Ruling Democrat Liberal Party’s (PDL) Bucharest branch leader Elena Udrea said last week that the internal race to appoint a candidate for next year’s General Mayor election has begun and several party members have already signed up. Udrea reiterated that she is not interested in running for the position. “I will not run for City hall, I will support the person who will have Bucharesters’ confidence,” Udrea told Realitatea TV.
The PDL Bucharest leader added that those who signed up for the internal race so far include Deputy Silviu Prigoana, Vice President Theodor Paleologu and “possibly” Deputy Costica Canacheu.
In comments on Pro TV three months ago, Udrea had announced that she would not run for General Mayor and voiced her opinion that the party would find a more suitable candidate. In the context, she named Prigoana, District 3 Mayor Liviu Negoita or Sulfina Barbu as possible contenders.
Commenting on Udrea’s statements, Prigoana told Mediafax that he joined the race in order to help competition in the party. The MP said that others will join the race too and underlined that the party’s National Standing Bureau will appoint a candidate based on an internal poll. It is not yet known when this will happen, he said. When asked what his main objectives would be in case he gets selected to run for General Mayor, Prigoana said these would include creation of a true European capital “with everything this means – transport, tourism.” Recently, Labour Minister Sebastian Lazaroiu also said that in his opinion, Prigoana has the “best ranking” in opinion polls to be able to defeat current General Mayor Sorin Oprescu in next year’s election.
Paleologu meanwhile said he wishes to run for General Mayor because he is outraged “by the Bucharest destruction, the unbearable traffic, the absurd demolitions and constructions and the pollution that reduces life expectancy rates.”
“It’s time we did something. (…) Another term for Oprescu means more harm for Bucharest,” Paleologu added.