Now, the tables could actually turn in the state capital’s mayorship, thanks to local Chavismo’s split. The MUD could get in Maturín an important pick-up as a result.
Back in 2008, Jose Vicente Maicavares won Maturín’s mayorship by a landslide.
His loyalty was rewarded with the chance of running for a second term, but his past has caused certain amount of distrust.
Enter Maicavares’s predecessor as mayor, Numa Rojas. His political relationship with Chavismo can be defined as complicated: he loves the late comandante eterno but the PSUV kicked him out in 2008.
He’s back in politics after a short penalty by the Comptroller General’s Office and now wants to return to his old job. And he’s boasting of having more than enough popular support to beat the PSUV-GPP.
With local Chavismo’s split, and based on the 14-A election results, the opposition thinks there’s a good chance of a win here.
Warner Jimenez won last year’s primary and he’s looking for a re-match, after his fourth place five years ago (running as an independent candidate).