Following 20 days of media silence, Raúl Valerio Medina, who will become mayor of Bigastro this afternoon, has spoken to the local newspaper, Información.
Medina says that becoming mayor will be a challenge which brings "much responsibility and hope for the future". He accepts that to take the post at this time, in these circumstances, will not be easy for him.
Medina's hope is that there will now be a greater level of unity in the Council. He hopes that there will be an end to the obstructive era which was characterised by the personal battles between the previous mayor, José Joaquín Moya and the spokesperson for the PP, Aurelio Murcia.
To this end, Medina would like to see a change in attitude from both the PP and his own party. He intends to make changes that will improve both the image and the management of the Council. Medina has already said that he will continue to be responsible for Property and Urbanism and that he will count on the support of Inmaculada Martínez as his first lieutenant who he says has an incredible ability for work.
At 30 year of age, Raúl Valerio Medina will be one of the youngest mayors in the Vega Baja. He was first elected to be a councillor in 2007 having worked previously for his family's transport company. This afternoon will therefore be a proud moment for him.
Most of the socialist mayors from the Vega Baja will attend the meeting to show their support for him.
Then on Monday Raúl Valerio Medina will chair his first proper council meeting as Alcalde.