Wanda Vázquez

Wanda Vázquez becomes Puerto Rico's second legitimate governor in one political term. >Josian E. Bruno Gómez

When she succeeded Gov. Ricardo Rosselló on July 2019, Wanda Vázquez said she was not a politician and would not run for governor in 2020.

Today, she announced she will run for in a primary against Pedro Pierluisi, who briefly occupied the governorship before her until the Puerto Rico Supreme Court weighed in.

Both are members of the pro-statehood New Progressive Party, but Vázquez said few months ago to the press statehood is not her priority.

"In these four months we have achieved stability in the agencies and better communication with the Federal Fiscal Control Board, the legislative branches and the mayors," she said in an eight minutes You Tube message.

Vázquez is the former Secretary of the Department of Justice and former director of Women’s Advocate Office (Procuraduría de la Mujer).

After her announcement, Pierluisi said his “aspiration comes from a claim from our people that wants a candidate with experience, capacity and commitment.”

“I am fully confident that the people will support my candidacy,” said Pierluisi via Facebook.

Managing Editor for The Weekly Journal. She has 14 years of experience as a print and radio reporter, news editor and TV anchor. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Communications and Journalism from the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras Campus.

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