One day before the elections in Salta, Gustavo Sáenz seeks re-election with the strategy of a pendulum government at the national level
(Special envoy) In less than 24 hours, Salta will begin a new electoral act in which the population will choose among 12 candidates for its governor for the next four years. In this scenario, the provincial president Gustavo Sáenz aims to go through a day without major inconveniences to be able to achieve re-election and manage until 2027.
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The opponents who will try to defeat Sáenz at the polls are 11 in total: Miguel Nanni (Together for Change), Emiliano Estrada (Avancemos Front), Walter Wayar (Entre Todos), Claudio Del Pla (Left Front MST-Partido Obrero) , Lucio Paz Martínez (Salta Avanza Con Vos Front), Mauro Sabbadini (Salta Con Felicidad Front), Ramiro Escorin (Electoral Instrument for Popular Unity), Marcos Tognolini (Movement Toward Socialism), Daniela Planes Saiz (Workers Party for Socialism ), Violeta Gil (Worker Politics) and Lia Verónica Caliva (Salta Para Todos – Caliva Gobernadora).
The 12 candidates for the governorship of Salta
With a pendulum strategy regarding the relationship with the government of Alberto Fernández, Sáenz maintains a discourse of closeness and distance with the presidential administration, although he also does so with the national opposition. In his objective of not being closely linked to the rift that arises in the country, the Salta president aims to not be dragged by the tailwind that a crisis in those spaces can generate.
In the last opening of ordinary sessions of the local Legislature, Sáenz was in charge of reinforcing this idea of his management. “Argentina does not begin or end in General Paz”, he emphasized that time as an introduction to later sentence: “When I have to accompany, I accompany; but when I have to raise my voice to defend the interests of all Salteños, I stand firm to fight for their rights. I am not a delegate of any national government”.
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Framed in the front of governors of the Norte Grande, in his speech outside the limits of the Salta territory, Sáenz states that “it is necessary to maintain the corresponding cordial relations” with the Nation. “As mayor I did it with a previous national government (Mauricio Macri) and we achieved great works. With this government (Alberto Fernández) I also did it and we also achieved great works for Salta”, the Peronist knew how to point out that time. The strategy of distance and proximity that he once applied as mayor of the City of Salta, now consolidates it on a national scale as governor. Together for Change, in this scenario, he will present for the first time a candidate for governor in Salta (Miguel Nanni) and aims to consolidate his bases.
Emiliano Estrada (Frente Avancemos), also appears as a figure who aims to fight for the governorship of Sáenz. “He has high expectations, with the knowledge that he is the only one who has a chance of beating the ruling party,” they assure this medium from their space.
Although Estrada is a national deputy – a bank he accessed through the Frente de Todos -, in these elections he formed an allied front with his vice candidate Carlos Zapata, who in turn is a national deputy for Ahora Patria, part of the interbloc of Together for Change in the Chamber. “He focused on the province, on the construction of a space at the local level,” those who accompany him in the campaign argued to this outlet.
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The last week leading up to the elections was marked by an escalation in regards to social conflicts: there were important claims against Sáenz by local health and education workers. In this context and with an opposition that apparently cannot get a firm footing, the governor aims to achieve confirmation of his second term this Sunday.
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Gustavo Sáenz was born on April 14, 1969 in the city of Salta and has four children. He is a lawyer and before being governor, he was a provincial senator, councilor and then mayor of the capital between 2015 and 2019. In the 2015 presidential elections, it is worth remembering, he fulfilled the role of Sergio Massa’s running mate for the Renewal Front.
This Sunday, a total of 12,207 candidates confirmed their nominations and there will be 1,082,462 voters empowered to choose between the positions in dispute: governor (1), provincial senators (11), provincial deputies (30), mayors (60) and councilors (343).
Of that total number of official applicants, this May 14 only 12 will run for governor, while 154 will go for the position of senator, 671 for deputy, 414 for mayor and 10,944 for councilor.
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