NPP Delegates Endorse Llerandi Replacement
ARECIBO — New Progressive Party (NPP) delegates in Arecibo endorsed Friday Vice Mayor José “Memo” González Mercado to occupy the vacant seat left behind by Rep. Ricardo Llerandi.
Llerandi will leave the District 14 seat after being named by Governor-elect Ricardo Rosselló to be the Trade & Export Co. executive director.
“We summoned yesterday our delegates from District 14 of Arecibo and Hatillo, and we approved a resolution fully supporting José González as our next representative in that district. We are all convinced that González is the best option to continue the excellent work that our Representative Ricardo Llerandi has been doing for the past four years,” said Arecibo Mayor Carlos Molina via written declarations.
Likewise, the NPP House leadership expressed their endorsement for González Mercado on Friday.
“I am more than thankful and honored by the broad support I’ve received from both Arecibo Mayor Carlos Molina and our next House Speaker Johnny Méndez, and all the new leadership. I also thank the support from Hatillo’s NPP president, Wendy López, Arecibo’s Municipal Legislature and all our delegates. If the opportunity were to arise, I will give myself completely to work, just as I’ve been doing until now, for Arecibo and all the district,” said González Mercado.
The legislator, 37 years old, has worked for the past four years as Arecibo’s vice mayor and administrator. He has an associate art degree from Wabash Valley College in Illinois, and a magna cum laude Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from Universidad del Este, where he is currently doing his master’s degree in Management and Strategic Leadership.