Democratic Party (Northern Mariana Islands)

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CNMI Democratic Party
Chairperson Daniel Q. Quitugua[1]
Vice Chairperson Janet King[1]
Secretary Jonathan P. Cabrera[1]
Treasurer Emeliana Chargualaf[1]
Platform Committee Chair Jesus I. Taitague
Founded 1978
Headquarters Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands
Ideology Liberalism
Social liberalism
Political position Center-left[citation needed]
National affiliation Democratic Party
Colors      Blue
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The CNMI Democratic Party is a political party in the Northern Mariana Islands. It is now officially affiliated with the United States' national Democratic Party.


The CNMI has not elected a Democratic Governor since 1993, when Froilan Tenorio was elected. At the legislative elections of November 1, 2003 the party won 1 out of 18 seats. It won an extra seat in the 2005 legislative elections. Its candidate Froilan Tenorio won 18% in the 2005 gubernatorial election. In the November 3, 2007 Commonwealth Legislature elections, the party took only 1 of 20 seats in the House of Representatives.[2][3]

There are currently no Democrats elected to office in the Northern Mariana Islands.

In 2009, for the first time ever, the Democratic Party did not nominate a candidate in the gubernatorial election. They fielded a candidate for Mayor of Saipan (Angelo Villagomez), along with two CNMI House candidates and one CNMI Senate candidate.[4]

In August 2016, the Commonwealth Election Commission recognized the party for the 2016 election year. Three of the 67 political candidates on the NMI are Democrats.[1]


The CNMI Democratic Party has defended Article 12 of the CNMI Constitution which restricts land alienation to persons of Northern Marianas descent.[5]


  1. ^ a b c d e Villahermosa, Cherrie Anne E. (August 18, 2016). "Democrats recognized as NMI political party". Marianas Variety. Retrieved August 20, 2016. 
  2. ^ "Northern Mariana Islands Government 2015, CIA World Factbook". Retrieved February 26, 2015. 
  3. ^ The Far East and Australasia 2003. Taylor & Francis Group. 2002. p. 1129. ISBN 9781857431339. Retrieved February 26, 2015. 
  4. ^ "2010 Northern Marianas Islands Congressional Race". D.C.'s Political Report. D.C. Finegold-Sachs. Archived from the original on September 22, 2015. Retrieved February 26, 2015. 
  5. ^ Dayao, Jun (May 21, 2014). "Democratic Party of NMI defends Article 12". Saipan Tribune. Retrieved April 21, 2016.