Proyecto Dignidad (lit.'Project Dignity', PD) is a Puerto Rican political party founded in 2019.[5] In the 2020 general election it ran on a Christian democratic[1] and anti-corruption[2] platform.

Project Dignity
Proyecto Dignidad
PresidentJavier Jiménez
FoundedMarch 24, 2019; 5 years ago (2019-03-24)
HeadquartersSan Juan, Puerto Rico
IdeologyChristian democracy[1]
Christian right[3][4]
Political positionCentre-right to right-wing
Colors  Cyan
Seats in the Senate
1 / 27
Seats in the House of Representatives
1 / 51
1 / 78
Seats in the U.S. House
0 / 1
Election symbol

History edit

Project Dignity was first announced on March 24, 2019. On January 22, 2020, the party was officially certified as the 5th political party running in the 2020 general election. Afterwards in May, César Vázquez Muñiz, cardiologist; and Ada Norah Henriquez, attorney at law, were nominated for Governor and Resident Commissioner respectively.[5]

2020 edit

On November 3, 2020, the party contested its first election. For the campaign, the party did not run candidates for every office. They opted to run for the governorship and resident commissary, as well as 1 candidate at-large for both legislative chambers.[6] They also ran candidates in some representative and senatorial districts. Similarly, they only had a candidate in the mayoral race for San Juan, although they had previously certified Edgardo Cruz Vélez as candidate for Guánica, who did not win the race as an independent candidate after a vote recount.[7] While their candidates for Governor and Resident Commissioner came 5th and 4th respectively, they won 1 at-large seat in both the House of Representatives and Senate.

Ideology edit

Project Dignity intends to lead the process of defining the political status of Puerto Rico but does not endorse a specific territorial option.[8]

The party advocates for declaring pornography a public health issue and imposing restrictions on abortion permitted within the legal framework of Roe v. Wade.[9] After Roe v. Wade was overturned in 2022 by the Supreme Court, the party presented a bill that would limit access to abortions to those pregnant for less than about six weeks.[4]

In the 2021 session, representative Lissie Burgos of the party attempted to introduce a bill to ban the use of hormone therapy on minors but it was defeated in committee.[10] Additionally, the party also brought in House Bill 764 for review that would restrict athletes to participate in sports teams of their birth assigned gender.[11]

The parties candidate for mayor of San Juan in 2020, Nelson Rosario Rodríguez, ran on a self-described social market economy model, seeking to facilitate market activity while allowing for regulation in cases of negative external effects and to promote his policy agenda San Juan Somos su gente.[12]

Electoral history edit

Gubernatorial elections edit

Election year PD Candidate Votes Vote % +/- Outcome of election
2020 César Vázquez Muñiz 85,211
6.90 / 100
  6.90% Lost

Resident Commissioner elections edit

Election year PD Candidate Votes Vote % +/- Outcome of election
2020 Ada Norah Henriquez 94,059
7.84 / 100
  7.84% Lost

Legislative elections edit

Party leaders edit

César Vázquez Muñiz, founder of PD, president of the party and candidate for governor in 2020.

Ada Norah Henriquez, candidate for resident commissioner in 2020.

Joanne Rodríguez Veve, Senator for PD since 2021.

Lisie Janet Burgos Muñiz, representative for PD since 2021.

Javier Jiménez (mayor), Mayor of San Sebastian, PR since 2005, PD member since 2023.

See also edit

References edit

  1. ^ a b "Declaración de Principios". Proyecto Dignidad (in Spanish). Retrieved 2020-09-29.
  2. ^ a b "Implementar un Gobierno de Integridad, Confiabilidad y Honestidad". Proyecto Dignidad (in Spanish). Retrieved 2020-09-29.
  3. ^ "Puerto Rico Should Pay Attention to French Elections (OPINION)". Latino Rebels. 19 April 2022.
  4. ^ a b Mazzei, Patricia (17 September 2022). "Abortion realigning Puerto Rico politics, helping conservatives". Santa Fe New Mexican. Santa Fe. Retrieved 22 September 2022.
  5. ^ a b "Historia". Proyecto Dignidad (in Spanish). Retrieved 2020-09-29.
  6. ^ "Legisladores por Acumulación". Proyecto Dignidad (in Spanish). Retrieved 2020-11-10.
  7. ^ "De la milicia a la batalla por Guánica". Primera Hora. 8 November 2020. Retrieved 2020-11-10.
  8. ^ "Plataforma 29: El Estatus de Puerto Rico". Proyecto Dignidad (in Spanish). Retrieved 2021-06-05.
  9. ^ "Protección de la Dignidad e Integridad de la Vida y el Fortalecimiento de la Familia". Proyecto Dignidad (in Spanish). Retrieved 2021-06-05.
  10. ^ "Derrotan en comisión el proyecto que prohibía los tratamientos hormonales a menores" [Bill to prohibit hormone therapy on minors defeated in commission]. El Nuevo Día (in Spanish). 2021-06-08. Retrieved 2021-06-08.
  11. ^ Reichard, Raquel (4 June 2021). "The Lives Of LGBTQ+ Youth In Puerto Rico Are In Danger — More Than Ever". Refinery29. Retrieved 22 November 2022.
  12. ^ "Proyecto Dignidad presenta su plataforma económica para San Juan". (in Spanish). 16 September 2020. Retrieved 17 November 2022.