Senator Uduch Sengebau Senior opened the New Year with an explosive announcement of running for Vice President for the upcoming 2020 national elections, making her the first one to boldly announce candidacy for national post.
Senior first reportedly announced her plans to run for the position in Peleliu State on January 2 and later confirmed this during a public announcement via TMC TV Channel 28 last weekend.
The senator is known for being outspoken. She also has a weekly morning radio program called Family Hour that has been on for some years now.
Senior is the only lawyer among her colleagues in the Olbiil Era Kelulau (OEK) and is one of the only two women senators in Palau.
She earned her law degree in Hawaii and prior to being a senator, Senior worked as lawyer at the Micronesian Legal Services Corporation (MLSC) for three years and spent another three years at the Attorney General’s Office. She was then appointed as associate judge and then a senior judge for Land Court.
She earned a seat at the Senate after winning the 2012 national elections and had sought re-election during the 2016 polls. She is now serving out the remaining years of her second term.
Some Palauans also took it to the social media to express their support for Senator Senior’s plan to run for VP. No other individuals yet had openly expressed plans to run for a national post in the 2020 elections although a Facebook page promoting Surangel Whipps Jr. has been created by supporters calling for him to run for the Office of the President in 2020.
Meanwhile, President Tommy Remengesau, Jr. declared last year that he will not seek any national posts for the 2020 elections, saying that he would just go back to being an ordinary citizen and become a fisherman or farmer. (Rhealyn C. Pojas)