8-D Races to Watch: Barinas

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Riescudo_barinas_cityght in the heart of the llanos, there’s Barinas State, native land of the late comandante eterno. Barinas, along with the other heartland states are still Chavismo’s strongest bastion.

However, the capital city (which is also called Barinas) is drifting away from that trend, as the official results of the two most recent elections (last year’s regionals and April 14th’s presidential) can attest.

Now, the MUD has a huge chance of taking the mayorship, thanks mostly to a serious internal fracture in local Chavismo.

Incumbent mayor Abundio Sánchez, candidate for VBR and Juan Bimba.
Incumbent mayor Abundio Sánchez, candidate for small Chavista parties VBR and Juan Bimba.

Incumbent mayor Abundio Sánchez was dumped by the PSUV in his quest for a second term. But instead of simply going along with that decision, he went rogue and launched his re-election bid anyway, thanks to the support of two small parties.

Sánchez has put the blame for the split on Barinas State Governor Adán Chávez, brother of the “giant.” In an interview with El Universal, he said that he would be the comandante presidente’s choice if he was still alive.

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Venezuelan Ambassador in Cuba Edgardo Ramírez, candidate of the PSUV and most GPP parties.

Chavismo reacted to Sánchez’s rebellion by kicking him out of the PSUV, and branding him as a sell-out and a traitor.

To keep the mayorship, another local was selected instead: the current Venezuelan Ambassador to Cuba Edgardo Ramírez.

His proposals can be resumed in this quote: “To make a great Barinas, people have to think first of a great Barinas”.

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José Luis Machin, candidate of the MUD

Meanwhile, the opposition selected José Luis Machin as its candidate in last year’s primary. He was recently the head of Capriles’ 14-A campaign in the state.

He’s also a sociolgist and a local radio talk show host, but his program faced pressure from the authorities last year to be taken off the air. His main objective in case of being elected is to rescue basic public services in the city.

1 COMMENT

  1. It would be great if Machin wins. Thanks God the MUD didn’t go for a businessman who is also a frequent Miami visitor, unlike in Valencia.

    • That whole story about the Cocchiola going to Miami to visit his grandson and suddenly not coming back is bizarre. Either he was really fleeing the country or he is a very bad politician who sees nothing wrong with flying to the US in the middle of his campaign just after he has been accused by Maduro of committing a crime.

      • he definitely must have been fleeing, it makes no sense to travel abroad for 5 days one month before the election after 6+ years of campaing, not even for the birth of a grandson, and it’s not even his first one.

    • Hard to please, no?

      Complain if the candidate is an italian from Scarano & partners, complain if the candidate is from Salas & family. Those are the main Opposition factions in Carabobo, they both have their merits and they both have their shortfalls. (Incidentally I’ll take any of them before an adeco).

      Scarano has a better administration, and people from San Diego are very happy with the way things are being run. Unfortunately he also has a lot of links to contruction companies, some say there have been some zoning shenaningans, plus he has a knack for forming all-italian coalitions and pacts.

      Proyecto Venezuela did a great job restructuring Carabobo after the Celis (AD). They made Carabobo a powerhouse (by national standards) in healthcare, education and sports before Chávez came to power. They are one of the parties who have made the most links to civil society, supporting candidates from backgrounds like bussiness, academia, NGOs, youth leaders and also supporting more females than many other parties for office. Unfortunately they promote family values as often as they promote family members.

  2. Go Machin! The trilogy [sic] of evil has been making plenty of stops throughout the state. Places like Barrio Che Guevara. I don’t think this is to do sociological investigations. They see support.

    It is nice to see you can’t keep the opposition down in Barinas by shooting their supporters at a rally.

  3. Any hatillano willing to do a brief guide to elections in El Hatillo? I’m murky on who are the candidates, who’s supporting them, and the issues (some zoning and urban development shenanigans?). I think is the only Municipality in Greater Caracas where MUD is actually split (as opposed to an official candidate and some small disident(s)).

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