Joaquín Herráiz- aka Kini- and Diego Conesa are Cartagena candidates while Salvador Sánchez and Luis Doménech stand for San Javier seat.
Things don’t happen by themselves. Changes do not occur just like that”. With these phrases Kini begins to explain the motives which have taken him and three other individuals to lead what they class as a movement of citizens concerned for the future of this area. “Worried about the medium and long term future of how La Manga, Cabo de Palos and Los Belones will be in ten or fifteen years time when our children have to look for work and begin to think about starting their own families”, he highlights.
Kini, full name Joaquín Herráiz, and Diego Conesa will represent the Dos Mares Independent Party (PIDM) in Cartagena for the forthcoming municipal election. Party colleagues Salvador Sánchez and Luis Doménec will be standing for the San Javier seat. The goal is not an easy one. “We have to get 600 votes in San Javier and around 4500 in Cartagena”, they explained.
This concern over the future has pushed them to venture out and stand for election. Among their objectives are to obtain services, “Which in turn create wealth in this area”. Proposals include details such as, “The inconceivable lack of public transport linking us to both San Javier and Alicante airports considering it has been years since we are living off tourism”, to larger plans including the creation of specialist schools covering nautical, catering and linguistic subjects. “But the first thing is that it is able to create proper professionals, professionals capable of creating local businesses or develop themselves by aiming high in any of the area’s hotels and adopting an apprenticeship scheme with local talent instead of having to obtain people from Murcia”, they tell us.
There is however another objective the PIDM has in mind: the municipal independence of the territory. For this, and depending on the election result, they have stated that a management forum will be formed to which people of all ideologies and environments will be asked to attend, “With the aim of creating a legal stratagem to define the economic viability which points to the council itself”, they explain. This forum, “Will not have anything to do with the Dos Mares Independent Party and the party’s job is to gather votes and find people who want to get involved as without the latter none of this will work”, they add. The PIDM summons its supporters to gather for an open information day which will take place next april 28th.
Who will vote for them?
Upon asked what happens if they fail to obtain a seat, the party have guaranteed they will keep working for the following 2015 elections, “Unless they pelt us with eggs and tomatoes in which case we’ll have to call it a day”, they retort.
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