Dalmau Santiago certified as PDP president
By John McPhaul
Popular Democratic Party (PDP) Secretary General Carlos Bianchi Angleró announced over the weekend that Senate President José Luis Dalmau Santiago was certified as the elected president of the party.
The PDP official said Dalmau Santiago completed the delivery of all the required documents and completed the evaluation process by the candidate qualifying commission. He only now has to take the oath because, since he is the only certified candidate, it is no longer necessary to call the party’s General Council for a vote.
It was also announced that the new president will designate a task force to initiate the transition within the PDP as of today, and will be sworn in on Tuesday, and, in the coming days, will direct the work of prioritizing the institutional and legislative agenda.
Bianchi Angleró also announced that the president-elect will address the party this week and will proceed to make timely appointments to the main positions of the PDP.
Dalmau Santiago will fill the vacancy after Carlos “Charlie Delgado Altieri, the PDP candidate for governor of Puerto Rico in the 2020 elections, notified the party’s governing board of his preference not to remain in the presidency of the party. Delgado Altieri, the former mayor of Isabela, served as party president after former Sen. Aníbal José Torres declined to return to that office after the elections last November.
Regarding the other candidates, the PDP general secretary announced that Ada Álvarez Conde was elected president of the Organization of PDP Women, Abner M. Otero Rosario was elected at-large delegate of the Popular Youth, Carlos J. Meléndez Galarza was elected vice president of the party’s Young Students organization, and Gabriel A. Ramos Colón and Erick González were elected as youth presidents of the party’s Bayamón and Mayagüez-Aguadilla districts, respectively.