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John Finoña Blas is currently the executive director for the Guam Election Commission (GEC). Upon his selection by the GEC Board of Directors, Blas assumed his post with the GEC in June 2008. Prior to moving to the Commission, Blas was the executive director for the Mayors’ Council of Guam and served in that capacity from September 2001 until May 2008.
Blas has twenty-seven years of service with the Government of Guam. Blas began his service as a staff member for the Office of Legal Counsel and Recording Secretary during the 17th, 18th and 19th Guam Legislatures. In 1988, Blas was elected as Mayor of the village of Yigo where he served from January 1989 to January 1993. Upon leaving public office, Blas returned to the legislature as Chief-of-Staff for then Vice Speaker Ted S. Nelson during the 22nd and 23rd Guam Legislatures. After his tenure with the 23rd Guam Legislature, Blas continued in the 24th and 25th Guam Legislatures as a legislative committee staffer for former Senator Alberto “Tony” C. Lamorena, V. From January 2001 to September 2001, Blas worked as a Special Projects Coordinator for the Guam Telephone Authority where his duties were specific to its privatization.
Blas graduated from John F. Kennedy High School in 1981 and studied at both the Guam Community College and the University of Guam. He is one of ten children born to the late Juan Guerrero Blas (former Yigo Mayor and US Marshal) and Clotilde Finoña Blas. He is married to Catherine T.C. Blas, and they have six children. He is also an experienced musician and plays with the band Local Brew.