8-D Races to Watch: Porlamar (Mariño)

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Escudo_Santiago_MariñoThe Santiago Mariño Municipality in Margarita Island is the most populated of Nueva Esparta State. It holds the largest city and economic center of the island, Porlamar.

It’s also one of the biggest opposition strongholds in recent local elections. Chavismo has never been able to win Porlamar’s mayorship, even in those cases when they won the State’s governorship. Now, the PSUV-GPP is more determined than ever to end this losing streak for once and for all.

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Incumbent Porlamar mayor Alfredo Diaz (MUD), candidate for re-election.

The incumbent mayor of Porlamar, Alfredo Díaz is looking to win his second term. Recently, he got the strong backing of Henrique Capriles in a campaign rally.

However, the National Assembly recently opened a special investigation against him for alleged corruption during his tenure. Díaz has said that he’s open to any inquiry and accussed Chavismo to using this just as an electoral ploy.

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Milka Oliveros, PSUV candidate in 2004 and 2008.

But Chavismo had to look for a candidate to beat Díaz, as Milca Oliveros who ran (and lost) in 2004 and 2008 couldn’t go for a third time.

The reason? She’s now Nueva Esparta’s Secretary-General of Government, the second highest executive position in the State, after the victory of Carlos Mata Figueroa as governor last year.

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Former Enviroment Minister Dante Rivas, candidate of the PSUV-GPP

Instead, Chavismo drafted local boy and once rising star Dante Rivas as candidate.

After his job in the Identification Service (SAIME), Rivas went to the INTTT (the national DMV), without much success. Then he was Enviroment Minister briefly.

Now, he wants to restore Porlamar as a tourist destination and make Mariño a “21st Century municipality”.

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  1. “Now, he wants to restore Porlamar as a quality tourist destination and make Mariño a “21st Century municipality”.”
    That really hurt. I hadn’t laughed so loud for a long time. I still have tears in my eyes.

  2. Ive just read that ecarri withdrew, oh boy, I sure hope that SOB rodriguez guets served!

    isnt libertador one of those races to watch? 😉

  3. Rivas could be successfull as a manager, but he’s pretty weak as politician. His strategies and speech are so adeco fashioned, giving washing machines and using the old Morel’s slogan (“Con Dante Mariño va pa’ lante”. wow such creative). The chavista insiders are worried about that.

    And the chavistas ruled Mariño during the Eligio Hernández’s administration. He brincó la talanquera with PODEMOS, and la brincó again when PODEMOS turned into oppo.

    And the Alfredo’s management were a little better than Eligio’s one, but it could be a lot better. I mean, A LOT.

  4. “21st Century municipality”???

    Hell, we would be happy with 20th Century. And, as far as turning it into a “quality tourist destination”, Chavismo shut the door on that when they blocked the opening of the new Cruise Port.

    Also, the governorship would still be Opposition today, if the MUD had had enough balls to retire Morel, a walking, talking dinosaur from the Fourth.

    • “Also, the governorship would still be Opposition today, if the MUD had had enough balls to retire Morel, a walking, talking dinosaur from the Fourth”.

      ^This.

    • Also this, the most unbelievable bad governor that Margarita has had in a long time.
      I honestly believe that he had an aversion to doing anything.
      Couldn’t believe it when he was the candidate.

      • I haven’t been back to Margarita in a couple years. The last time I went everything was so much cleaner. However, the taxi drivers were going on strike because of armed hold-up’s. I’ve been holding off going back because of all the bad press, but my wife has lots of family there. Has much changed over the last two years? We love to stay a week at El Yaque and watch the wind surfers.

  5. By tourist do they actually mean travel to Venezuela? I’d consider it if they opened a zoo full of chavistas and I could get a free plasma TV shipped to my home on my way out.

    • Regrettably, when I speak to people about Venezuela (to keep my conscience clean) I have to tell them that under no circumstance will I recommend travel to Venezuela. I used to recommend it to my more adventurous and experienced friends. Now, I can no longer recommend it under any circumstances.

  6. The international tourism market is absolutely dead.
    The few Brazilians or Argentinians that show up are so, how to be kind, careful with their money that they contribute little to the island.

    They don’t want to make advance reservations because they read that it’s cheaper to pay in Bolivars rather than having a fixed reservation.
    Of course they want to come during Christmas / New Year’s or Semana Santa.

    Good luck with that.

    The rest of the world has just stopped coming.
    It’s such a shame.

    • “They don’t want to make advance reservations because they read that it’s cheaper to pay in Bolivars rather than having a fixed reservation.”

      And they are right, which is another problem created by the currency controls.

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