It will be the regional executive that decides in a couple of weeks the name of the PP candidate for mayor of Santa Cruz in the 2023 elections, but, for now, the island has already given its blessing to the still Councilor for Urban Planning, Carlos Rate, to top that list. This was confirmed yesterday by the new island president of the Popular Party, Emilio Navarro, at the press conference in which the profound changes assumed by the party that governs with CC in the capital were announced, and which will be applied from March 1 .
The main change is that Tarife becomes the municipal spokesperson for the PP, replacing Guillermo Díaz Guerra, who, although he will continue to be first deputy mayor, not only leaves the spokesperson, but also exchanges areas with his partner, so that Carlos Tarife becomes Councilor for Public Services and Díaz Guerra will be in charge of Urbanism until the end of the mandate. Navarro, when asked by journalists, admitted that the changes are aimed at achieving greater visibility for Tarife with the aim of him being the PP candidate in Santa Cruz, if the regional executive finally supports him. “He has many of the ballots to be the candidate,” he said.
For the president of the PP of Tenerife, the objective of his party “remains the same, which is none other than to improve the city and coexistence with the neighbors”, to which he added that “we are going to adjust the part of the management of Public Services that Carlos Tarife assumes, and the internal management of Urbanism that happens to be in the hands of Guillermo Díaz Guerra, in addition to the spokesperson for the group that Tarife also assumes along with his other responsibilities such as those of the Salud-La Salle district and Sanidad Animal, in addition to Environment”.
For his part, Guillermo Díaz Guerra confirmed an open secret, and that it is none other than that he will not repeat as a candidate, and his intention to return to his job as a Public Health inspector even before the term ends. “We have agreed to this exchange of areas, so that throughout this and next year, Carlos will be able to exploit his management capacity in Public Services, the most powerful area of Santa Cruz, and that will give him more visibility,” said Díaz. War. “My wish,” he added, “is not to continue in municipal life, and in no way is it due to any type of discrepancy.”
For his part, Carlos Tarife defined as “a challenge” the fact of assuming the group’s spokesperson, while thanking Guillermo Díaz Guerra for the trust he placed in him in 2005, “when he gave me the first opportunity in politics, in the Environment area when he was a councilor for Santa Cruz”.
Tarife defended that if the motion of censure that returned CC to the mayor’s office was supported, “it was not to make Bermúdez Mayor, but to prevent the left from continuing to waste the resources of the chicharreros.” To this he added that the objective of the PP is to “unify the center-right vote in Santa Cruz.”