have immediate relative status in the CNMI.

I think that getting these issues resolved will be a full time endeavor. If anyone is promising more, he is either lying, has no concept of the nature of the office, or he is a superhero.

Well, that's me, John H. Davis, Jr. in a very small nutshell. But, at least you have an idea of who I am.

I will be happy to meet with anyone or any group to elaborate on my positions. If you are inclined to hear more, please contact Jeanne Rayphand at 235-7273 and she will set a time and date. Thank you for your time and no matter for whom you vote, please VOTE.

John H. Davis, Jr.


Lil' Hammerhead said...

He sounds like a good guy. My MAJOR concern, is that nowhere on his list does he include seeking assistance to address our power generation problems. That to me would be the major item a candidate should pledge to pursue.

Saipan Writer said...

I assume the dig about using the office for photo opps is aimed at Pete A (and all who came before him). It's odd, but having your photo taken with NMI visitors to the capitol is a constituent service.

I think the delegate will have to be in lots of photos, especially as the new, first-time delegate.

I wonder what his position is on the creation of a national marine monument?

And perhaps on the power, Lil, he thinks we made the mess, we should deal with it ourselves and not seek a federal bail-out. I don't know, but it would be worth asking.

Lil' Hammerhead said...

That would be helping to get ourselves out of the mess. If he won, he'd be the CNMI delegate, in the CNMI seat in congress. Part of us getting out of the mess, should mean work via our delegate to get the funding needed to achieve that goal. State congressmen get funding for all kinds of projects, programs and improvements.

With respect to the monument.. it sounds like his EEZ idea might hint at his feelings on that one. But that's just a guess.

The Saipan Blogger アンジェロ・ビラゴメズ said...

I had never heard of Mr. Davis until I saw in the paper that he was running.

Jeff said...

He has a long history of annoying Ambrose Bennett.

The Saipan Blogger アンジェロ・ビラゴメズ said...

Really? Care to expound on that?

John said...

Many of the issues that concern the people of the CNMI would not exist if our representatives, both local and in Washington, spent more time dealing with the issues and less time dealing with increasing prestige, power (as in big fish in a small pond), or “getting paid.” That isn’t necessarily a dig, but if the shoe fits….

The “National Marine Monument” issue seems to be a knee jerk reaction from both sides. I’ve read every word of the Iverson report and the fact is that NO ONE, including Iverson (he says so in his report), has a clue about the real impact in the Commonwealth of designating the waters around our northernmost islands a monument. I suspect those against it are upset because they feel they were somehow left out of the process. Go figure. And I suspect that those for it will jump on any bandwagon that claims a positive environmental impact. I think that there should be a real study that provides real information as opposed to assumptions. However, this will NOT be an issue for the new delegate as it WILL be resolved before the new administration takes office in January.

As for the CUC debacle, I want to make sure that I understand this premise. We want to get federal assistance (money) to get CUC out of trouble. Let’s say that happens. What do you think will happen almost immediately? Where will we be in another five to ten years? I believe there is a reason for that old saw about ”those who don’t study history are doomed to repeat it.” I’ve lived in the CNMI for its entire history… It’s time to progress, not repeat the same old cycle.

As for annoying Ambross…I can do that??!!

The Saipan Blogger アンジェロ・ビラゴメズ said...

Thanks for the comment, John.

SJ said...
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Frank said...

Some of you may be interested in knowing the TRUE John H. Davis.

Here are a couple of emails he forwarded to his children, siblings, nieces and nephews and wonders why he doesn’t get our moral and financial support.

It's been several weeks since I sent the email asking for financial donations for my run for congress this coming November. Perhaps you all thought I was trying to be funny. I'm not. But what most amazed me is that the only person that I heard from at all was Anthony. Now, I know that you all are busy but even if you could not support me financially I would have thought a little moral support would have been cool. Apparently that was also too much. As the song goes, I ain't mad at cha but I just want to call out you public evangelical hypocrites for what you are. I really am not angry though I am sure you will say that I am. If that makes you feel better, go for it. I just like calling it like I see it. In any case, I will persevere just as I always have. Be safe.

I saw your blog comment about my candidacy. Perhaps, if you spent a little time around and in support of your brother instead doing the back biting you might know more about him. You spend a lot of time professing your Christianity and telling others what they should do...well, you have to live that life...stay out of mine.