Democrats just made history with their first governor’s race win in today’s 2018 midterm elections

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What we dearly hope will prove to be a blue tsunami fittingly began in the tiny island territory of Guam, where Democrats claimed their first victory in the monumental 2018 midterm elections.

Democrat Lou Leon Guerrero and her lieutenant governor Josh Tenorio defeated Republican Ray Tenorio, making Guerrero Guam’s first female Governor, solidly dislodging the conservative who had held the office for the past eight years with over 50% of the vote.

Tenorio and his lieutenant governor were only able to rake in 26% of the vote, almost getting lapped by write-in-candidates with 22% of the vote.

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Guerrero worked as a nurse during her early years, eventually rising up to become Guam Memorial Hospital’s assistant nursing director during the 1980s. She then got into politics in 1994, becoming Senator for Guam’s 23rd, 24th, 26th, 27th, and the 28th Guam Legislatures.

She was elected as CEO and president of the Bank of Guam, which was founded by her father, in 2006, but has promised to divest herself from the bank upon her election.

With history already having been made with the Democratic Party’s very first victory, let’s cross our fingers and hope it’s a sign of things to come.

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Original reporting by Asha Robles at KUAM.

 

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Colin Taylor

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Colin Taylor is the managing editor of the Washington Press. He graduated from Bennington College with a Bachelor's degree in history and political science. He now focuses on advancing the cause of social justice, equality, and universal health care in America.

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