These are some of the personal traits of the PP candidates for the Presidency of the Government of La Rioja, Gonzalo Capellán; and the Mayor of Logroño, Conrado Escobar, who have responded to ten questions from EFE that were not political at all.
Capellán, 51, is a doctor of Philosophy and Letters and a professor at the University of La Rioja (UR). Escobar, 58, is a lawyer and an expert in social responsibility.
Gonzalo Capellan and Conrado Escobar
1.-Do you have social networks? Do you use them a lot?
-Gonzalo Capellán: Yes, but I use them just enough. I like being close to people more, talking face to face, being able to debate and conserve.
-Conrado Escobar: Mainly Twitter, I use it frequently, and more recently Instagram.
2.-What television series do you recommend?
-Gonzalo Capellán: The Wire, without a doubt, shows social realities very well and allows us to reflect on life.
-Conrado Escobar: The White Lotus, excellent. I also laughed watching Vota Juan with my children, although we politicians got off badly.
3.-The trip that you liked the most? Which one is pending?
-Gonzalo Capellán: This summer with my wife and my son I was driving all over Europe. My pending trip is to Sydney, with Aitor, my best friend.
-Conrado Escobar: We have yet to finish, with my wife, the Camino de Santiago, although we are already in Galicia. And as a family, we would like to go to Japan or India, we’ll see.
4.-How are housework distributed at home?
-Gonzalo Capellán: Always depending on availability. In recent years, I have increased my weight because my professional flexibility allowed me, but it has never been a problem. We are adjusting it based on the work dynamics and the hours available for both of us.
-Conrado Escobar: My wife, Eva, and I live, the children live outside. My wife is a born organizer. We are a united team. I do everything except cook.
5.-What is the best legacy of your parents? What legacy would you like to leave your children?
-Gonzalo Capellán: Education with capital letters, values such as honesty and commitment. A culture of effort and work. I would like to leave my son the same, hopefully!
-Conrado Escobar: That the family is where everything really important happens. My children have lived, grown and felt the love and education of the best person in the world for the three of them: my wife, Eva. It’s the best thing that’s ever happened to us.
6.-What is the best memory of your childhood?
-Gonzalo Capellán: The years of the EGB, at the Nuestra Señora de la Vega de Haro school, with friends from the towns of the region, with “Dinamita”, with whom he went to Briñas to play fronton; and with Óscar I would go to Anguciana to see his cows and the tractor when we were little. They are memories that remain etched and they are friends that I still love very much.
-Conrado Escobar: Wow, many! Possibly the summer vacations in Gijón, the endless trips to the beach with the whole family, my first day at Maristas and Brother Clemente’s visits to my house when he had a broken leg in the second year of EGB. Childhood is the homeland of each one.
7.-The biggest challenge of your professional career?
-Gonzalo Capellán: I had always dreamed of being invited as a professor at the University of Oxford and publishing in its publishing house, which is the most prestigious in the world and, fortunately, years ago I was invited to give seminars at this university and I have published in its publishing house . So more than satisfied and fulfilled in my professional aspirations.
-Conrado Escobar: The decision to leave a good job in Asturias and set up my own law firm in Logroño. I threw my land. It was a bit complicated and very generous on the part of my wife, a militant Asturian.
8.-Is it more of getting up early or staying up late?
-Gonzalo Capellán: I get up early, I’m a very early riser, I don’t know if it’s because of that “God helps those who get up early”, but I always get up very early.
-Conrado Escobar: When I get up early, I usually go running at about 6:30 in the morning.
9.-Are you an athlete? What sport does he practice?
-Gonzalo Capellán: I have been very sporty, I love all sports, I have attended several Olympics. I have been a daily practice athlete, middle-distance and long-distance athletics and now, these campaign days, I go to the gym, it is a practice that I like every day.
-Conrado Escobar: I maintain my “physical dignity” with morning runs and, from time to time, I dare with a judo session in Pedro Fernández’s gym, but they punish me beautifully.
10.-Which other candidate would you go with for wine?
-Gonzalo Capellán: With everyone, without any problem. This morning I shared a very pleasant conversation with Sonsoles Soriano, candidate for Por La Rioja, talking about sport and our children.
-Conrado Escobar: I have already taken wines with many of them and I hope to continue doing so, of course.