When images of San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz wading waist-high in flood waters to help survivors of Hurricane Maria inundated the Internet last August, she, not Gov. Ricardo Rossello, appeared as the leader of post-storm Puerto Rico.
Soon, actions, like Cruz working nearly nonstop on the ground to aid the people, vocally criticizing President Donald Trump and the federal government’s relief efforts and even questioning the United States’ colonial relationship with her island, proved that she was up for the complicated issues ahead.
As the storm’s 155-mph winds lifted homes, infrastructure and trees out of the ground, giving way to a humanitarian crisis, it also revealed the archipelago’s long economic and political troubles. All have intensified in the months that followed. With efforts to privatize power utility and education to the federally appointed Fiscal Oversight Board attempting to, as Rossello said, “implement issues of public policy,” the people are hungry for political change — and Cruz may be open to being that difference.
In an interview with Primera Hora, she was asked if she was interested in running for governor in 2020.
“The answer to that question is yes,” the mayor, 55, said. “…there is an evaluation process that has not closed the doors to a candidacy for governor.
But Cruz, who did not officially announce her candidacy, said she would only run to effect real political change.
“It will be for something different, to transform the country. It won’t be for more of the same. It will be to create alliances, to open up new spaces,” she said.
Watch a video of the mayor discussing her possible run and her issues with the Popular Democratic Party (PPD), of which she is a member, below.