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Debate to be Held on Puerto Rico’s Need for Political Parties

By on January 26, 2016

SAN JUAN – The Puerto Rico chapter of the Association of Latino Professionals for America (ALPFA) will hold a debate on whether political parties are a must for Puerto Rico’s economic development. The event will take place Feb. 4 at 7 p.m. in the Caparra Country Club in Guaynabo.

“With 2016 being an election year, ALPFA’s first event of the year will be a debate. Through this type of event, we seek for young professionals to insert themselves in topics involving politics, and to be well-informed and prepared in order to make a better decision when casting their vote,” Raúl Palacios, the president of Alpfa’s Puerto Rico chapter, commented.

The debate will feature two groups. Former Secretary of State Kenneth McClintock and Sen. José Natal Power will defend the political parties, while independent gubernatorial hopefuls Alexandra Lúgaro and Manuel Cidre will support their position against the current political party structure.

ALPFA’s San Juan chapter was relaunched in 2013, gathering young Puerto Ricans through college chapters as well as new fraternization events for young professionals from all industry sectors.

The board of the local chapter comprises 10 professionals from all sectors, including accountants, financiers, human resources and public relations executives.  

ALPFA invites young professionals and leaders who want to make difference to join their association and “take advantage of all the opportunities we provide all year long,” Palacios added.  

ALPFA was the first national Latino professional association in the U.S., established in Los Angeles in 1972.


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