Aug. 25: Here they go

(A version of this story was published in the print edition of ourAugust 2018 issue)

They were all dressed for their big job interview. Polished opening statements and confidence filled the ballroom when the gubernatorial candidates bragged about their accomplishments and laid out their platforms before the Guam Chamber of Commerce during an hour-and-half forum at the Guam Hilton Resort & Spa on July 25.

The growing crisis at the Guam Memorial Hospital and the recurring budget shortfalls take center stage at this year’s gubernatorial race. They have been the albatross of every administration and every election cycle promises a fool’s paradise. GMH has just lost its accreditation and stands to lose Medicare funds. The government of Guam is facing a projected $160 million revenue hole in fiscal 2019.

Despite the general cynicism, this year’s race for governor offers a wider variety and apparent policy distinctions. It’s a tough fight. This year’s gubernatorial race marks a stark contrast to the