Puerto Rico Senate Minority Leader Bhatia running for governor
SAN JUAN – Popular Democratic Party Sen. Eduardo Bhatia said Thursday that he intends to run for Puerto Rico governor in the 2020 elections.
“All the work I’m doing is directed toward that option. Of course,” Bhatia replied during a radio interview (WKAQ) when asked if he would run.
“But I’m doing it thoughtfully,” the former Senate president said. “I’m doing it with a lot of enthusiasm, with a team. We’re looking at it…. I’m convinced that if this is the option the country should have, it’s one of the options it should have. That’s why I’m telling you that I’m working to have a good Popular Party primary in 2020.”
The minority party’s other gubernatorial hopefuls are Comerío Mayor Josian Santiago and former Sen. Roberto Prats. San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz has expressed interest but has not yet confirmed she is running.
This week, Sen. Aníbal José Torres was elected as president of the party after Héctor Ferrer stepped down for health reasons. His presidency will be ratified at the party’s assembly on Dec. 2. Some PDP leaders have recommended that the party’s president not run for governor.
“It’s important that, at this stage, we focus more on working on ideas and concepts and thinking less about candidacies. We will work on the candidacies next year or the following year,” said Bhatia, 54, who was elected senator when he was 32 years old.