Juan Antonio Lorenzo Cazorla has been proclaimed the new Secretary General of the PSOE of Almería, after winning the first round of the primaries for the provincial General Secretariat, with 51% of the votes. The other two candidates, Indalecio Gutiérrez Salinas and Sonia Ferrer Tesoro, obtained 41.5% and 7.5% of the votes respectively.
In his first statements as Secretary General after the results of the vote were made public, Lorenzo Cazorla thanked the provincial PSOE militants for having given “a lesson in respect and democracy” and said that he would immediately start to set up a working team that will culminate in the Provincial Congress that the PSOE will hold in Roquetas on 11 December and that “the following day will already be working with a clear objective, which is none other than to regain electoral space in our province, because Almería needs the PSOE”. Another objective will also be to work so that Juan Espadas “recovers the government of the Junta de Andalucía, something that the Andalusians need so much”.
Juan Antonio Lorenzo thanked his socialist colleagues who have accompanied him in the campaign, defending municipalism and union. “I could not do it alone, we have all done it,” he said. As for his opponents in the primaries, he assured them that he would be generous because “the party, the militants, the people of this province want, deserve and demand a united PSOE”. “We cannot digress in internal issues when the objective is the welfare of our fellow citizens,” he said.
The new secretary general of the provincial PSOE also had words of thanks for the outgoing secretary general, José Luis Sánchez Teruel, who “got out of the way thinking that the party could unite if he was on one side”. At this point, he turned to Gutiérrez Salinas and Ferrer Tesoro to invite them to pick up his baton together “and really be able to go places together, to unite, to work, to get the best out of our teams and to achieve a powerful, strong, united team that far outperforms the right in the province”.