I was born on December 25th 1970 in Xàbia. I completed my EGB studies at the Vicente Tena College, where I was fortunate to have great teachers, who taught me respect, companionship and solidarity; all important and necessary values for our development as people.
Later, after high school, my passion for sport led me to train as a Senior Basketball Coach. Through this sport I continued to develop as a person and learned the importance of honesty and effort, as well as the value of team-work.
In 2001 I married Monica, whom I had first met in high school 10 years earlier. She is the person who has accompanied me during all these years; in both good times and not so good.
With regard to my employment experience, many of you will be able to identify with me as being a person who has always struggled to get ahead, to help my family, but frequently, they were the ones who helped me. For over 16 years I worked at different jobs and, at one point, I also suffered the distress of not having a job. So I understand perfectly well all those who are now going through this difficult situation, and I try to help them using my current position. My decision not to take my salary as mayor has enabled this money to be used for social programmes which create employment.
My parents’ bar was the usual social venue of councillors and mayors; and it was there, listening to interesting conversations, reading newspapers and witnessing local political life, that my vocation to work for Xàbia, was born. In 1998 I joined the local PSPV-PSOE political group and was nominated to the candidate list for the 1999 elections.
In 2005 I joined the Town Council as Secretary of the Municipal Socialist Group. That experience helped me to advance to much greater responsibility. In 2007 I became the councillor for Tourism, Economic Development and Internal Affairs, as well as being the spokesman of Xàbia’s PSPV-PSOE.
In September 2010 I received the unanimous support of the local executive committee to head up the candidate list for the May 2011 municipal elections. We presented an effective list of experienced candidates and accompanied it with a realistic and achievable programme under the slogan “Ready for change”. We won the election achieving 800 more votes compared to the 2007 election and as a result obtained 6 council seats.
Since June 11th 2011, I have been Mayor of Xàbia. I’m very proud of this, and I am grateful for the opportunity that the citizens of my town gave to me. I am indebted to you all. So every day I go to the Mayor’s office filled with enthusiasm, eager to solve the problems facing us, and with the everyday objective of helping the people of my town to live better.
Being Mayor also meant taking office as a member of the Alicante Provincial Government, an institution from which I work for the benefit of Xàbia and the entire Marina Alta.