Almuñécar’s First Mayor Dies

ALM Miguel Avila PadialWell known Almuñequero Miguel Ávila Padial died earlier this month and it has now been suggested that the Casa de la Cultura bear his name.

The proposal was put forward by the CA (Benavides) and is backed by the deceased’s family.

Miguel was a teacher for many, many years at Almuñécar’s oldest high school, where he was also the Head. However, what makes him special is that he was the first democratically elected Mayor of Almuñécar after the Spanish dictator died.

The last mayor appointed by the regime, if you are interested, was José Antonio Bustos Fernández, who set the town on a course to become a tourist attraction. He wrote a book entitled Alcalde Porque Sí, which might still be available at Librería Contreras on Calle Real.

Both men were old-school politicians who did much for Almuñécar.

Miguel Ávila was born in 1939, he studied at Granada University and obtained a degree in Chemistry. He took up teaching at IES Antigua Sexi in 1969 and was appointed as Head Teacher between 1983 and 1986, remaining at this school until he retired in 2010 at the age of 70.

Interested in politics, he joined the PSOE and ran as candidate for Mayor in 1979 in the first democratic elections, winning the mayoralty and serving as mayor from 1979 to 1983. He followed Juan Carlos Benavides when he set up his own party and was councillor for the last time between 2003 and 2007.

(News: Almunecar, Costa Tropical, Granada, Andalucia)

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