Former Democratic lawmaker and current Bank of Guam President Lou Leon Guerrero has been elected the first female governor of the U.S. territory.
“We are extremely grateful for the opportunity given to us to make a positive change for all our people,” Leon Guerrero said, according to Pacific Daily News.
With all 67 precincts counted, Leon Guerrero and Joshua Tenorio, her running mate, received 50.7 percent of the votes cast for governor of Guam, defeating incumbent Republican Lt. Gov. Ray Tenorio and Tony Ada, who received 26.4 percent of the vote. Leon Guerrero won by more than 8,600 votes.
The margin is large enough to avoid a runoff, according to final unofficial results released at 7 a.m. Wednesday.
Leon Guerrero will be the ninth elected governor of Guam and will be limited to two four-year terms.
Guam is about 4,000 miles west of Hawaii, with a population of more than 160,000 people.