Carmen Yulín Cruz Eyes Run for Governor of PR
San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz (D) announced that she will likely run for Governor of the island in 2020, whether she is backed by her party or not. She says she plans to expand Puerto Rico’s Popular Democratic Party (PDP) into “a movement that is more than just a political party.” Cruz said she is consulting with her family and close confidants to make the decision. “My mom told me the other day, ‘What you decide you will decide with your heart. You’re not going to make a decision because of something else,’” she said. “This country needs hope. And this country needs to feel that it owns its future and that it has the possibility of having someone in a place that represents its dignity. My aspiration was always to be the mayor of San Juan and I like doing it, but sometimes life isn’t what we want but what the moment calls for.” Since Hurricane María struck Puerto Rico more than six months ago, Yulín Cruz has garnered national and global attention for her public critiques of Trump and pro-statehood Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rosselló. If Cruz wins the race for office, she will be the second woman in history to govern the island after Sila Maria Calderon who ruled the commonwealth from 2001 to 2005. More here.