December 5, 2013
October midterm electionsSunday, August 18, 2013
BA City Legistature vote looms
By Mariano Beldyk
The electoral calendar toward the Buenos Aires City legislative poll on October 27 has already been established. The political clock is running. Now, parties must overcome raw internal discussions to establish the best strategy to conquer the largest number of seats to the City Legislature. Thirty seats are up for grabs.
Some forces may choose to bet on an electoral alliance. They will have until August 27 to formalize the electoral front in court, following the City’s Supreme Court resolution. Others may decide to name a figure of their own to lead October ticket. In those cases, the deadline will be a week longer to register the name along with the rest of the party candidates: September 7 will mark the limit.
Names at stake are plenty but none of them have been confirmed. The PRO ruling party, for example, has a vast majority of 26 lawmakers and three non-party allies that usually vote with them. In proportion, they are the ones that risk less: 13 seats, and with a good chance to holding most of them if they manage to funnel their national electoral support during August primaries to municipal elections.
Four out of the ten PRO legislators whose mandate finishes this year won’t be able to compete for another term. They are the ones who reached office in 2005 for the first time and have already renewed seats in 2009. Fernando de Andreis, who heads the PRO legislative bloc currently, is one of them. The others are senatorial candidate Gabriela Michetti’s close ally Lidia Saya, Marta Varela and Oscar Zago.
Among the allies, Juan Pablo Arenaza and Adriana Montes will cease work in December. But both of them have the possibility of entering the poll contest. On the other hand, lawmaker Daniel Amoroso of the Public Confidence one-man block, will rely on Graciela Ocaña to keep his influence in the chamber.
Finally, speculations about who will head PRO’s list of candidates in October are just around the corner. From Deputy Mayor María Eugenia Vidal and City Cabinet Chief Horacio Rodríguez Larreta — most believe that will be the duel in PRO during 2014 to inherit Macri’s position — to City Education and Tourism ministers, Esteban Bullrich and Hernán Lombardi, respectively.
The situation for the opposition differs. If UNEN front’s intention is to repeat its primary performance in Buenos Aires City legislative elections, then they would be the coalition with the most at stake in the district. A total of eight of their 11 members will have to run in the polls. Most of them belong to senatorial candidate Fernando “Pino” Solanas’s party, Project South. They include Julio Raffo, Jorge Selser and Adrián Camps. Also legislator Rafael Gentili’s term will end in 2013 but he walked away from Project South in May unhappy with Solanas and Carrió’s agreement.
The prospects for the Radical Party are not encouraging for lawmakers Rubén Campos and Claudio Pressman after national congressman Ricardo Gil Lavedra’s performance in last Sunday primaries. And finally, the Civic Coalition legislators Rocío Sánchez Andía and Fernando Sánchez are also part of this group who can aim to another turn.
Like Macrism, names are merely rumours at this point, but they include social activist Gustavo Vera, from “La Alameda” civic association, to lawmaker Alfonso Prat Gay.
In the case of the Kirchnerite Victory Front (FpV), it holds eight seats but doubles them with allies including the Progressive and Popular Front and New Encounter. That’s why up to five K legislators and associates will face the October electoral trial: María José Lubertino, Francisco Nenna, Mateo Romeo, Delia Bisutti and María Elena Naddeo.