A few close races seen for mayoral candidacies
By John McPhaul
The mayoral races across Puerto Rico in Sunday’s primary saw few close races.
Exceptions included in Aguadilla, where New Progressive Party (NPP) Rep. José Luis Rivera Guerra, who years ago faced doubts over the cost of dubious construction on his house, barely trailed Yanitsia Irizarry Méndez.
Rivera Guerra trailed Irizarry Méndez by just 21 votes, 50.19 percent to 49.1 percent, with 68.25 percent of the vote counted as of press time.
Another close race at press time was seen in the San Germán PDP mayoral race, where Isidor A. Negrón Irizarry barely led Jorge “Jorgito” Ramos, 50.6 percent to 49.4 percent of the vote, with 83.3 percent of the ballots counted.
The following is an accounting of some of the more relevant mayoral races as of press time.
In the San Juan New Progressive Party (NPP) mayoral primary Miguel Romero held a comfortable lead over Manuel “Palomo” Colón, 75.7 percent to 24.3 percent, with 82.8 percent of the vote counted.
In the NPP Caguas mayoral contest, Roberto López held a 52.8 percent to 47.2 percent lead over Ramón Díaz with 50.4 percent of the vote counted.
In the NPP Guaynabo mayoral race, Ángel Pérez Otero held a comfortable 53.8 percent to 39.9 percent lead over Edwrdo O’Neill, with Ricardo Aponte Martínez bringing up the rear with 6.31 percent of the vote with 84.7 percent of the vote counted.
In Canóvonas, Lornna Soto led the NPP mayoral race, 66.1 percent to 33.9 percent for Ramond Sánchez Jiménez, with 75.9 percent of the vote counted.
In the NPP race for mayor in Adjuntas, Jaime Barlucea Maldonado held a slim lead over Obed David Cintrón González, 50.9 percent to 49.1 percent, with 31.3 percent of the vote counted.
In the NPP mayoral race in Arecibo, Carlos Molina Rodríguez held a comfortable lead over Lemueil Soto Santiago, 65.6 percent to 34.4 percent, respectively, with 75.9 percent of the vote counted.
In the three-way NPP Naguabo mayoral primary, Noe Marcano Rivera led Rosa “Rosita” Díaz with 58.6 percent of the vote followed by 32.2 percent for Díaz and 9.3 percent for Mario López. In Trujillo Alto, José Luis Cruz Cruz held a 69 percent to 31 percent lead over Pedro “Pedrito” Rodríguez, with 78.1 percent of the vote counted.
On the Popular Democratic Party (PDP) side, in Barceloneta, Wanda “Tata” Soler Rosario held a commanding lead, 85.7 percent to 14.3 percent for José “Gaby” Laureano, with 78.2 percent of the vote counted.
In the Trujillo Alto PDP mayoral primary, José Luis Cruz Cruz held a 69 percent to 31 percent lead over Pedro “Pedrito” Rodríguez, with 37.2 percent of the vote counted.
In Río Grande, Ángel “Bori” González Damutd led comfortably with 86.58 percent of the vote over Manuel “Manny” Ramos Matos’ 13.42 percent in the PDP mayoral race, with 24.2 percent of the vote counted.
In the PDP Lares mayoral race, Marcos A. Irizarry Pagán comfortably led Benjamín Ben Cruz Lugo, 84.3 percent to 15.7 percent, respectively.
In a four-way race in the Isabela PDP mayoral primary, Miguel “Ricky” Méndez Pérez led Carlos Ismael Delgado Irizarry, Sergio Ortiz and Elidio Aldarondo Pagán, with 90.5 percent of the vote counted.