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Saipan Tribune: NMC's Matsunaga files candidacy (August 8, 2018)

Isabel Pangelinan Matsunaga, the Northern Marianas College testing coordinator, filed yesterday morning her candidacy as an independent bet for Precinct 2 of the House of the Representatives.

Matsunaga, 25, was accompanied by family members and some supporters when she turned in her papers for candidacy to Commonwealth Election Commission executive director Julita Villagomez and CEC administrative officer Kayla Igitol.

Former governor Juan N. Babauta and former education commissioner Dr. Rita A. Sablan, Delegate Gregorio Kilili C. Sablan and some fellow independent candidates came to support Matsunaga.

Precinct 2 covers Susupe, Chalan Kanoa, part of Finasisu, As Lito, and As Perdido.

In an interview, Matsunaga said she can offer a different perspective and a voice for the youth and women.

“We need more women. We need more people among my generation to speak up for the issues that are happening now,” she said. “I want to be part of the movement…a part of the movement that hopefully makes some real change.”

Matsunaga is the eldest of three children of Ramon T. Matsunaga and Tina Matsunaga.

After graduating from Marianas High School, she got her associate degree in Liberal Arts at NMC. She is currently pursuing her bachelor’s degree in business math. She has been working at NMC as testing coordinator for four years now.

The deadline to file candidacies is today, Wednesday.

As of yesterday, 87 have filed their candidacies for the Nov. 6 general election. Chief Justice Alexandro Castro and Associate Judge Teresa Kim-Tenorio, who are seeking retention on the bench, are not included in the 87.

Meanwhile, former Labor Secretary Edith Deleon Guerrero confirmed yesterday that she will be filing her candidacy as an independent for a Senate seat.

Deleon Guerrero said she will be filing her papers today, Wednesday, at 2:30pm.

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