PDP ends process to submit candidacies, ready for elections
SAN JUAN — Popular Democratic Party (PDP) Secretary-General Javier A. Echevarría Vargas informed Friday that the collective will no longer be accepting presidential candidacies.
In an anticipated move, former Governor Aníbal Acevedo Vilá presented his candidacy to preside the party, for which he will face former resident commissioner candidate Héctor Ferrer. Acevedo Vilá had previously mentioned Ferrer’s own aspirations to represent the PDP in the 2020 elections should deter him from the party’s leadership, while Ferrer affirmed his eventual gubernatorial bid doesn’t represent a conflict of interest in party presidency.
Meanwhile, Echevarría Vargas said that San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz stands unchallenged in her quest to occupy the PDP’s second vice-presidency. Meanwhile, Caguas Mayor William Miranda Torres and Luis Galarza will be competing for the role of member-at-large; Peñuelas Mayor Walter Torres and Juan Medina will face each other to represent the Ponce District; and Carolina Mayor José Carlos Aponte Dalmau and Luquillo Mayor Jesús “Jerry” Márquez submitted their candidacies to represent the Carolina District.
“During the General Council’s celebration we will receive the message from the President, David Bernier, and we will select the leaders who will direct the Party during this complex scenario… We are positive that from this voting process a unified PDP will emerge to tackle the country’s challenges ahead,” stated Echevarría Vargas in written declarations.
The electoral process will be held Sunday, February 26 at Barceloneta’s Ernesto Ramos Antonini Theater, at 9:00 a.m.