This time, the MUD looks favored to regain it, after the incumbent chavista mayor was pushed aside by his comrades and later arrested for corruption.
But recently, the entire leadership of Chavismo launched a series of political and legal threats against the MUD’s candidate (he’s accused of commanding a brigade in economic war), putting his bid in jeopardy.
Edgardo Parra won out of luck in 2008, but his term was filled with many cases of corruption and bad mismanagement.
In hindsight, the biggest change he did during his term was the makeover of the city’s official symbols, because Chávez.
The PSUV-GPP needed someone to run who wasn’t in any way related to Parra.
The task fell in hands of Miguel Flores, General Secretary of Carabobo State Government and a close political associate of the Governor Francisco Ameliach.
The MUD chose to run again with Miguel Cocchiola as its candidate. His loss back in 2008 was because of a split with Proyecto Venezuela (political party of then State Governor H.F. Salas Feo). Not this time.
But weeks ago, Nicolas Maduro accused Cocchiola of irregularities in IMECA, the hardware store chain he owns. Days later, Cocchiola traveled abroad “for family reasons”, but as time passed rumours spread about his possible exit from the race.
Whether he wins or loses, Chavismo has made clear that they will prosecute him anyway.