Palau’s former Cultural Anthropologist and Ethnographer is one of the senatorial candidates for Guam’s 2018 primary election that is set to be held on August 25.

Dr. Kelly Marsh-Taitano, who lived in Palau for four years and had formerly served as Cultural Anthropologist and Ethnographer in Palau for three years from 2010 to 2013, is now vying for a senatorial seat in the 35th Guam Legislature along with 19 other democrats. Nineteen Republicans are also vying for 15 spots in the senatorial race.

Those who will make it to the 15 spots will advance to Guam’s November 6 General Elections.

Marsh-Taitano is the niece of Norval Marsh, who was the Director and one of the pioneers of the Palau Community College (PCC) in the 1960s and 1970s back when it was still named as the Micronesian Occupational College.

Marsh-Taitano, through a statement furnished to Island Times, was quoted in saying that if elected, she plans to work for more cooperation and unity in Micronesia including cultivating closer ties between Palau and Guam.

“My work during those years as Cultural Anthropologist allowed me to learn so much especially from the elders of Palau and I still use the lessons they taught me in my classes at the University of Guam,” Marsh-Taitano said.

Marsh-Taitano is currently an adjacent professor at the University of Guam. (Rhealyn C. Pojas)