By The Star Staff
Some 1,604 candidates for elective positions from the New Progressive Party (NPP), including two for governor and four for resident commissioner, have attended a workshop on the history of the statehood movement in Puerto Rico as part of the party’s requirements to run for a seat under its banner.
The workshops are offered by at-large Rep. José Aponte Hernández, the NPP’s assistant secretary of ideological affairs and director of the Statehood Mission Institute.
“The guiding principle of our party, what unites us, is the struggle for equal rights that only statehood provides,” Aponte said. “As part of that, the NPP has instituted as a requirement to run under our banner a workshop on the history of statehood in Puerto Rico and the actions that have been taken and will continue to be taken in favor of that ideal. To date, we have offered some 24 statehood workshops throughout the island, impacting 1,604 candidates.”
“There are three additional workshops to go, so I call on applicants who have not yet taken it, as well as those who plan to file, since the registration period began on Dec. 1 and ends on Jan. 2, 2024, to use those dates to take their course,” the veteran lawmaker said. “The last opportunity will be on Dec. 27 at 8:30 a.m. at the facilities of the NPP state committee in Hato Rey.”