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Former Gov. Acevedo Vilá to announce possible bid for party presidency

By on January 31, 2017

SAN JUAN – Former Gov. Aníbal Acevedo Vilá will make an announcement Wednesday about his possible candidacy to preside the Popular Democratic Party (PDP), his office said.

Juanita Colombani, the former governor’s press officer, said Acevedo Vilá will make the announcement at the party’s headquarters in Puerta de Tierra, but did not go into further detail.

“He will make an announcement tomorrow about his possible aspiration to the presidency of the Popular [Democratic] Party,” Colombani told Caribbean Business.

Former Gov. Aníbal Acevedo Vilá (CB/Juan J. Rodríguez)

Former Gov. Aníbal Acevedo Vilá (CB/Juan J. Rodríguez)

Were he to run for party president, Acevedo Vilá would face former legislator Héctor Ferrer, who already filed his candidacy last week.

So far, San Lorenzo Mayor José “Joe” Román Abreu has also announced his intention to run for president of the PDP.

“Gov. Aníbal Acevedo Vilá is an extraordinary PDP leader, as is Héctor Ferrer. The more people available for the PDP means the party is alive,” Román Abreu said when indicating he was also considering filing his certificate of candidacy.

The mayor of Comerío, Josean Santiago, said Acevedo Vilá approached him seeking his support but that he had already decided to support Ferrer’s candidacy for president and San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz Soto’s for one of the two available vice presidency slots.

Mayor Santiago said Acevedo Vilá has a different role to play and that Ferrer has the support of the mayors. The party managed to have 45 of the island’s 78 mayors elected in the last elections.

Santiago added that Acevedo Vilá can serve the PPD with his contacts in Washington, D.C., and help with the ideological definition of the commonwealth.

Meanwhile, the mayor of Cayey and president of the Mayors Association, Rolando Ortiz, said he was sure dialog would ensue so either Ferrer or Acevedo Vilá withdraw their bid and avoid having to hold a primary.

The party’s general council will meet Feb. 26 in Barceloneta to fill several of the party’s governing board vacancies, including the presidency and two vice presidencies.

Ferrer has said he welcomes the bids of both Acevedo Vilá and the mayor of San Lorenzo.

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