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Hernández Ortíz says his career just beginning after electoral loss

Villalba Mayor Luis Javier Hernández Ortíz was narrowly defeated by Jesús Manuel Ortiz.

By John McPhaul

Following his defeat in the Popular Democratic Party (PDP) elections for party president, Luis Javier Hernández Ortíz declared Monday that his political career “is just beginning.”

“All the popular must be clear that my political future is just beginning. I come from a small town, if obviously I have been running the Mayors Association for two years... I think there is a lot of ground that I have gained, I aroused the spirits of many populars who were completely disconnected. This is just the beginning for me,” the former PDP presidential candidate said during a radio interview.

“Anyone, but right now my focus is on this party, on working with Jesus Manuel, to begin, to work on a reorganization,” Hernández Ortíz added, alluding to future plans after the defeat in the internal elections.

Rep. Jesus Manuel Ortíz González was certified Friday as president of the Popular Democratic Party, after narrowly defeating Villalba Mayor Luis Javier Hernández Ortíz.

“We are going to work hard, there is not much celebration, what there is is work, to have that party that represents the future,” Ortíz González said in his acceptance message. The newly appointed PDP president promised to detail his agenda for the community after Mother’s Day.

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