Updated: Apr 18
By Pacific Island Times News Staff
Ending months of speculation, Congressman Michael San Nicolas today confirmed his decision to run for governor, with veteran broadcast journalist Sabrina Salas Matanane as his running mate.
San Nicolas will challenge the incumbent Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero in the Democratic Party's primary.
San Nicolas, who is serving two terms as Guam's delegate to Congress, today issued a media advisory announcing his trip to the Guam Elections Commission tomorrow to pick up a candidate packet for governor.
"We can confirm that his choice is KUAM News’ own Sabrina Salas Matanane. Bri now steps down from her job as managing director of news and local productions and will be joining San Nicolas on Tuesday for the rescheduled launching event," a KUAM article said.
“After 25 years at KUAM Communications, Sabrina Salas Matanane is departing the company to pursue political aspirations. During her time as a reporter, news director and managing director of local productions, Sabrina has worked hand-in-hand with our team to garner several awards for journalism and produced many groundbreaking entertainment programs. We thank Sabrina for all her contributions to our news organization and wish her well on this next chapter of her life," KUAM CEO Marie Calvo-Monge said in a statement.
Matanane joined the KUAM News Team in January 1997 as the news anchor. After a year on the job, she was promoted to news director and was named the co-anchor of KUAM News Primetime.
Matanane is originally from the village of Agat, but spent most of her childhood in the mainland as a military dependent. She is the daughter of retired U.S. Air Force Senior Master Sergeant Noberto and Lolita Salas of Oklahoma City.
She graduated from Del City High School in Oklahoma and would later attend the University of Oklahoma earning a bachelor's in electronic journalism.
More details to follow.