SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – The mayor of Puerto Rico’s capital has announced that she is running for governor of the U.S. territory.
Carmen Yulin Cruz is a polarizing figure who became an outspoken critic of U.S. President Donald Trump after Hurricane Maria.
She said Friday that if elected, she plans to hold a constitutional assembly to decide the future of Puerto Rico’s political status. Cruz also said she wants to eliminate a federal control board overseeing the island’s finances and allow government agencies to declare bankruptcy if needed.
Cruz is a member of the Popular Democratic Party, which supports the island’s commonwealth status.
Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rossello of the pro-statehood New Progressive Party has already announced he will seek a second term.
Puerto Rico will hold general elections in November 2020.