Bergamo and Cagliari in the centre-left, Cirio does an encore in Piedmont


By John

Cagliari and Bergamo in the center-left already in the first round. Just like Pescara, for which this round was enough to re-elect the outgoing centre-right mayor. They go to a runoff instead Bari and Florence with the center-left in a strong advantage. We go back to the polls for the play-off also in Caltanissetta, Campobasso (they were led by an M5S administration, now the center-right has the advantage) and Power. Challenge to the last vote in Perugia, with the center-left at almost 50% and an advantage of only 2 points.

This is the outcome of the vote which saw the renewal of almost 3700 municipal administrations, of the Regional Council in Piedmont – with the confirmation of the outgoing governor Cirio – and the European elections. And so, Cagliari returns to the centre-left and with it Pavia too, which was led by the League. In the Sardinian capital, the outgoing mayor Paolo Truzzu is ousted by Massimo Zedda, supported by the broad camp and former mayor of Cagliari, certainly driven by the election, last March, of Alessandra Todde (M5S), the first female president of Sardinia. Massimo's rival Zedda, also a Zedda but Alessandra, aimed to keep the city on the right but failed. In Bergamo, after 10 years of Giorgio Gori's administration, the city remained in the hands of the center-left and the mayor is Elena Carnevali, 59 years old, former deputy of the Democratic Party.

Head to head instead in Perugia governed from 2019 to today by the center-right with Andrea Romizi (FI). Vittoria Ferdinandi, psychologist, 37 years old, supported by a very broad coalition ranging from the Democratic Party to Action, came close to conquering the city which since the post-war period and up to 10 years ago had always been governed by the left. In 15 days she will have to deal with her rival Margherita Scoccia (FdI). The most anticipated challenges were obviously those of Florence and Bari. In the Tuscan capital, Sara Funaro, 48 years old, center-left candidate and outgoing councillor, had more votes than the German art historian and former director of the Uffizi Eike Schmidt who did not break through as expected but the match to elect Dario Nardella's successor will be played in two weeks. A good portion of support for Funaro was taken away by the IV candidate, Stefania Saccardi, who came third but who will now, in all likelihood, have her votes flow towards Funaro.

Even in Bari, the center-left candidate, Vito Leccese, 61, supported by the center-left, is far ahead of Fabio Romito, a Northern League member, 36, from the center-right. The M5S candidate Michele La Forgia has received good support: and had the Five Star Movement not decided not to participate in the primaries already called and to run alone, the victory of the centre-left would have been certain already in the first round. In the other cities: Massimo Mezzetti (centre-left) is elected mayor of Modena, Marco Massari (centre-left) is mayor of Reggio Emilia; in Cesena Enzo Lattuca was re-elected. These were all municipalities already led by the centre-left. In Ferrara the outgoing mayor, Alan Fabbri, supported by the centre-right, is reconfirmed, defeating the lawyer Fabio Anselmo, lawyer in the Cucchi case. In Forlì the outgoing Gian Luca Zattini (centre-right) is tending (for a very short time) to be reconfirmed, followed closely by the challenger Graziano Rinaldini (centre-left). Andrea Biancani (centre-left) reconfirmed in Pesaro. In Pontida, the symbolic location of the party, the outgoing mayoral candidate of the League, Pierguido Vanalli, was defeated by his challenger Davide Cantù, a young candidate from the civic list Viviamo Insieme Pontida. FdI, however, was the first party with 33.77% in Stazzema, whose territory includes the hamlet of Sant'Anna, theater of the Nazi-fascist massacre of 12 August 1944, and has excellent results in the province of Grosseto: in Capalbio it exceeds 40%. Predappio, Mussolini's birthplace, remains center-right. In Tuscany they hold the centre-left strongholds such as Livorno and Prato. Pesaro also confirms the centre-left administration. In Cremona we go to the ballot. Finally, Ascoli confirms the outgoing centre-right mayor.