Josons skip Nueva Ecija guv race, will field ally instead
No, the powerful Joson clan in Nueva Ecija will not join the gubernatorial race in the 2016 elections.
Former governor Tomas Joson III announced they have decided instead to support former 4th District Rep. Rodolfo Antonino’s candidacy for governor.
Joson chairs the clan’s Bagong Lakas ng Nueva Ecija party.
This is the first time in 56 years that the Josons are not joining the gubernatorial elections.
According to the former governor, they want to give chance to others.
He added the family has just one goal- end the decades-long rule of the Umali family in the province.
Antonino is up against 3rd District Rep. Czarina Umali, wife of Gov. Aurelio Umali, who is in his last term.
Still, five Josons are joining the upcoming elections, namely former 1st District Rep. Josie Manuel-Joson, former vice governor Edward Thomas Joson and re-electionists board member Eduardo Rey Joson, Quezon Mayor Dean Joson and Cabanatuan City Councilor EJ Joson.
In the 2013 elections, the Umalis won majority of the seats in the provincial government, effectively stopping the Josons’ 56-year political rule in the province.
The Umalis won the race for the gubernatorial and the congressional posts with Gov. Umali and his wife, Czarina, getting fresh mandates.
Umali beat 1st District Rep. Josie Manuel-Joson.
Manuel-Joson’s husband, then Quezon mayor Maria Cristino Joson, also lost to board member Estrellita Suansing in the 1st District congressional race.
Former vice governor Eduardo Joson IV also lost by a landslide in the vice gubernatorial contest to Umali’s running mate Jose Gay Padiernos.
Two Josons – board member Eduardo Rey and Dean – won in their bid for re-election and mayorship of Quezon, respectively.
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