If there is something that has characterized the future Secretary General of the Alicante Socialists, Alejandro Soler (Elche, 1972), it is his ability to be reborn when everyone believes him dead. It happened in 2011, when he became the first socialist mayor to lose an election in Elche, which gave rise to a PP government for the first -and only- time. Many considered him finished then, but he revived. It happened later, in 2014, when he was forced to resign as spokesman for the socialist group in the Alicante Provincial Council, after the court opened a quick trial for a complaint of alleged mistreatment against his ex-wife, although he was later acquitted. . It was considered liquidated, but no. And it just happened again. He was the one who in 2016 championed the sanchista cause in the province, which led him to be Pedro Sánchez’s key man in Alicante. However, things began to go wrong in recent months, and, above all, after the fall last July of the once all-powerful Minister of Transport and Secretary of Organization of the PSOE, José Luis Ábalos. To the point that in the federal congress of the PSOE held in October in Valencia, Sánchez punished Soler and left him out of his executive. It was considered written off again, but nothing could be further from the truth. The primaries held last Sunday have just boosted the General Secretariat of the Alicante Socialists, imposing itself, even by the minimum, on the ximista bloc and its candidate, the mayor of Alcoy and still a socialist spokesman in the Provincial Council, Toni Francés.
From a family of socialist tradition, his grandfather, Francisco Soler, became honorary president of the PSPV-PSOE of Elche and had the number one membership card of the Elche socialists. That is why it is not surprising that he started in politics quite young. So much so that in 1995, when he was just over 22 years old, he became a councilor in the Elche City Council, where he led areas such as Culture, Sports, Finance or Citizen Security, until he became mayor in 2007, although he would only last a mandate, thus breaking the 32-year streak of socialist governments in the city. The economic crisis and the credit crisis that the PSOE was going through -in his electoral poster for the municipal elections of 2011 he renounced the acronym of his party, aware that it penalized-, they took their toll, but no less than a management quite questioned in the street, in part, due to occurrences such as the macronoria that he raised in the heart of the historic Palmeral. Everything, in addition, in a mandate in which the so-called case of the invoices broke out, which ended up being filed, but in which he was charged with a possible crime of prevarication and embezzlement of public funds, and in which there was talk, and not a little , of that non-nata motion of censure against his government that he ended up stopping by offering the position of MEP to the alleged defector from his party and then, once the mayor’s act was delivered, leaving her also without a ticket to Brussels.
An error in the minutes that raises the difference to 149 votes
An error when uploading the data to the telematics platform and that would later be reflected in the digital minutes meant that until Monday morning the difference between one candidacy and the other remained at 91 votes. There had been a dance of figures in the scrutiny in La Nucía and in Algorfa. Once the party corrected that mistake, the difference rose to 149 votes. Soler got 2,629 ballots while Toni Francés finally got 2,480. Both groups voted for the ilicitano.
From then on, he did not get along well with being on the bench of the opposition of the Elche City Council, and even less when facing what is perhaps one of his most hated rivals, the then mayor of the PP, Mercedes Alonso. His speeches could be counted on his hands and there are plenty of fingers. That coincided with his stage as spokesman in the Provincial Council, but his ex-wife’s complaint made him retreat to the winter quarters until Pedro Sánchez rescued him from ostracism, by giving him a cause to champion, as opposed, moreover, to the Ximist sectors in the province. Sanchismo, in fact, is what allowed us to return to the political front line, with a position in the federal executive and the position of general director of the Public Business Entity of Land (SEPES), which, later, he would change for that of national deputy, a position he now occupies.
If institutionally, and except for small parentheses, he has been chaining responsibilities, organically he has not lacked positions: local secretary of the Elche socialists between 2000 and 2012, deputy general secretary of the PSPV-PSOE between 2008 and 2012 in the direction of Jorge Alarte; county secretary of Baix Vinalopó between 2012 and 2018; and general secretary of Elche again since 2018, to which he will now add the provincial secretariat that, in practice, could allow him to repeat as a deputy in Congress and, incidentally, have control of the socialists in the Diputación. What’s more, hToday, it is assumed that there will be changes in the provincial institution sooner rather than later.
A master of staging, he knows how to move like no one else when the ground is muddier, he prefers to kill than to take prisoners, and in this campaign he has defended having his own voice against Valencia and Madrid, although there are those who reproach him for as deputy and as president of the parliamentary committee of the PSPV-PSOE little has been done against the worst investment budgets for the province of Alicante.
Six centers with 100% participation with the focus on Dolores
In total, 69 voting centers were established in the province, and only six had 100% participation. Along with Dolores, with 148 militants, a large part of them recently joined, none absent at the time of going to the polls, and all with Soler, are the cases of Agorfa (20 militants), Castalla (9), Relleu (9 ), San Isidro (12) or Los Montesinos (12). Of the large groups, l’Alfàs, with 241 militants, reached 95.8%, with only one vote for Frances.
His closest circle highlights Alejandro Soler’s ability to work, his leadership, his intelligence or his knowledge of the party. From his group, they even underline a certain shyness despite the security he projects, and some colleague even jokes that “it’s hard to get a smile out of him, although sometimes we manage it.” His enemies, on the other hand, assure that he is one of those who plays with the “miseries” of the people and makes him ugly by the practices he uses to take over organic leadership, by putting pressure on the militancy and at the cost of massive affiliations and, as little, quite questionable, which is with which he underpins Cesarist leadership. They cite as an example what happened in recent weeks with the new registrations in Dolores or Elche. Those who are somewhere in between praise the tables he has and how he has moved in the last year to reach the General Secretariat.
Your bedside book? They say the art of war, and it should be. “The one who arrives first on the battlefield awaits the arrival of the enemy fresh to fight. Whoever arrives late to the battlefield has to hurry and arrives exhausted at the battle”, says Sun Tzu. It is difficult to assess whether or not the other candidate arrived late to the battlefield, but Soler announced his aspirations to take over the General Secretariat a little over a year ago. So he came first.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.