Monday, December 23, 2013

Saipan Blogger not running for office in 2014

I've decided not to run for mayor, delegate, senate, governor, or representative next year.

Politics is an interesting sport on Saipan.  The ultimate sign of success is to be elected governor, and everything below that is seen as a stepping stone to get there.  People even suggest that the delegate, who is paid three times what the governor makes and has the power to declare war on other countries (he can introduce the resolution, he just can't vote on it), should one day run for governor.

I think this is because there aren't many locals who participate in the private sector and the governor has always been the largest employer of voters.  The local businessmen who have done well over the years mostly employ foreign contract workers, and they don't vote.

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