Campaigning with… Martín Stefanonni (PES)
By Jesús Aguado
On a Saturday night at 11pm, Martín Stefanonni, the candidate running for mayor from the Social Encounter Party, started feeling tired, although helping those most in need gave him energy to get up and campaign the next day.
The electoral process will take place on June 7. I joined the campaign of the Social Encounter Party (PES) on Saturday, May 16. Martín Stefanonni had a meeting with the residents of Estancia de Canal, one of the oldest rural communities in town. The inhabitants here expressed to the candidate their need for basic services like trash collection, drainage, and paving of the streets.
Later, the candidate had a meeting with plumbers and electricians at Casa de Aves. Stefanonni told me that these people received him very well and showed him their support. Although it started raining around 6pm, it did not interfere with the candidate and his agenda. He kept campaigning in the upper part of the city in neighborhoods like Arboledas, La Luz, Insurgentes, and Fraccionamiento Jardines II.
When I arrived at the football field in Fraccionamiento Jardines II at 9pm, it was dark and there were no people other than those from the campaign who had arrived earlier to announce the candidate’s arrival. A jingle was playing, advising that the current leaders have just enriched their relatives and have given nothing to the people. The jingle also invited the population to vote for the PES. Little by little, people started arriving at the meeting point. Children played on the swings. Suddenly, a huge lamp lit up the field.
It seemed as if it was going to rain again when the candidate arrived at 9:20pm. He did not use amplifiers to talk with people; he invited them to get closer and have a more personal conversation. There he expounded his proposals for improving security with more and better trained police and with technology. He also proposed the creation of a department for family integration, which would be targeted to families with drug problems. Stefanonni talked about his proposal to construct an educational center where the students would have access to all kinds of technological tools for improving their education. Support to el campo is needed to move the economy, he says. If he wins the presidency, he will give 50 percent of the posts in the local administration to women. He would also give the opportunity to young people to occupy sub-director posts.
The neighbors of Jardines talked about their need for a paved road to get them from Jardines to the Allende traffic circle. They also asked for more security and public lighting. According to Stefanonni, this would be possible if they trust in projects and give him their votes.
After talking for more than one and a half hours with the people, Stefanonni granted me an interview. He said that he is trying to convince as many people as possible so he can win the election. If he is elected mayor, he will accept the post with responsibility and humility. He has visited over 130 rural communities, covering 50 percent of the urban area so far.