Matteo Salvini will conclude the electoral campaign for the administrative offices of Verona together with Giorgia Meloni, so as not to give rise to tensions. It is here, in fact, that the most interesting game is played in this round of the administrative elections for the Veneto, where the balance of forces within the center-right coalition will be measured, with Forza Italia which has decided to run alone with respect to Lega-Fdi. And between these two parties the competition is evident, while in the other two capitals, Padua and Belluno, the center-left seeks confirmation. There was a three-way race for the renewal of the administration of the Scaliger capital, with the probability that the candidate for the center-left could enjoy the ‘dangerous games’ of the alliance that governs the city.
The outgoing mayor is Federico Sboarina, who five years ago had won with the center-right united, and who in the meantime has given up the role of the ‘civic’ to join the Brothers of Italy. His mandate was marked by strong political controversy, due to some stances of his coalition that winked at the Catholic ultra-right, a controversial “Family Conference” also supported by organizations close to Putin’s regime. The mayor went ahead but the ‘sliding’ to the right made him hostile to the forces of the center of the coalition, which in the end decided to break by bringing back the ‘old’ mayor, the former Northern League player Flavio Tosi. Sboarina has from his Lega and Fdi, but even here tensions are not lacking. Especially the accusation of a ‘partition’ on the rich Fiera di Verona, whose board of directors was recently renewed, just a few weeks after the vote, made up of males only and with the presidency entrusted to Federico Bricolo, first-hour Northern League player, is particularly striking. former leader of the Carroccio in the Senate and very loyal to Salvini. Tosi – who still has a certain following in the city – returns to the office with his “To do” list and other formations, including above all Forza Italia.
Third inconvenience is Damiano Tommasi, former Italian champion footballer with Roma and already at the head of the Aic, who presents himself with the center-left and the 5 Star Movement united. No big demonstrations, an election campaign made up of meetings and handshakes, no photographs or walks with national leaders. The quarrels of the center-right could favor him for a ballot, but there is also the risk that he could end up ‘crushed’ if the opponents regroup.
On the other hand, ‘regular’ coalitions in the other two capital cities in the vote, Padua and Belluno, where the center-left ruled and is now seeking confirmation. In the Euganean city it will be a challenge between managers lent to politics. Sergio Giordani aims at re-election against the entrepreneur Francesco Peghin, chosen by Salvini at the suggestion of the former mayor Massimo Bitonci. The electoral campaign was marked by a substantial ‘fair play’, even if Peghin tried some polemical thrusts towards the outgoing mayor, but without major jolts.
Finally, in Belluno, the united center-right is betting on Oscar De Pellegrin, Paralympic champion, after ten years of opposition. After two terms, the outgoing mayor Jacopo Massaro gives way to Giuseppe Vignato, manager of large companies such as Luxottica and director of various companies, who in addition to the Democratic Party has collected the support of the Cinquestelle, driven by the Belluno minister to relations with the Parliament, Federico D’Incà.
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