Democratic Party of Puerto Rico
ChairpersonCharlie Rodríguez[1]
HeadquartersSan Juan, Puerto Rico
IdeologyModern liberalism[2][3]
Social liberalism[4]

Puerto Rico statehood
National affiliationDemocratic Party
Colors  Blue

The Democratic Party of Puerto Rico (Spanish: Partido Demócrata de Puerto Rico)[1] is the local affiliate of the U.S. National Democratic Party in the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. Party membership consists of supporters of both the current Commonwealth status and those who favor statehood for Puerto Rico.


The party's local chairman is Charlie Rodríguez, its vice chair is Johanne-Velez Garcia.[5] Former Ponce mayor "Mayita" Meléndez and attorney Luis Davila-Pernes are Puerto Rico's Democratic National Committeemembers.


Participation in Puerto Rico's delegate selection process is open those who wish to participate as Democrats and participants may not take part in any other party's Presidential Nominating process. Individuals who wish to participate in the Senate District Caucuses must register with the State Party's local committee.[6]


Fifty-one of 58 delegates to the Democratic National Convention are pledged to presidential contenders based on the results of the islands-wide presidential preference primary, held on the last Sunday in March of every leap year. A mandatory 15 percent threshold is required in order for a presidential contender to be pledged National Convention delegates at either the senatorial district or islandwide level.[6]

Forty district delegates are proportionally pledged to presidential contenders by local Puerto Rico Senatorial districts. As of 1 July 2019 the proportions were as follows:[6]

In addition, at-large and Pledged Party Leaders and Elected Officials (PLEOs) delegates are pledged to presidential contenders based on the presidential preferences of the 33 district level delegates as pledged by the Senate District primary results. Hence, the National Convention District delegates are pledged from the preferences expressed at the primary while the National Convention statewide delegates are pledged using the preferences of the National Convention District delegates.[6]

Youth activities

The Young Democrats of America (YDA), Puerto Rico Chapter, is the official youth branch of the Puerto Rico Democratic Party.

Previous presidents include Francisco Domenech who was also Democratic National Committeeman for the Young Democrats of America, the first Puerto Rican elected to this position, Phillip Arroyo who along with Francisco Domenech helped create and chair the Hispanic Caucus of YDA and Ricardo Alfaro.

See also


  1. ^ a b Partido Demócrata anuncia aprobación plan de selección de delegados. WIPR. San Juan, Puerto Rico. 2 May 2019. Accessed 9 November 2019.
  2. ^ Arnold, N. Scott (2009). Imposing values: an essay on liberalism and regulation. Florence: Oxford University Press. p. 3. ISBN 978-0-495-50112-1. Modern liberalism occupies the left-of-center in the traditional political spectrum and is represented by the Democratic Party in the United States.
  3. ^ "President Obama, the Democratic Party, and Socialism: A Political Science Perspective". The Huffington Post. June 29, 2012. Retrieved January 9, 2015.
  4. ^ Paul Starr. "Center-Left Liberalism". Princeton University. Archived from the original on March 3, 2015. Retrieved June 9, 2014.
  5. ^ "Our Democrats". PR Dems. Retrieved September 28, 2019.
  6. ^ a b c d The Green Papers: 2012 Presidential Primaries, Caucuses, and Conventions. Richard E. Berg-Andersson. Retrieved 21 March 2012.