Ada Colau remains the communities’ largest electoral asset. This was confirmed this Saturday with the overwhelming result that the vote of the bases of Barcelona in Como threw on the succession of the mayor: 211 activists of the plenary session of the formation asked Colau to run for a third term with only one abstention. .
This Saturday’s vote was mandatory because the party’s code of ethics states that elected officials can only serve two terms, and only allows for a third term to be excluded, if militancy so decides, that period can be extended to a third term.
Despite the wear and tear associated with running the Catalan capital, Colau continues to be the commune’s main winning bet. Barcelona and its mayor are the banner of a formation that has had trouble establishing itself outside of the metropolitan area, and for the moment prefers to give itself more time to find a replacement in Colau’s leadership.
In addition to criticism from the opposition, Colau has seen how multinationals, vulture funds, hoteliers and political rivals have taken inconsistencies with municipal decisions to court through complaints and lawsuits. Of the dozen complaints filed against the mayor and her team, ten have been filed, another is on the way, and another mayor will have to be declared under investigation, albeit by order of the Barcelona court, as the judge has archived the case. None of the cases went to court.
The formation is betting that Colau is BComú’s candidate for a third term on the city council, although the mayor will have the last word, who has not yet officially confirmed his intention to repeat. However, Colau is expected to confirm this in the coming weeks. This will kick-start the pre-election environment for the 2023 municipal elections.
A year after the elections, there have been several innovations in the election race in Barcelona in recent days. For now, the most clear candidates are those who already ran for mayor in 2019, Ada Colau for the commune and Ernest Maragal for the ERC. With the exception of a last-minute surprise, socialist mayor Jaume Collboni will also repeat.
The picture is much less clear in the political space of the right. Younts saw its mayor Elsa Artadi retire from politics last week for personal reasons. The PP has no candidate after the fiasco of Josep Bu, while the union of Ciudadanos and Manuel Valls dissolved this legislature and their respective heirs have not yet found a mayor either.
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