Interview with Francisco José Farrona Navas, mayor of La Zarza

Passionate about politics, he became mayor of La Zarza at the age of 29, after previously serving as a councilor in the opposition for four years. Since then he has been reaping absolute majorities until achieving the fourth in the last elections. He studied Teaching in Early Childhood Education, is married and is the father of two children.

– First of all, what assessment do you make of the latest electoral results at the municipal level?

Very positive. After twelve years as mayor, the fact that the number of people who have trusted us has increased gives us much more strength to continue working for La Zarza.

– With the newly promised position, what is your first message to the people of La Zarza?

Well, I would like to convey a very sincere and simple message to the neighbors, that we are going to work with the same enthusiasm as the first day so that La Zarza continues to advance.

– What is your work philosophy at the City Council?

Listen and empathize. Create a pleasant atmosphere for neighbors and try to see through their eyes to understand their problems.

– Tell us what you think La Zarza is like

I always say that La Zarza is not a big town, but yes, a great town, where the true wealth lies in its people.

-And as for the character of your neighbors?

Simple, enterprising and hard-working people, people who love their people and get involved in any activity or initiative.

– How would you like it to be in the future?

Prosperous, but above all, respect, education and care for our planet were highly valued. The best inheritance we can leave our children is a planet to live on, which is why it is essential to respect and care for our environment in the closest environment.

What projects does the municipality have in the short or medium term?

As the most important works, I would highlight the completion of the future Town Hall, which will offer better services to our neighbors, in addition to the possibility of enjoying a new public space, such as the Plaza; the conclusion of the works on the new School, which will make it possible for us to give other uses to the old school buildings as well as the renovation of the lighting and the paving of the central area of ​​the town.

On the other hand, we are going to create a participatory working group for the reorganization of traffic, hoping that it will be completed by the end of this year.

– Regarding your government team, what do you transmit to them to face the daily service to citizens?

Let them put themselves in the shoes of any neighbor, listen to them and treat them as they would like to be treated. Something as simple as this. It is essential to work with honesty and transparency to improve people’s lives.

-How would you like your neighbors to see you?

As just another neighbor, I try that every day. The day I stop being Mayor, I want them to continue seeing me as the same person who came in.

-And with respect to children, young people and adults, what does the City Council offer them?

Throughout these years, we have launched numerous initiatives for different age groups. The activities for children and adults are working, but not so much for young people, despite having launched initiatives proposed by themselves. But we are going to continue insisting. We are designing a new space to offer young people both training and information, as well as activities that occupy their leisure in a healthy way.

– Finally, if you had to choose one achievement from these 12 years of municipal government, which one would you choose?

There are many, but the achievement achieved by an entire town has been the definitive construction of the new school.

Leaving aside the political arena and moving to the personal arena, how would you define yourself?

Well, like a normal and simple person, like that.

What do you do when you get up every morning?

Look at the phone and have coffee in the same bar as always.

What do you do with your free time? What hobbies do you have?

I have to say that I have little free time. I try to be with my family as much as I can and I take the opportunity to watch movies, series and sports.

What is your most precious treasure?

My family and friendship.

Where would you go to disconnect and recharge your batteries?

I would love to visit the Nordic countries.

What do you value most in a person?

Tell me the truth, even if it hurts. As they say, I like people who come forward.

Do you regret anything in life?

No. When I ever understand that I was wrong, I have apologized.

Who would you go to have a good wine with?

With my grandfather Eulogio, if he lived.

What did you want to be when you grew up?


What are the priorities in your life?

Raise my children to be good people.

Its main virtue?

He listens to her.

And its biggest flaw?

It’s hard for me to say no.

Your greatest dare in life?

Becoming independent very young.

Who do you admire?

And Obama.

Are you afraid of something?

I confess that to horror movies.

A memory from your childhood?

I could cite many. I’ll stick with the games in the ‘cabilas’, in the basket at the school upstairs, the card games in the ‘pescaores’ corner, the time with my family sitting at the door during summer nights, the novel with my grandmother…

– What corner or place in the town has a special meaning?

My favorite place in town has always been the Puerta del Perdón, in the church of San Martín. It always brings back beautiful memories of my childhood.

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