One of the front page pictures alongside TJ Remengesau and Olkeriil Kazuo for election story. Picture is from Surangel Jr. 2020 Facebook Page

The majority of the incumbents will battle it out with up and coming aspirants for election 2020 in the senatorial and delegate’s seat.
It is expected to be a four-way race for the presidential seat, with Surangel Whipps Jr. being
the last candidate to file for his candidacy the day before the deadline. Appearing alongside
Whipps Jr. on the day of his filing were his family and supporters.
The primary election for the Presidential elections will be held on September 22, 2020.
Running for Vice-President are two candidates, Frank Kyota and Uduch Sengebau Senior.
Showing up the day before the August 5 deadline to file for his candidacy was Warren Umetaro,
who will be running for Delegate of Aimeliik. There to show support were his family, current
Delegate of Aimeliik Marino Ngemaes, Governor of Aimeliik Browny Simer, former Governor
of Aimeliik Demei Obak, Lucio Tem Obakerbau, and other supporters.
August 4 holds great significance to Warren Umetaro as it is his late father Steven N. Umetaro’s
birthday. In the past, Steven N. Umetaro served as an Aimeliik Delegate and Vice-Speaker of the
House of Delegates 6 th Olbiil Era Kelulau. Warren Umetaro was the only one that filed for
Delegate of Aimeliik.
Running alongside Mr. Warren Umetaro are 26 other candidates hoping to win their positions as
delegate of their respective state. Like Mr. Umetaro, some candidates are running without
opponents, such as Yutaka Gibbons, Sebastian Marino, and Victoria Vicky Kanai,
Other delegates running against each other include: Noah Kemesong and Midas Ngiracheluolu
for Delegate of Kayangel; Dilmai Saiske and Timothy R. Sinsak for Delegate of Ngerchelong;
Gibson Kanai and Gerome Esebei Temengil for Ngaraard Delegate; Masisinge Arurang and
Ellender Ngirameketii for Ngiwal Delegate; Frutoso “Toto” Tellei and Lentcer Basilius running
for Delegate of Melkeok; running for Ngchesar Delegate are Rebecca Sebalt and Sabino
Anastacio; Fermin R. Meriang and Lucio Ngiraiwet will go head to head for the Delegate of
Ngardmau; Swenny Ongidobel and Portia Franz for Delegate of Ngaremlengui; Lee Otobed and
Jersey Iyar will go head to head for Ngatpang Delegate; running for Peleliu Delegate are Nace
Soalablai and Joseph Mtoched Giramur; and running for Delegate of Angaur are Olkeriil Kazuo
as well as Mario Gulibert.
Running for the senate this upcoming election are 27 candidates, 11 of whom are incumbent.
Those incumbent candidates include: Phillip Reklai, Stevenson Kuartei, Camsek Chin, Rukebai
Kikuo Inabo, Mark Ucherbelau Rudimch, Kerai Mariur, Mason N. Whipps, Regis Akitaya, Aric
Nakamura, Hokkons Baules and John B. Skebong.
Other candidates for senate include Kazuki Sungino, John Menidab, Jonathan “Cio” Isechal,
Salvador Tellames, Joan Risong Tarkong, Seit Andres, Llecholch Francis, Umiich Sengebau,
Eugene “Ngiraklou Usin” Termeteet, Andrew Tabelual, Rebluud Kesolei, Moses Y. Uludong, TJ
Imrur Remengesau, Ismael Remoket Muchucheu, Alexander Merep, and Secilil Eldebechel.
November 3 is the set date for the general elections.

Presidential son TJ Remengesau is one of the new political hopefuls in the upcoming Nov. general election. He is seeking a seat in the Senate. Supplied Photo

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