The team of candidates backed by the Social Democrat Party (PSD) in the local elections will consist of Gabriela Vranceanu Firea (candidate for the Bucharest City Hall), Daniel Tudorache (candidate for the District 1 Mayoralty), Neculai Ontanu (District 2), Robert Negoita (District 3), Daniela Baluta (District 4), Daniel Florea (District 5) and Gabriel Mutu (District 6), PSD President Liviu Dragnea announced on Friday on Facebook, following the party’s Executive Committee meeting.
Dragnea stated on Friday that the Social Democrats validated Gabriela Firea’s candidacy for the Bucharest City Hall and decided to run jointly with UNPR in District 2, however they will not have joint candidates with ALDE because “the electorates are a bit different.”
“In the following period, up until the elections, Ms. Firea will have the possibility to present to Bucharesters her projects and the projects of her team, backed by PSD for the Bucharest City Hall. (…) In recent days we had talks with our colleagues from UNPR, in District 2 we will run on joint lists with Mr. Ontanu and we will back him for the District 2 Mayoralty,” Dragnea pointed out at the end of the PSD Executive Committee meeting in which the candidates for the City Hall and the district mayoralties were validated.
The Social Democrat leader also stated that the analyses carried out showed that the best option is to run separately from ALDE in the June elections. “With ALDE there was a mutual analysis that both of us carried out, which showed that from an electoral standpoint for both PSD and ALDE it is much better to run separately. We are talking about slightly different electorates,” Liviu Dragnea stated.
Dragnea also stated that in this way the chances of winning a majority in the General Council would be maximized. “In what concerns the talks we had over the last two months with our colleagues from ALDE and UNPR, our major interest was what are the best methods and actions in order for us to be able to form a PSD-UNPR and ALDE majority within the General Council. And I want to make an important and necessary specification (…) PSD is not forming an alliance with PMP, M10, M8, M5, nor with PNL, PSD wants to form a majority within the General Council with ALDE and UNPR,” the PSD President claimed.
Gabriela Firea will present her candidacy platform
Senator Gabriela Firea, validated as PSD candidate for the Bucharest City Hall on Friday, stated that her main objective will be to decongest traffic in Bucharest but also changes at the City Hall.
“My colleague’s vote today honoured me, but also obliges me. (…) Many politicians fought for seats and buildings, [this] is not the case. In what concerns me, I am a person who loves cleanliness both literally and figuratively. My main concern will be a clean Capital airy from all that is heavy traffic, and moral cleanliness. We have to clean the Bucharest City Hall up from top to bottom also in what concerns bureaucracy, corruption, but also people within the City Hall that are not thinking about Bucharesters’ well-being,” Gabriel Firea stated.
The PSD candidate pointed out that she will shortly hereafter announce her platform.
UNPR backs Firea, PSD to back UNPR for Deputy Mayor position. UNPR has own candidates in Districts 3, 4 and 5
The National Union for the Progress of Romania (UNPR) and the Social Democrat Party (PSD) will form an alliance that will back joint candidates in Districts 1, 2 and 6, UNPR set to back Gabriela Firea for the Bucharest City Hall and PSD to back UNPR’s bid for the office of Deputy Mayor.
UNPR will have its own candidates in Districts 3, 4 and 5.
According to an UNPR press release, following the talks between Neculai Ontanu and Liviu Dragnea it was agreed to form an electoral alliance that will back the candidates proposed by PSD in Districts 1 and 6 and the ones proposed by UNPR for the positions of deputy mayors. In what concerns District 2, it was decided that the two parties will jointly back Neculai Ontanu, District 2’s incumbent mayor and interim president of UNPR.
In Districts 1, 2 and 6, UNPR and PSD will have joint lists for the positions of council members.
PSD has decided to have its own candidates and we will do the same, Tariceanu states
Alliance of Democrats and Liberals (ALDE) Co-President Calin Popescu Tariceanu stated on Friday in Slatina that his party will back its own candidates for the Bucharest City Hall and the six District mayoralties, after PSD took the same decision.
Calin Popescu Tariceanu stated that ALDE did not establish when it would announce its candidates for Bucharest, pointing out that the moment will not be late in coming.
“We’ve very clearly decided. In Bucharest, ALDE will have a candidate for the Bucharest City Hall and for each district, and separate lists for the districts and City Hall. I said we support certain candidates because these were the preliminary issues, nothing had been decided. The decision came today. PSD has taken the decision to run with [its own] candidates for the City Hall and districts, they presented them, and we took the decision to run with separate candidates for the City Hall and the districts. I can’t tell you at this moment when we will present them, but we will surely not be very late,” Tariceanu stated.
The Senate Speaker added that the rules out the possibility of running for the Bucharest City Hall, his objective being the parliamentary elections.
ALDE convenes on Monday in order to set its local elections strategy in Bucharest
ALDE’s leadership will convene on Monday in order to set its new strategy for the local elections in Bucharest, after PSD announced its candidates and its backing for UNPR candidate Neculai Ontanu in District 2, party sources informed.
Gorghiu about PSD candidates for Bucharest: A stew, I don’t know what the left-wing electorate will understand
National Liberal Party (PNL) Co-President Alina Gorghiu labelled PSD President Liviu Dragnea’s announcement about the candidates for the six Bucharest districts as “a stew, a broth, not clear what their left-wing electorate will make of it.”
“The PSD decision is a broth, a stew. In certain districts they are running alongside UNPR, in others alongside UNPR and with ALDE backing. They have to come up with a table in order to remember every time in what district they are running alongside UNPR. For instance, PSD has a candidate in Districts 4 and 5, but so do UNPR and ALDE. From what I understand, in Districts 1 and 6 they are running on joint lists. It’s a stew, I don’t know how much their left-wing electorate will understand from it,” PNL Co-President Alina Gorghiu stated.
She stated that she is paying attention to any candidate coming from PSD.
“Ms. Firea is a candidate we will monitor with maximum interest and attention,” Alina Gorghiu added.