By Pacific Island Times News Staff
Republican Sen. James Moylan will officially announce his candidacy for the Guam delegate seat tomorrow.
According to a press release from his campaign, Moylan will submit a copy of his statement of organization to the Guam Elections Commission.
A source with the Republican Party of Guam said Moylan is expected to run unopposed. "The party will support him," the source said.
The sitting Democratic delegate, Congressman Michael San Nicolas, who is facing an ethics complaint before a congressional committee, has yet to make an official announcement but he is expected to challenge Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero in the primary.
Guam lawyer Peter Santos has picked up a packet for the congressional race but has yet to make an official announcement.
Earlier this month, Moylan traveled to Washington D.C. where he met with San Nicolas and had a congressional dry-run.
"The primary objective was to bring Guam’s message to the nation’s capital. We believe we were able to deliver to several members of the House of Representatives on the minority side of the aisle,'" Moylan said in a statement upon his return.
Moylan said his three-day trip was paid out of his pocket.
"I felt that as we head into an economic recovery phase, that it was critical to complement the efforts of the congressman and others in reaching to the other side of the political aisle to educate lawmakers on issues such as HR 6504, which would grant CHamoru owned businesses similar benefits as awarded to native Alaskan and Hawaiian entities when it comes to federal contracts being awarded in their respective jurisdictions; the inequities our island faces when it comes to funding for veterans," Moylan said.
Moylan, who is a two-term Republican lawmaker, also has an extensive background in healthcare, financial services, and insurance, and is a former small business owner.
"If given the opportunity to serve, he intends on bringing the same work ethics and passion to Congress, as he has brought to the Guam Legislature since 2019, which includes collaboration, action, a listening ear, and transparency, and most importantly would assure that Guam's message and concerns are priorities on the congressional table," a statement from his campaign said.