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Jiménez Pérez becomes president of Dignity Project

San Sebastián Mayor Javier Jiménez Pérez is the new president of the Dignity Project in addition to being the conservative party’s candidate for governor.

By The Star Staff

San Sebastián Mayor Javier Jiménez Pérez became the president of the Dignity Project (Proyecto Dignidad) on Saturday during its first general meeting held at the Costa Bahía Hotel Convention Center in Guayanilla.

“Today is definitely a historic day for Puerto Rico. Hope will finally shine for Puerto Rico,” Jiménez, the party’s gubernatorial candidate, said in a written statement. “I am more than happy to preside over Proyecto Dignidad in this electoral process. We know it will be a close contest, but that is what we are preparing for. We are making giant steps with the party’s solidification, structuring, and organization. They are beautiful and committed people, eager to see real change and healthy governance. They know that’s why I’m here. Not only do I agree with each of its foundations and principles, but I have demonstrated through my municipal administration of 19 years of history that governing Puerto Rico with honesty and clear convictions can be truly achieved when the will is there.”

Proyecto Dignidad Vice President Juan Manuel Frontera Suau, meanwhile, rejected the idea that party regulations were amended to favor Jiménez Pérez.

“I wish to clarify to the people of Puerto Rico that at no time did the governing council, that is, any of its 15 members, amend or make any changes to the General Regulations established by our party,” Frontera Suau said. “It specifies that it can only be amended through an ordinary or extraordinary assembly with a quorum of its bonafide members.”

“Nowhere in our General Regulations or the Candidacy Regulations is there any requirement imposed regarding being a bona fide member for a predetermined period for any candidacy, including the governorship,” he added.

In addition to making Jiménez Pérez’s presidency official, Frontera Suau announced the closing of the filing of candidacies. The party has 420 certified candidates for political positions, including 45 mayors and their city assembly members, 15 senators, 30 district representatives, and two at-large lawmakers.

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