Look for change in the 35th Guam Legislature

Regardless of the outcome of Tuesday’s election, there will be a lot of new faces at the Guam Legislature in January and the collective level of legislative experience will be much lower.

Democratic departures include Speaker B.J. Cruz who has moved on to the Public Auditor’s Office, Sen. Frank Aguon, who is pursuing a write-in candidacy for governor, Sen. Michael F.Q. San Nicolas who is seeking the Guam Delegate to Washington seat, Sen. Dennis Rodriguez who ran in the gubernatorial primary, Fernando Esteves and longtime Sen. and Majority Leader Tom Ada. Choosing not to run are incumbent Republicans Minority Leader James Espaldon and Assistant Minority Leader Tommy Morrison.

Candidates are listed in the order they appear on the ballot:


Terlaje, Jose T. (Democrat)

He holds a Bachelor’s in public administration and associate’s in police science, UOG; University of Maryland; graduate, George Washington High School. Terlaje has served as mayor of Yona, civil defense director, a legislative aide at the Guam Legislature, a police sergeant and a 1st Sergeant in the U.S. Army.

Perez, Sabina E. (Democrat)

Holds a Master’s degree in teaching, University of Guam; bachelor’s in medical technology, University of Washington; graduate, Academy of Our Lady of Guam. She has been a teacher at Simon Sanchez High School, involved in curriculum development; sales/service representative of Mettler-Toledo Sales; staff research associate, University of California; laboratory supervisor and medical technologist.

Shelton, Amanda L. (Democrat)

Holds a Master’s in public administration, bachelor’s in political science and communication, UOG; graduate, Academy of Our Lady of Guam. Has served as press secretary, Office of Congresswoman Madeleine Z. Bordallo; chief of staff, Office of Senator Dennis G. Rodriguez, Jr.; chief policy analyst, Guam Legislature.

Terlaje, Therese M. (Democrat)

Sen. Terlaje is acting Speaker of the 34th Guam Legislature. Her Juris Doctor is from the UCLA School of Law; bachelor’s in biology, Creighton University; graduate, Academy of Our Lady of Guam.

Marsh, Dr. Kelly G. (Democrat)

First time candidate holds a PhD in cultural heritage studies, Charles Sturt University; master’s degree in Micronesian studies, University of Guam; bachelor’s degree in history and anthropology, University of Guam. She is an Adjunct professor, University of Guam; consultant and managing partner, Nihi Ta Fanhasso' Cultural and Historical Consulting; cultural anthropologist/ethnographer, Government of Palau; principal and social studies instructor, Guam International Christian Academy; social studies instructor, Trinity Christian High School

Alerta, Jermaine (Democrat)