Jordi Graupera to run for Barcelona mayor after landslide win in pro-independence primaries
Local election heats up as philosopher and political commentator confirmed as new candidate
Philosopher Jordi Graupera will run for Barcelona mayor after winning the primaries backed by the Catalan National Assembly (ANC), aimed at bringing together pro-independence supporters to choose a candidate for the upcoming local election.
Landing the candidacy with an overwhelming majority of 7,715 votes out of 10,000, and running against 53 others, Graupera was the favorite from the start.
"Today, we’re approaching politics in a new way, and we did it together" said Graupera. Stressing that no primaries in the city’s history had ever had such a huge participation turnout, he said that "we’ve shown that if you put out ballot boxes, people will show up."
"We’ve shown that if you put out ballot boxes, people will show up"
Jordi Graupera · Philosopher
Graupera and the ANC hoped to bring all pro-independence supporters together. Yet, no official candidates from major pro-independence parties, such as Esquerra, Junts per Catalunya (JxCat) or CUP, took part in the primaries.
A former professor at New York University, Graupera recently left the United States for Catalonia in order to run for Barcelona mayor. While residing in Princeton, New Jersey, he often appeared in Catalan media as a political commentator.
The race to dethrone Ada Colau as Barcelona mayor in May next year is set to be extremely competitive, with candidates such as Catalonia’s former foreign minister Ernest Maragall and France’s former prime minister Manuel Valls already immersed in their campaigns.