In a few hours it will be possible to say: alea iacta est, the die is cast. The games will be made and all that remains is to leave room for the voters for the decisive vote that will decide the winners and losers of this round of administrative elections. On the other hand, we are talking about about a thousand municipalities and over 19 thousand candidates overall.
There are about a thousand municipalities called to vote and over 19 thousand candidates overall
But obviously, as often happens in these circumstances, the matches will be played on several levels: the municipal one, of course, but also the national one. Because bringing home a good booty of victorious urns means increasing – or decreasing – your specific weight. In relations with the government but also within the respective coalitions.
Which are the cities in which the attention of politics and the media will be the greatest?
But which are the cities in which the attention of politics and the media will be most? Let’s start by saying that the center-right starts from an advantageous position in the consultation. In fact, among the 26 largest cities, 18 are led by councils supported by center-right coalitions with the Brothers of Italy, Lega and Forza Italia.
Three are administered by the Democratic Party, two by independent center-left, and finally three by civic lists. The most important challenges are those of Genoa and Palermo. In the Ligurian capital, the outgoing mayor, the civic Marco Bucci, is supported by a more extensive coalition than the classic center-right with which he was elected for the first term. Also supported by the center-left centrists, such as Action and Italia viva, Bucci is the favorite among the seven candidates in the running. To challenge him he will find Ariel Dello Strologo.
In Palermo, for the succession to Leoluca Orlando, which ends the second term, the challenge is six. Democratic Party, M5s, Ecologist Civic Left and the Palermo Project Civic List, they argue Franco Miceli. While, on the opposite front, after weeks of disputes and flag candidates, the united center-right ranks Roberto Lagalla, near the UDC. And here the tensions are not insignificant considering that there are pentastellated parliamentarians who support candidates who are not of the Movement, and on the other hand a mayoral candidate not so well liked by the League who would have preferred Francesco Cascio.
In the other large Sicilian city to the vote, Messina, on the other hand, the center-right actually runs divided. The League supports the candidacy of Federico Basileformer general manager of the municipality proposed by the outgoing mayor Cateno De Lucawhile the other parties in the coalition have chosen to focus on Maurizio Croce. The center-left finally ranks up Franco De Domenico.
Center-right also divided in Catanzaro. Forza Italia, Lega and Udc support Valerio Donatoalso supported by Italy alive, while the Brothers of Italy are candid Wanda Ferro. The Democratic Party and the 5-Star Movement proposes instead Nicola Fiorita. Two other cases in which the center-right coalition has split are those of Verona and Parma. In the city of Verona, the outgoing mayor of FdI, Federico Sboarinais likely not to win in the first round, hampered by the run of the former league Flavio Tosisupported by FI and by IV, but not by the Lega which supports Sboarina.
While the center-left will try to storm the right stronghold with Damiano Tommasi, former Roma midfielder of the third championship (supported by Pd, M5s and Action). Parma comes from two terms of the former mayor M5s Federico Pizzarotti, who after leaving M5s, with his training in Italy in the Municipality, approached the Democratic Party. Pizzarotti’s ‘fans’ will support, together with the Democratic Party and the left, but without the pentastellati (who will not present their own list), the Councilor for Culture Michele Guerra also supported by Iv (but not by Action, who presents his Dario Costi).
The center-right is split: Lega and Forza Italia support the former mayor Pietro Vignali. Fratelli d’Italia has decided to focus on Priam Bocchi. Finally, in Gorizia, the current mayor runs for a second term Rodolfo Ziberna, supported by the entire center-right. The center-left divided, with the Democratic Party and the 5-star movement that will support the race of Laura Fasiolowhile Action together with Gorizia 3.0 will be with Antonio Devetag.
And the Five Stars? Another peculiarity of this election is the marginal role played by the pentastellati who do not nominate any first citizen, but are in coalition with the Democratic Party. And in many other cities there is not even the symbol. Two eloquent cases above all: Parma, a city in the past symbol of the Five-star triumph; and Sicily where the Movement is present in three cities out of over 200 municipalities in the vote.
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