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