Poised on a Municipal MBA
Editor’s note: The following excerpt is from a report that was first published in the Oct. 22-28 issue of Caribbean Business.
With two decades of experience as mayor of the northwest town of Isabela backing his intention to help pull Puerto Rico out of its economic stagnation, Popular Democratic Party (PDP) gubernatorial candidate Carlos “Charlie” Delgado Altieri believes he is the best option to take on the challenge of governing the island.
In his interview with Caribbean Business, Delgado assured that the knowledge he has gained in managing the coastal town of some 40,000 people and plenty of tourist activity has gotten him in shape, giving him a grounded perspective over the five other candidates, to become Puerto Rico’s 12th elected governor.
With regard to the island’s Financial Oversight and Management Board (FOMB), the mayor envisions the federally created panel working alongside him on the island’s economic development.
“Having worked with administrative issues, having prepared budgets, estimating those budgets, being tasked with administrative and operational affairs, obviously gives me 20 years’ experience,” Delgado pointed out. “In addition, interacting with the central government, where exchanges with the different government agencies and public corporations take place, has helped me understand the dynamics of the government’s framework. And that is very different from the experiences that the other candidates have, who don’t have the experience of preparing a budget, of overseeing and making administrative and operational decisions. None of the candidates have had this [kind] of administrative experience, except for me. “
The PDP gubernatorial candidate also spoke about offering certain services at a regional and municipal level; convincing federal Congress to allow Puerto Rico “to insert itself into the world’s economic currents,” while vowing to cancel the contract with Luma Energy if he’s elected governor, among other topics.