Bernier’s Gubernatorial Campaign Will be ‘Diverse and Inclusive’
Just as in previous Popular Democratic Party (PDP) campaigns for governor in 1992 with Víctoria Muñoz and 1992 with Héctor Luis Acevedo, La Fortaleza hopeful David Bernier’s campaign also aims to be inclusive and diverse.
And as in Biblical times, the campaign will be based on a kind of “10 Commandments” that will serve as thematic references for the campaign, which will be headed by attorney Liza Ortiz Camacho, who has ample political and government experience. This includes having served as a top aide to the office of former Gov. Aníbal Acevedo Vilá when he was the spokesperson of the PDP minority in the House of Representatives. She also served as an adviser on legislative, municipal and public affairs at La Fortaleza during Sila María Calderón’s term as governor. Ortiz Camacho currently heads her own legal practice, Success Solutions, and is the National Committeewoman of the Democratic Party in Puerto Rico and a member of the Hispanic Caucus.
“I am going to put my life, heart and soul into the campaign. I firmly believe in David Bernier’s proposal, who I consider to be a capable, mature, serious and committed person, with great enthusiasm for democracy and helping to improve the quality of life of Puerto Ricans,” Ortiz Camacho said.
Last December, Gov. Alejandro García Padilla announced he wouldn’t seek re-election. Bernier, who had served as secretary of State in García Padilla’s administration, announced his candidacy for La Fortaleza just a few days later.
She added that at the moment, Bernier’s government plan is being worked on. The ambitious list includes addressing the island’s financial and economic crisis; solving the issue of Puerto Rico’s political status; attacking corruption and political investing; transforming the education system; saving the health system; guaranteeing the security of the Puerto Rican family; reforming the government and transforming it into an agile and efficient structure; generating equality and fighting poverty; inserting Puerto Rico at international levels; and calling for the unity of Puerto Rico.
Ortiz Camacho also said that as a lawyer, she represents clients in different forums, including government entities, but not as a lobbyist. “I am a lawyer and I represent clients, but I am not a lobbyist,” she said in response to criticism regarding this issue.
Besides Ortiz Camacho, Bernier’s campaign team is comprised of communications entrepreneur David Vergel, in charge of the government program; Chief of Security at the University of Puerto Rico Río Piedras Campus Samuel González as head of operations; former assistant Secretary of State Javier González in charge of electoral affairs; and Ana María Santiago in charge of press and communications.