Jefferson Pérez: ‘We always aim for the highest goal …’
Today marks 26 years since Ecuador won its first and so far only Olympic gold medal. That achievement was from Jefferson Perez, who says he had prepared in the academic and business to assume a new challenge: political activity, with a movement called Renace. But he still does not confirm if his name will go on the ballot
What is your political aspiration for 2019?
I am a member of the Renace citizen movement that emerged a year ago due to the concern of the situation of the city, the province and even the country. We said why we did not start, we are professionals, we have workers, transporters, teachers. It has been working on a program that must be fed with small things that can serve the citizen …
Will you be a candidate?
One of the things we understood in life is not obsessing about something. We must go from those people who were accustomed to put their hands to put the shoulder. If the occasion arises and the movement says ‘Jefferson, we believe that you have to lead’, go ahead.
Why not command the Mayor’s Office?
Why not command the Presidency of the Republic? The sectionals are closer, but when we prepare, and it is a philosophy of life, we always aim for the highest objective. Serving my city will be an honor, but I have served it for fifteen years in business areas. I served her twenty years to represent her. I’m not afraid to accept a challenge of that level …
What do you think of people who do not share the idea that an athlete is a politician?
When some people manifest lack of preparation I see citizens who did not finish school and are inspiring people. When I see a president of the Assembly who finished her third level studies while in office, I say ‘wow!’. I think it’s irresponsible to have studied fourth level or doctorates and not accept those challenges.
What if Renace proposes to accept that challenge?
Of course, if Renace believes that we can lead, surely we will be happy with life. But it’s not just a matter of having proposals. We are reviewing the financial situation of institutions with specialists. (I)