Micronesia in Review: Issues and Events, 1 July 2001 to 30 June 2002 Reviews of the Federated States of US Congress and a former professor Micronesia, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, and administrator at the University of and Nauru are not included in this Guam, and Ada, a popular senator in issue. the Guam Legislature and himself a retired army colonel, brought long résumés of public, private, and mili- Spiraling economic, social, and politi- tary service to their ticket. Espousing cal crises occupied Guam headlines the slogan “Rebuilding Guam. Din- during the year, while campaigns for uebu!” both Underwood and Ada upcoming gubernatorial, senatorial, have been extraordinarily high vote- and congressional elections sought to getters in recent elections; Underwood offer solutions and rekindle the opti- won his last congressional race with mistic spirit of disillusioned island 78 percent of the vote and Ada placed residents. Dropping income levels, ﬁrst among ﬁfteen senators for the rising unemployment rates, increased third time. bankruptcy numbers, and other eco- On the Republican slate, a race nomic troubles plagued the island, as between two teams of four senators in did mounting allegations of govern- the Guam Legislature is expected to be ment corruption and mismanagement. tight.
The Contemporary Pacific – University of Hawai'I Press
Published: Feb 10, 2003