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González Colon: Statehooders returning to NPP ranks thanks to her candidacy

Governor setting strong pace in fundraising

Resident Commissioner Jenniffer González Colón

By The Star Staff

Saying in a press release Sunday that her candidacy for governor of Puerto Rico is bringing disaffected voters back to the pro-statehood New Progressive Party (NPP) fold, Resident Commissioner Jenniffer González Colón gave as an example the Nieves-Chévere family from the Pugnado neighborhood of Manatí, who voted for Proyecto Dignidad in 2020 because they believed that the options for governor did not represent their values.

Today they are returning to the NPP to vote for González Colón, they said.

“Following the statements of Resident Commissioner Jenniffer González Colón that she would run for governor of Puerto Rico, several statehooders have expressed their intention to return to the ranks of the New Progressive Party,” said Aníbal Vega Borges, the spokesman and electoral director of González Colón’s campaign. “We are reinforcing our electoral team in all the towns, in all the neighborhoods and we have more people who want to join and return to the NPP thanks to Jenniffer González.”

In the elections of 2020, the current governor, Pedro Pierluisi Urrutia, won with 33.24% of the vote, less than the percentage won by his predecessor, Ricky Rosselló Nevares, in 2016 with 41.80%, Vega Borges noted.

Meanwhile, Pierluisi’s campaign is consistently and steadily demonstrating solid finances and is well ahead in raising funds for his reelection, the governor’s campaign manager, Edwin Mundo Ríos, said Sunday.

According to the latest income and expenditure report – which covers July 1 to Sept. 30 – Pierluisi has raised $946,221.07. Of those funds, $655,298.68 correspond to collections for his re-election campaign and $290,922.39 in his role as president of the NPP, Mundo said.

“We have a leader and his name is Pedro Pierluisi,” Mundo said. “His campaign for re-election, once again, has been solidly supported and has the support of the party’s base to continue his agenda of well-being for all Puerto Ricans.”

A year before the elections, the NPP leader maintains a balance of $3.4 million in his coffers, the head of the governor’s campaign added.

According to income and expenditure reports filed with the Office of the Comptroller of Elections, since 2021 Pierluisi has been consistent in his fundraising.

The NPP president has raised $1,453,258.46 for the party since 2021. Specifically, in the current quarter he raised $283,776.15 and so far this year, $455,677.76.

For Mundo, healthy finances are not simply a number in a report, but demonstrate the stability that Pierluisi has brought to the government and which will continue for the next five years-plus. It also demonstrates the broad support enjoyed by the governor, the campaign chief added.

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