Delegate Jonathan Isechal had publicly announced his plans to run for a senatorial race for the 2020 elections.
Isechal, who was speaking before senior citizens and guests during the Senior Citizen’s Day celebration in Peleliu onSunday, May 5, said that he will forego the seat of delegate for Peleliu state to give way to a younger candidate.
“I believe in giving the people of Peleliu the opportunity to consider a young man or a young lady [for a delegate post],” Isechal said.
Isechal, who is now 66 years old, said that he is still healthy and active to be able to run for the senatorial race.
“It’s been a privilege to serve the people of Peleliu as their delegate. Now I’m ready to go to the next level and I hope I’ll be a good asset to the senate and [Olbiil Era Kelulau] (OEK) [if elected for the post],” Isechal said, expressing further that he looks forward to a positive campaign.
According to Isechal, he believed thatin the absence of political party system in Palau, there is a need for the congress to work together regardless of who will be the key political players that will be voted on by the public.
“We must keep our political differences and work on [our] common interest for the benefit of the people and for the good of our island nation,” Isechal said.
If given the chance to be elected as senator, Isechal said that he sees the need to put attention on the needs of the elderly people and the increasing number of Palauans who have disabilities which he noted to be at around 1,000 now.
Isechal is currently in his fourth term as delegate of Peleliu state. He had been in the service for 16 years now. (Rhealyn C. Pojas)