TACLOBAN CITY – Ormoc City Mayor Richard Gomez and Rep. Lucy Torres-Gomez have confirmed that they will be switching places in the coming 2022 elections.
In a post by the City Government of Ormoc FB Page on Thursday, September 16, the couple further confirms this plan with the posting of their line-up under the Ormoc Development Team (ODT).
This discounts the possibility that Lucy, who is now on her last term as representative of the 4th district of Leyte will run for senator.
“The decision made was on a basic and simple premise— to continue to develop Ormoc City to be a premier city in Region 8,” Gomez explained.
Lucy has been included in the initial line-up of Senators Panfilo Lacson and Senator Tito Sotto, and the PDP-Laban slate endorsing President Rodrigo Duterte for vice-president.
Leo Carmelo Locsin, Sr., the father of current Vice Mayor Leo Carmelo Locsin, Jr. will run for Vice Mayor.
City Councilor Vince Rama, meanwhile, will run for board member of the 4th district of Leyte, replacing his wife who will be running for City Councilor.
In addition, their candidate for City Councilors include incumbents Lalaine Marcos, Nolito Quilang, Perok Rodriguez, Jasper Lucero, Goito Yrastorza, and Roiland Villasencio.
Completing the City Councilors’ line-up, accordingly, are new candidates, BM Carmen Jean Torres-Rama, Atty. Burt Pades, former PBA player Rey Evangelista, and city health officer, Dr. Edmund Kierulf.
Gomez said they chose their candidates according to credentials, track record, and personalities that can make a positive difference for their city.
Gomez, now on his second term as mayor, earlier refused to run for a national position, citing that their focus is in Ormoc and the 4th district.
He added that although a higher office is appealing, he would also not force his wife to run for senate but will respect her decision where she could serve the people more. “What she wants is where she could serve best. We’re still thinking about it and I am just here to support whatever her decision is,” Mayor Gomez said. By Marie Tonette Marticio