The National Union for Romanian Progress (UNPR) informed that ten mayors of the Social Democratic Party (PSD), National Liberal Party (PNL) and the Conservative Party (PC) from Dolj County signed, on Wednesday, a joint statement announcing they would be running as UNPR candidates in the 2012 local elections. The ten mayors in question are, according to UNPR: Fulga Jana, PC mayor of Simnicu de Sus; Carciumaru Constantin, PNL mayor in Cotofenii din Fata; Racareanu Ion, PNL mayor of Bradesti; Militaru Mihai, PSD mayor of Robanesti; Duta Marian, PSD mayor of Cetate; Guta Mircea, PNL mayor of Calafat; Calafeteanu Puiu Mihai, elected mayor of Plenita representing PNL; Toma Cristian, PSD mayor of Piscu vechi; Vintila Marian, PNL mayor of Poiana Mare, and Mungiu Gheorghe, PNL mayor of Ciupercenii Noi.
“The ten mayors voiced their trust and support for UNPR leaders Gabriel Oprea, Marian Sarbu, Cristian Diaconescu, the professor Gheorghe Bica, Gigi Netoiu, Puiu Iordanescu, as well as for the projects of the National Union for Romanian Progress, which the mayors deem important for the people they represent, for the national interest, for the Romanians and for Romania,” according to a release remitted, yesterday, to the press, quoted by Mediafax. On June 30, UNPR announced fresh additions to the party, but, then, the people in question were mayors from Olt County. “The independent mayor of Daneasa, Olt County, Eugen Stania, joined the National Union for Romanian Progress, on June 29. The mayor Stania will act as the deputy president of UNPR Olt. At the same time, Constantin Rotaru (e.n. excluded from PSD, according to the local press), the mayor of Calui, Olt County, announced his decision to run for a new term in office, in the 2012 elections, on behalf of UNPR,” another release by UNPR announced, at the time.
Shortly after the UNPR release, the leader of PSD Dolj, Ion Prioteasa, argued that “there is a possibility” only one of the three Social-Democrat mayors referred to had, indeed, switched allegiance to UNPR. Prioteasa says the mayor in question is the mayor of Piscu Vechi, Cristian Toma, who “has long severed ties with us” (e.n. with PSD). He added that he hadn’t got in touch yet with any of the mayors nominated by UNPR as the party’s future candidates in the 2012 local elections.