Governor Torres announces suspension of campaign

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CNMI governor Ralph DLG. Torres and Joint Region Marianas commander, Rear Adm. Shoshanna Chatfield and representatives from the Guam National Guard met with local and federal partners to discuss ongoing recovery efforts after Typhoon Yutu, Oct. 28. Photo courtesy of Joint Region Marianas

Saipan-- Gov. Ralph DLG. Torres, who is seeking reelection, on Sunday announced the suspension of his campaign for the remainder of the 2018 CNMI general election season to prioritize relief and recovery operations in the wake of super typhoon Yutu.

“Arnold and I will be personally suspending our campaign from now until election day. This recovery operation is beyond politics,” Governor Torres said in his official statement.

“As your governor, I will be devoting all of my time on our relief and recovery efforts. I ask our community to respect each other and help each other out during this difficult time. The more we do that, the faster we can recover. Inafa'maolek. Un Familia. Un Guinaiya. Tipiyeew.”

On Saturday, President Trump approved a major disaster declaration for the CNMI, which was battered by Yutu on Oct. 24, leaving one dead and more than a hundred injured. Saipan and Tinian remained without power and water.