27 September 2023

GUAM: Political advertising sent to school

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Guam’s Civil Service Commission (CSC) will not take action on allegations political advertising material was delivered to Agueda Johnston Middle School, saying this does not breach any exiting legislation.

Teacher, Gina Call said she filed a complaint with the Commission after finding campaign literature in the office of the School Administrator.

Ms Call (pictured) took photographs of the material and filed a complaint because she believed the material was a violation of a law that restricts political activity by Government officials.

The teacher wanted the Commission to investigate whether the advertisements were carried in intra-Agency mail sent through the Guam Department of Education.

She said she didn’t believe her school administration was aware of the political advertising that was delivered.

However, an investigation by CSC staff found that an advertising agency had paid the United States Postal Service to distribute the material across the island.

Chair of the Commission, Juan Calvo said the CSC did not have the authority to investigate the US Postal Service, which fell outside its jurisdiction.

Mr Calvo motioned to adopt the staff recommendation that no investigation took place.

Commissioners voted in favour, with Commissioner, Priscilla Tuncap recusing herself because she said the candidate on the advertisement was related to her.

Ms Call said she understood the decision, but asked Commissioners to do something “to manage this type of literature so that it’s not found in school offices”.

Hagåtña, 8 September 2022

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