Honorable John A. Cruz
John Aguon Cruz (known as “Chaka” by many) was born on September 13, 1954 to the late Teresa Aguon Cruz and the late Francisco Taijeron Cruz. John grew up in Anigua and graduated from John F. Kennedy High School in 1972.
John married the former Marie Duenas Mendiola, daughter of the late Tomas Flores Mendiola (Commissioner of Agana from 1972 to 1980) and Isabel Duenas Mendiola. John and Marie have three children: Mia Janelle, Jonathan, and Jude.
John worked for the Government of Guam and retired in 1996 after 25 years of dedicated service. Together with his family, John actively participates in community sports and Hagatna village activities and was a player-coach in various basketball leagues for many years.
John and his family are also active members of the Dulce Nombre de Maria Cathedral-Basilica Catholic Parish in Hagatna and he is a member of the Southern Guam Lions Club, with an emphasis on sight conservation. In 2016 he became a board member for the Catholic Cemeteries.
John supports organizations that assist the residents of Hagatna (and the rest of Guam) with their needs and volunteers some of his time towards this cause.
A lifelong resident of Hagatna, John envisions Guam’s capitol as being a clean, revitalized and bustling business, historical and cultural hub, and one that is worthy of its designation as the capitol of Guam. John’s desire to see this become a reality with strong, positive influence of his father-in-law, the late Commissioner Tomas Flores Mendiola, who inspired him to run for Mayor.
First elected in 2004, he was re-elected for a second term in 2008, a third term in 2012 and was successful in seeking a fourth term in 2016. John is looking forward to another challenging but rewarding four years of serving the people of Hagatna and in the process, all of Guam as well.
While in office Mayor Cruz worked diligently to relocate the Hagatna Mayors office to its new location in the old GMTA offices, where he can provide better services and open a youth center. His other accomplishments through his leadership, support, and efforts include the completions of FEMA flood mitigation projects, the Hagatna Bridge, the Guam Museum, the refurbishment of the old Guam Legislature, the demolition of the old Department of Administration building, the hosting of 2016 FESTPAC events, the re-paving of roads in Hagatna, the prosperous new restaurants such as Mosa’s, 9th St. Rotary and Kitchen Lingo, the opening of the Thrift Shop for Kamelen Karidat, the new Nanbo building, and the regular maintenance of all public parks.
Traditional Village Name: Hagatna • Population: 1,051
• Village Flower: Golden Trumpet