Patricia Hernández will be the PSOE candidate for Mayor of Santa Cruz de Tenerife in the municipal elections of May 2023. The former mayor of the capital was the only one to present her candidacy after the end of the open term on September 15 in the primary process . Hernández will thus become the first person from the formation of the rose to repeat the candidacy since the municipal elections of 1979, in addition to being the first of his political rivals to be confirmed as a candidate for Mayor of the capital of Tenerife.
At the moment, the rest of the political formations with representation in the Santa Cruz City Council (CC, PP, UP and Cs) have not officially announced, or started any process, to confirm their candidates. It is foreseeable that the current mayor, José Manuel Bermúdez, will repeat as a CC candidate, although his party still neither confirms nor denies this point, pending the appointment of candidates also for the Cabildo and the Government of the Canary Islands.
In the PP, Carlos Tarife, although he has received the support of his insular president, Emilio Navarro, the truth is that he still does not have the official confirmation of the party section as a candidate in Santa Cruz.
In the case of United We Can, if the coalition is repeated as it was presented in the last elections (Izquierda Unida, Equo and Podemos), Ramón Trujillo continues to be the most likely candidate to head the list.
On the part of Cs, there is the question of whether Matilde Zambudio, its current spokesperson, will present herself to the Mayor’s Office under the acronym of Cs, or of another party, as it seems to be in the plans of her partner in the Cabildo de Tenerife, Enrique Arriaga, with the commissioning of a new platform called Tenerife underway.
Repeat at City Hall
In any case, the socialist Patricia Hernández will complete the process established by her party, with the collection of guarantees required to be a candidate with all of the law, a term that closes on the next day 27. Once the guarantees have been processed, the day 29, Patricia Hernández will be officially proclaimed a candidate and will begin the elaboration of a new city project “that recovers the feeling of pride and belonging to Santa Cruz”, point from the PSOE.
From the socialist formation it is added that “the municipal leader seeks the transformation of the capital of Tenerife into a dynamic and accessible city in which the chicharreros and chicharreras see their quality of life improved.” In statements to DIARIO DE AVISOS, the former mayor pointed out that “once all the guarantees have been collected, and the Guarantees Commission verifies that all the requirements are met, we will begin to shape a city project that is urgent for a capital that is paralyzed, with an exhausted mayor, who is exhausted not only because we say so, but because he says so himself with his gestures and inaction, and even his way of speaking.”
Hernández was clear that she would repeat as a candidate. “In my personal conviction I was convinced that I was going to be the candidate, and I was certain that I had the support of the militants who have accompanied me and pushed me in these months and years, as it has been.”
“I have no doubt that we are going to build a larger project in a party that is not focused on itself, but on citizens, on proposals, on listening, and I think that is a guarantee of success, that we do not talk about ourselves, but of the people and their problems, and of the solution to those problems,” said Hernández.
The former mayor and also a regional deputy concludes by noting that “I had no concerns in this process, because we have been working on this challenge of recovering the Mayor’s Office for the residents from the very moment the motion of censure took place, in crystallizing those desires for change. We have not stopped, it is not something that starts now, we have been working for a long time”.