Pierluisi sees an ‘unbeatable’ NPP on display at convention
By The Star Staff
New Progressive Party (NPP) President Pedro Pierluisi Urrutia expressed his satisfaction on Sunday with the results of the pro-statehood party’s convention, which was held at a hotel in Río Grande.
“Very happy. This has been a success from start to finish,” Pierluisi said at the conclusion of the event. “All activities were very clear-cut. A lot, a lot of joy, a lot of enthusiasm, a lot of positivity. Messages from the State Board. Everything is very good, actually, unbeatable.”
The governor noted that “the vast majority of those from the Penepés are very clear.”
“They know that we want to see the progress we have made in these two years and eight months continue and that we achieve our ideal,” Pierluisi said. “They also recognize that reconstruction is taking place. That is for the good of the people of Puerto Rico. When the NPP governs, Puerto Rico progresses, and the work of the NPP is always better than the work of others. The numbers are impressive and I provide them, because they are irrefutable”.
The NPP State Board had a quorum of 96%. During his message, the NPP president said his administration has made great progress in terms of Puerto Rico’s economy and reconstruction.
During the State Board meeting, party vice presidents Sen. Thomas Rivera Schatz and Rep. Carlos “Johnny” Méndez Nuñez were present. In addition, Pierluisi presented a resolution of recognition and thanks to NPP Secretary General Carmelo Ríos Santiago, whose term in that position ends today. The new secretary general of the party will be former Consumer Affairs Secretary Hiram Torres Montalvo.
Meanwhile, NPP Electoral Commissioner Vanessa Santo Domingo, along with Alternate Electoral Commissioner Edwin Mundo Ríos, presented the resolution for the process of the filing of candidacies, according to the island Electoral Code and the party’s regulations, which was approved unanimously.
The nomination process begins Friday, Dec. 1 and runs through Saturday, Dec. 30 at noon. However, internally, the party will open the candidacy filing process, for the evaluation of candidates, from Oct. 2 to Saturday, Dec. 30 at noon.
Former Gov. Ricardo Rosselló Nevares offered a recorded message about the extended delegation that is charged with taking the case for Puerto Rico statehood to the U.S. Congress in Washington, D.C.