A blue wave came early to Guam’s American territory.
The island’s inhabitants were elected Guam’s first female governor, Lou Leon Guerrero, on Tuesday. She will be Guam’s first democrat to serve as governor since 2003.
The current governor, Republican Eddie Baza Calvo, has served the past eight years.
“We are very grateful for the opportunity to make a positive change for all our people,” said Leon Guerrero, according to Guam’s Daily News.
The unofficial governor was a democratic legislator in the area’s legislature.
Guam, which became a United States territory in 1
898, is an island in the Western Pacific nearly 4000 miles from the Hawaiian Islands. It is located west of the international date line.
Leon Guerrero, President of Guam Banks and her Contemporary Friend Josh Tenorio won against the Republican ticket with just over 50 percent of the vote, according to KUAM.
Democrats will hold 10 of the legislature’s 15 seats in the next session, reported the Pacific Daily News.
Since Guam, like Puerto Rico, is a US territory and not a state, its inhabitants can not vote for president. It is represented by a non-voting delegate in the House of Representatives.
Last year, Guam was busy in rising tensions between President Donald Trump and North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un. After launching a series of intermediate ballistic missiles, North Korea identified Guam as a potential target for an attack against the United States. The tensions between the two leaders who relieved after Trump met Kim in Singapore in June.
Leon Guerrero, the ninth person elected governor of Guam, will be sworn at the beginning of next year.