The mayor of Gijón, Ana González, resigns from being a candidate in the next municipal elections of 2023. She does so after having lost her pulse with the local leadership, which sponsored a process of collecting signatures to force a primary process. In the PSOE, the governors are automatically candidates unless they decide to take a step back or expressly request an election process of half plus one of the militants of the corresponding region or locality. That is what has happened in Gijón, where 662 members requested the holding of primaries in order to remove the councilor, whose management, especially the expansion of the pedestrian part of the promenade, has been questioned.
The collection of signatures was announced in August and has been promoted by militant veterans of the Gijón group against the criteria of the leadership of the Asturian Socialist Federation (FSA) led by the President of the Principality, Adrián Barbón, who described “barullu” what was happening in the city. The organization gave until September 15 for the process of collecting rubrics. This Thursday, 662 signatures were presented that were validated by the management. They were 70 more than necessary, so the current mayor had no chance of winning the vote.
Asturias has accepted the first term of the primary process stipulated by Ferraz for the election of the heads of the list of municipalities with more than 20,000 inhabitants. The calendar stipulates that the applicants will have to step forward between September 19 and 20. After the process of collecting endorsements and presenting the candidacies, if there is more than one candidate, the vote will be held on October 9 and, if a second round is necessary because no candidate reaches 50% of the votes, the It will be October 16.
The battle in Gijón dates back to a few months ago when he took over the reins of the Monchu García group, the opponent of the candidate who had supported the mayor, Iván Fernández Ardura. The councilor’s clash with the local leadership has continued throughout these months and during the summer the local leadership has defended the process with which they intended to depose González against the criteria of the FSA and Ferraz leadership. Finally, the leadership of the group has been imposed, which has obtained the necessary support from the militancy, to force a primaries to which the mayor will not present accepting defeat.
González has appeared this afternoon at the town hall to announce his resignation. “I have lost and the executive has won”, she said surrounded by the councilors who have remained faithful to her during the struggle in which the councilor, who assures that she will return to her job as a teacher when she leaves the City Council next year, had assured that he would fight to be the head of the Socialists in Gijón again.
“To know how to win, you have to know how to lose. I missed. Period”, González has sentenced, who has recognized herself “disappointed” by what happened: “I have lost more than once in my life and I am sure I will lose again. That doesn’t mean I’m happy.”