Carlos Méndez Martínez

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Carlos Méndez Martínez
Mayor of Aguadilla
Assumed office
January 2, 1997
Preceded by Agnes Bermúdez Acevedo
Personal details
Born Aguadilla, Puerto Rico
Political party New Progressive Party (PNP)
Occupation Politician

Carlos Méndez Martínez is a Puerto Rican politician and current mayor of Aguadilla.

Méndez was born in Aguadilla to Pablo Méndez and Rosita Martínez. He graduated from José de Diego High School. When he was 17, he joined the United States Army, becoming a veteran at the age of 19. He studied Gemologist Science and Jewelry Design, opening his own jewelry business. He then started a real estate business.

In 1995, he returned to Puerto Rico, and ran for mayor of Aguadilla at the 1996 general elections. He has been reelected in 2000, 2004 and 2008. In the 2008 elections, he received almost 70% of the votes. His margin of victory was one of the largest among elected mayors in that election.[1]

Méndez is among the highest paid mayors in the island, with a salary of $127,000 a year.[2][3] In 2004, he had a salary of $75,000, but the Municipal Assembly authorized a raise to $100,000.[4]


  1. ^ Carmen Milagros Díaz (January 15, 2012). "Hablan los alcaldes invencibles". El Vocero. 
  2. ^ Alcaldes con unos sueldos de envidia from Primera Hora
  3. ^ Frank Gaud (June 15, 2009). "Alcalde de Aguada confirma que se aumentó el sueldo". El Expreso. 
  4. ^ Maelo Vargas Saavedra (December 16, 2004). "En camino el aumento de sueldo para el alcalde Carlos Méndez Martínez". 

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