Joan Blanch

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Joan Blanch
Joan Blanch i Rodríguez.jpg
Mayor of Badalona
In office
Preceded by Mario Díaz
Succeeded by Maite Arqué
Personal details
Born 1937
Badalona, Spain
Died 16 April 2014 (aged 76–77)
Badalona, Spain
Political party Socialists' Party of Catalonia

Joan Blanch Rodríguez (1937 – 16 April 2014) was a Spanish politician from Catalonia, he was mayor of Badalona between 1983 and 1999. He also served in the Spanish Congress of Deputies and the Parliament of Catalonia.


Blanch was born in Badalona in 1937. He studied law and later went into politics. He was named as replacement deputy for Raimon Obiols in the Spanish general election, 1982.[1] One year later he was elected Mayor of Badalona as head of the list of the Socialists' Party of Catalonia (PSC). He was the second mayor of the city after the end of Francoist era. In the 1995 elections to the Catalan Parliament he earned a seat. Two years later, in 1997, he fell out with his party colleagues in Badalona and chose not to seek a further term as mayor for the PSC.[1] When elections were held in 1999 he was on the list for Coalició Socialista de Progés, which did not conquer any seats. Blanch his term as mayor ended and he returned to his work as a lawyer. In his final years he showed himself a supporter of Catalan independence.[1]

He died in hospital on 16 April 2014 after a long illness, aged 77.[1] The municipality of Badalona held three days of official mourning in honour of his death.[2]


  1. ^ a b c d N. Barcelonès (16 April 2014). "Muere el exalcalde de Badalona Joan Blanch" (in Spanish). La Vanguardia. Retrieved 4 May 2014. 
  2. ^ "Fallece el exalcalde de Badalona Joan Blanch a los 77 años" (in Spanish). El País. 16 April 2014. Retrieved 4 May 2014.