Moylan vows to steer clear of 'dirty politics'
Updated: Sep 4
By Pacific Island Times News Staff
Sen. James Moylan, the Republican Party’s candidate for the Guam delegate seat, vowed to run a clean campaign as he heads to the Nov. 8 general elections to race against the Democratic candidate, former Speaker Judi Won Pat.
“We aren’t interested in searching for anyone’s ‘dirty laundry’ or creating troll accounts, rather we will focus on facts on issues which impact the community, and if ever needed, defend our position,” Moylan said in a statement.
“It has been brought to our attention that a committee has been assembled specifically to ‘dig’ into my personal life, finances and/or other business activity I participated in over the years, with the objective of identifying any ammunition which they can use to distract and shift the direction of the campaign,” he said.
“However, I must warn them that you can try and attack me personally, but my family, especially my daughters, are off limits,” said Moylan, who ran uncontested in the Republican primary.
Moylan was a commissioned officer in the U.S. Army and served as a parole officer at the Guam Department of Corrections.
In the private sector, Moylan managed the life and health departments at Moylan’s Insurance Underwriters. He also managed government accounts at NetCare Life & Health Insurance Company.
While acknowledging that the “disgusting and desperate aspect of politics” is inevitable, Moylan said his campaign is focused on the party’s platform, plans and processes.
“Our pledge has always been and will continue to be to take the high road and will never attack any candidate on a personal level,” he added.
The Democratic Party declined to comment.
Won Pat defeated Sen. Telena Nelson by more than 2,000 votes in the Democratic Party's nomination for the delegate seat, which will be vacated by Congressman Michael San Nicolas, who ran an unsuccessful campaign for the gubernatorial race.
There were 65 write-in votes at the primary.
"I feel really great and so humbled by the support I received. I want to thank everyone from the bottom of my heart. I also want to thank and commend Sen. Nelson for honoring our commitment to each other to run a clean campaign. Our work is far from over," Won Pat said in a statement after the primary. "We want to come out strong at the general election."
Won Pat, who served nine terms in the Guam legislature, is the daughter of the late Antonio Borja Won Pat, Guam's first delegate to the U.S. Congress.