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Excerpts of a statement made by Robert Underwood after filing his candidacy with the Guam Election Commission, on June 30, 2020, to run for the office as the island’s delegate in Congress.

Pacific Daily News

Robert Underwood, who served as Guam’s Washington voice through much of the 1990s and into the early 2000s filed papers Tuesday morning as a candidate to return to his old job, most immediately challenging incumbent fellow Democrat Del. Michael San Nicolas in the Aug. 29 primary. San Nicolas, who was elected in 2018, filed to run last week.

The Republican candidate for the office, William Mendiola Castro, faces no opposition in the primary. 

Submitting his candidacy papers at the Guam Board of Elections, Underwood was joined by family members, including his wife Nerissa, present by video while undergoing COVID-19 quarantine after returning to Guam from the states, as well as a large contingent of local media. 

“My previous experience in Washington, D.C. taught me that fighting for the interests of Guam in that difficult environment was my primary job,” Underwood declared.

One definite possibility, should voters return him to Washington, he said, would be a re-opening of the war claims issue. 

“This is an opportune time to do that because, again, in the country, we’re having a time when we’re really re-examining justice issues. The whole society is looking at justice issues.” 

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