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Guam- With his goal to “build a responsible Guam”, Michael F.Q. San Nicolas says he decided to run for senator because he wants to address the local government's financial problems.
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The former Bank of Guam Assistant Vice President and Financial Adviser says he wants a better future for his two children.
“Our government has a lot of money problems and if we don't get our money problems fixed, then my kids and the future that they're going to have here on Guam is going to be very questionable” said San Nicolas. “I want them and their generation and their friends to be able to call Guam home and have opportunities here. And that's something we need to do today. That's why I had to run and throw my hat in the race.”
Although he currently lives in Dededo with his wife and kids, San Nicolas was raised in the southern village of Talofofo and comes from a heritage of public service. In fact, his grandfather is former Democratic Speaker Franklin Quitugua. He mentions with his background in finance and his strength in managing money, one of the first things he will do, if elected as senator, is help get the government's spending under control.
“What I would like to do is acknowledge the census data that shows that in 2000 to 2010, our population barely grew” remarked San Nicolas. “What we need to do at the legislature and the Governor's Office is over that time period, look at our lowest budget and implement that immediately. Once we can do that first, we can demonstrate to the people that we're serious about our commitments to control spending and then we can start putting for our plans to get the money situation back under control and get Guam growing again. But we need to take the lead first. So that will be one of the first things I would do.”
San Nicolas is also known as the youth speaker that introduced former President Bill Clinton when he came to Guam in the late 90's and also for writing his book, "A Father's Hand." He is number 13 on the ballot and is running under the Democratic ticket.
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