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Local political action group begins countdown to Guam election 2022

By Pacific Island Times News Staff

Action PAC Inc., an influential political action group on Guam, has regrouped and reactivated its machines as the election year begins.

Action PAC, a multisectoral bloc that seeks to shape Guam voters' decisions, is advocating for business privilege tax rollback, a lean and transparent government, and support for the military buildup.

Action PAC has announced the selection of its new executive director, Phillip Leddy II, who drive the PAC’s efforts for the election in November. Leddy replaces Laura Dacanay, who led APAC through the 2020 election season.

"Phillip brings a fresh perspective to this role, and he has the energy and vision to take the PAC into the 2022 election and beyond," said Action PAC’s chairwoman Christine Baleto.

Leddy is currently serving as the director of sales, Marketing, and Business Development at Guam Copier and is an Independent Covid-19 testing facilitator for Guam and Saipan. He has more than 15 years of leadership experience working with small businesses to large corporations in Guam and California.

Leddy, an active member of Guam Chamber of Commerce, Guam Young Professionals, Guam Contractors Association, Guam Hotel & Restaurant Association, Toast Masters Guam Chapter, and other church and civic organizations has been a member of Action PAC since its inception. He is passionate about engaging multi-generations of voters to take active roles in shaping Guam’s future.

Action PAC has five key initiatives including rolling back of the BPT (business privilege tax) from 5 percent to 4 percent or less; rightsizing the government of Guam for greater efficiency; improving the transparency in all levels of the government and promoting open communication and collaboration between the public and private sectors; strengthening relations with the U.S. military to improve safety and security in the region and maximize economic opportunities for Guam; and support for a part-time legislature.

“I’ve been a member of the PAC from the start, and I am confident I can build momentum and support for the PAC’s important platform this election season. There’s a lot of uncertainty about Guam’s future, which makes this election one of the most significant events of our time," Leddy said "Our residents – working families, man’amko’, and recent graduates – are calling for legislators who can dynamically lead our island and bring innovative solutions for economic recovery.”

APAC’s membership is made up of concerned individuals, constituents, nonprofit organizations, and business entities on Guam who believes that its citizens should have a stronger voice in shaping Guam’s political and economic future. As a nonprofit, political action committee, Action PAC does not identify with a specific political party and is made up of Guam residents and members of seven nonprofit organizations:

  • Chinese Chamber of Commerce

  • Guam Chamber of Commerce

  • Guam Contractors Association

  • Guam Hotel and Restaurant Association

  • Guam Realtors Association

  • Guam Women’s Chamber of Commerce

  • Korean Chamber of Commerce

George Chiu, vice chairman of Action PAC, added, “We are ready to ramp up efforts, and we welcome fellow residents to join our movement. This election will be critical for how we begin to recover after two long and challenging years.”

Leddy added, “We’ve created a countdown clock to Election 2022 at to remind everyone that it’s time to join together to make the changes we need to see in our government. We encourage residents over the age of 18 to become Action PAC members and, most importantly, to register to vote early for the 2022 election. Every vote and voice matters.”

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