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The candidate

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Jéssica Albiach

A meteoric rise after a chance encounter on the metro

Until she met one of the driving forces behind Podem Barcelona by chance on the metro at the beginning of 2015, Jéssica Albiach observed institutional politics from the other side. A few years ago she had left Valencia - where she had been part of the campaign office of the former socialist vice-president María Teresa Fernández de la Vega - and worked as a journalist in the communications office of Cornellà de Llobregat City Council. For some time now, however, whenever she found a moment, she would watch the videos that Podemos posted on its social networks from cover to cover. Six years later, it is she who stars in them. Especially since she was elected candidate of En Comú Podem for the Catalan elections and the party is trying to project her publicly to attract the half of the voters who still do not know her (according to data from the latest barometer of the Centre d'Estudis d'Opinió). Albiach does not arrive by chance to lead a coalition between En Comú and Podem in Parliament, but the departure of Xavier Domènech projects her as the consensus candidate that Ada Colau's leadership chooses to succeed him at the helm of the Catalan parliament and, de facto, prepares her for the next Catalan elections. Several internal voices within the party present her as a person close to the party, with a capacity for dialogue and the ability to unite a team. This has been the case in the parliamentary group, where she had to put the pieces back together after the departure of Elisenda Alamany and Joan Josep Nuet. Albiach, in fact, is considered the bridge between En Comú and Podem, the "hybrid" profile, as they describe her from within the group, which represents the confluence between the two parties. The En Comú Podem candidate took her first steps in politics in the Eixample flat where the party was beginning to chart its course. A few months later, she ran for the leadership of Podem and led the confluence with the party that was emerging under the leadership of Ada Colau. Albiach, however, lost out to Albano Dante Fachin and went over to the critical sector. This did not make her give up. On the contrary, her political career continued in the hands of En Comú in Catalonia and Podemos at state level. At this point, she still sits on the state Citizens' Council of Podemos and is one of the coordinators of Catalunya en Comú, along with Colau and Candela López. The pro-independence movement has not forgiven her for her rejection of the disconnection laws during the plenary sessions of 6 and 7 September, but Albiach has championed dialogue to resolve the Catalan political conflict, reestablishing relations with ERC as a result of the negotiation of the 2020 budget. Feminist and left-wing, she does not usually leave the script set by the party and, although she says that if she had been told 10 years ago that she would have entered politics she would not have believed it, her career has been meteoric. So much so that the challenge she now faces is enormous: to enter the Generalitat as part of a three-way coalition government.

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Economist, from 2008 to 2017 he was secretary general of Comisiones Obreras union in Catalonia. He was a member of the advisory board of Endesa until 2017, as secretary general of CCOO and workers' representative. He had already been part of En Comú Podem list in 2017, but as the last candidate on the list.

She is a political scientist and has lived in Barcelona since 2006. She is a technical councillor in Ciutat Vella for Barcelona En Comú, where she works alongside councillor Jordi Rabassa.

A graduate in environmental sciences, he is spokesperson for Podem Catalunya. Since 2017 he has been a member of Parliament, where he has been spokesperson for the parliamentary group in the environment committee and in the enterprise and knowledge committee.

With a degree in biology, he is the head of communication for Catalunya en Comú and coordinator of ICV (the party is still in bankruptcy). He has participated in several social movements, such as Plataforma Aturem la Guerra (" Stop the War") and Unitat contra el Racisme i el Feixisme ("Unity against Racism and Facism"), as well as being a member of CCOO.

Journalist. She has been a member of the executive of Barcelona en Comú since its creation and is currently also a member of the executive of Catalunya en Comú. In 2018 she was appointed spokesperson for Catalunya en Comú in Parliament, replacing Elisenda Alamany.

He is a professor of geography at the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB). Since April 2019 he has been a member of Parliament replacing Joan Josep Nuet, where he has been in charge of education issues, among others. He is a member of the executive of Catalunya en Comú.

Lawyer and historic member of EUiA. She is now part of EUCat, the EUiA split that is currently part of IU. She was a project management technician in CCOO for 7 years.

Political scientist. He has been a member of the coordinating committee of Barcelona En Comú and is a member of the party's executive management. He is a spokesperson for Barcelona en Comú and is also a member of the executive of Catalunya en Comú, where he is in charge of mobilisation and territory.

She is a member of Podem Catalunya and a specialist in mental health issues. She is president of ActivaMent Catalunya Associació.