CNMI Democratic Party
ChairpersonNola K. Hix[1]
Vice ChairpersonDaniel Q. Quitugua[1]
SecretaryLuella I. Marciano[1]
TreasurerEvan DLG Yamagishi[1]
HeadquartersSaipan, Northern Mariana Islands
Social liberalism
Political positionCenter-left[citation needed]
National affiliationDemocratic 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]

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]

As of March 2020, the CNMI Democratic Party does not have any seats in the CMNI Senate[5] or the House of Representatives.[6]

The party organized the 2020 Northern Mariana Islands Democratic caucuses.[7]

In the 2020 elections, four incumbent representatives announced that they would run for re-election as Democrats.[8] The party is running 18 candidates, and supporting 3 independent candidates.[9] The result of the 2020 general election indicates that of the 18 candidates, nine Democrats and the three endorsed independents were elected to office.[10]


The CNMI Democratic Party has defended Article 12 of the CNMI Constitution which restricts land alienation to persons of Northern Marianas descent.[11]


  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. ^ "Northern Marianas Commonwealth Legislature". Retrieved March 6, 2020.
  6. ^ "Northern Marianas Commonwealth Legislature". Retrieved March 6, 2020.
  7. ^ "Presidential caucus announcement". Retrieved March 13, 2020.
  8. ^ Propst, Edwin (June 19, 2020). "Why I'm running as a Democrat and why the CNMI needs a two-party system". Saipan Tribune. Retrieved August 9, 2020.
  9. ^ De La Torre, Ferdie (August 7, 2020). "66 candidates, 2 judges, 1 justice for retention". Retrieved August 9, 2020.
  10. ^ De La Torre, Ferdie (November 6, 2020). "Hix assures successful Democratic bets will deliver". Saipan Tribune. Retrieved January 1, 2021.
  11. ^ Dayao, Jun (May 21, 2014). "Democratic Party of NMI defends Article 12". Saipan Tribune. Retrieved April 21, 2016.