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17 MPs

The candidate



Salvador Illa

Lat minute game-changer for the PSC

Salvador Illa (La Roca del Vallès, 1966) always gets up early and, methodical as he is, does not go to sleep if he has not completed his list of daily tasks, written by hand, which he carries in his pocket every day. Meetings, pending calls, and interviews are being scribbled out until late at night. Since mid-November, however, he decided to leave his great work as Minister of Health, ending the covid-19 pandemic, half-baked, or at least in other hands. "I am prepared to preside over Catalonia", he argued after being proclaimed PSC candidate on February 14, replacing Miquel Iceta. The leader of the PSC, to which he has always been faithful, has - in five years - been promoted as secretary of organization, main negotiator for the Socialists, member of the Spanish government and, finally, head of the list to try to recover the Generalitat. Turned overnight into the rival that must be beaten in the 14-F campaign - and one of the best positioned to win, according to surveys -, the bearer of the so-called Illa effect stands out above all for his background in management, the main asset socialists will sell during the campaign. His career began in 1987 as a councillor for the town of Roca del Vallès at the hands of the then mayor Romà Planas - former advisor to President Tarradellas - and, when he died, as mayor of the municipality for ten years, until 2005. With a degree in philosophy and a master's degree in economics and business management, in 2010 he made the leap to the Barcelona City Council, where he assumed the economic area during Jordi Hereu's mandate, coordinated the socialist group and served as chief of staff for Jaume Collboni, the last position he took before becoming the frontman of the PSC organization (2016). Discreet and respectful, but forceful when in dialogue with other parties, he stood out over time as a negotiator, the negotiation between the Barcelona Provincial Council and JxCat being especially relevant. But it was the direction of the campaigns that made the PSC grow at the polls and his role in facilitating ERC's abstention from the inauguration of Pedro Sánchez that opened the doors to the Moncloa. Behind the Health portfolio stands his management of the dialogue with Catalonia, but the pandemic changed everything. Having become a minister, his calm but confident style has allowed him to project his image despite the dramatic numbers of infections and deaths in the State. Hence, Iceta and Sánchez anointed him as the trigger to try to win in Catalunya. His Christian faith (and his name) fits in with the messianic outlook of the socialist campaign, which points to him as the solution to return to the pre-independence bid Catalonia. Additionally, he comes in strong regarding one of the weak spots on which Iceta faltered in the struggle with Ciudadanos and the comuns: he is uncomplicatedly anti-independentist.

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Deputy First Secretary of the PSC and Member of Parliament since 2010, where she is now a spokesperson. She has been a member of the PSC since 1999 and between 2002 and 2010 she was a member of the national secretariat of the UGT.

Former Secretary General of Unió and CiU, now leads Units per Avançar. He has been Minister of the Environment and Home Affairs in the Generalitat and Deputy Mayor of Vic and Sant Quirze de Besora.

Feminist writer and activist. In 2015 she appeared as number two on the Catalunya Sí que es Pot list and was elected MP.

First secretary of the PSC in Barcelona, ​​deputy spokesman for the party in Parliament and secretary for social movements and memory of the socialists.

Secretary of universities and research of the PSC. She has been an MP since 2012 and a former deputy mayor of Mataró. She is the economic spokesperson for the Socialists in the Catalan chamber.

Former deputy mayor of Hospitalet de Llobregat and MP since 1999. Second secretary of the Parliamentary table since 2015.

Former organizational secretary of the PSC, she is now the party's health and safety secretary. She has been a councillor and deputy mayor of Barcelona and a deputy since 2015.

Deputy mayor in Sabadell and former first secretary of the Socialist Youth of Catalonia, he has been an MP since 2015.

Secretary of Education of the PSC and MP since 2017. She has also been a national spokesperson for the party.