Roldán declared Aguadilla mayor for the 3rd time in 4 months

By John McPhaul

Aguadilla Mayor Julio Roldán Concepción was declared the winner of November’s elections for the third time over the weekend after a protracted battle in the local courts.

Roldán turned out to be the winner after a second vote recount was ordered by the Court of Appeals, in response to a judicial request requested by the former mayor, Yanitzia Irizarry Méndez.

“Today, for the third time in four months, the verdict of the people of Aguadilla was reaffirmed: change has arrived in our city and there is no going back,” Roldán said in a written statement.

“My first words are of gratitude to the Aguadilla electoral team, who defended the votes from the early voting process, on the day of the elections, the scrutiny, the recount and today in the second recount. Without you, nothing would have been possible. Also, thanks to the president of the Popular Democartic Party, José Luis Dalmau, and our Electoral Commissioner, Mr. Gerardo “Toñito” Cruz, for their hard work defending democracy and making all the party’s resources available to us during this harsh process.”

“I reaffirm my commitment to the people of Aguadilla. In the new Aguadilla we face injustice and bad tricks head-on, and without fear. The storm ended and we are now sailing to safe harbor,” Roldán added. “I warn the opponents who lost three times that violating the sacred democratic right of the people and lying under oath are reprehensible acts with serious consequences. I will take the necessary steps so that an injustice like this does not happen again. Now, let’s go where we came from: to build the new Aguadilla!”

The Court of Appeals invalidated the certification Román used to swear in as mayor and ordered a manual recount to issue a new certification.

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