Dr. Rodolfo Hernández is the third declared candidate for the 2014 presidential elections, being chosen Saturday as leader of the Partido Unidad Social Cristiana (PUSC), at a ceremony at the INBio parque in Santo Domingo de Heredia.

rhernandez-inbioDr. Hernández will lead the fractured party that once was a political force in the country and with the support of former president Rafael Ángel Calderón. The former president was not present, represented by his wife and legislator, Gloria Bejerano.

Dr. Hernandez joins San José mayor, Johnny Araya, for the Partido Liberacion Nacional (PLN) and José María Villalta Flores-Estrada of the Frente Amplio (FA) party in the contest for the presidential chair on Sunday February 2, 2014.  See report:  Only Two Candidates Confirmed For 2014 Presidential Elections

In his speech, the good doctor promised to help the poor, promote education and environmental protection. One woman in the audience was overheard muttering a reference that the doctor has features similar to the newly elected Pontiff.

“Today we take the first step in a struggle to restore the dignity of Costa Ricans,” said Dr. Hernandez, who for the last 12 years has been medical director at the Hospital Nacional de Niños (Children’s Hospital) in San José.