LOCAL ELECTIONS One of These Candidates Will Be New Mayor of Dubrovnik
On the national, level two major political parties are conservative Croatian Democratic Union and liberal Social Democratic Party but on the local level there are many competitors for top local positions.
After 8 years, former mayor Andro Vlahusic has been disenabled from the race due to new legislation impediment set by the opposition. Constitutional Court confirmed the law forbidding those guilty of a fraud to candidate for public office.
Mayor opposition’s votes belong to Mato Frankovic of the Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ). Former chairperson of the City Council is a member of the Croatian Parliament, ex director of state-owned company for marine management ACI who started his career path in tourism industry.
On the other hand, Vlahusic (liberal democratic Croatian People’s Party - HNS) named his closest party associate Valentin Dujmović a candidate for mayor. Dujmovic is director of city-owned company for water and public plumbing management ‘Vodovod’, the position he took after the management of city-owned company for public places management ‘Sanitat’.
Tatjana Simac Bonacic, a candidate of Social Democratic Party (SDP) was former Mayor Deputy for Education and Social Affairs. Simac Bonacic, a dentist by profession, has a large party behind her but with little influence in Dubrovnik area. From 2011 to 2015 she was a Member of Croatian Parliament.
Tatjana Simac Bonacic
Terezina Orlic, president of local Chamber of Commerce of Dubrovnik has been named a candidate by Pero Vican, leader of the Democratic Party of Dubrovnik.
Dubrovnik’s Party chairperson, Zeljko Raguz is also the party’s candidate for mayor. Raguz has been Mayor’s Deputy for public utilities. Dubrovnik’s Party is the youngest party established 2 years ago.
Croatian Peasant Party named Vido Bogdanovic, formor mayor of Dubrovnik, a candidate.
The Bridge, one of the newest parties with strong influence on both national and local level supports Maro Kristic for Dubrovnik mayor candidature. Kristic is a member of Croatian Parliament and ex football judge.
Hrvoje Kukuljica is the candidate of the Human Shield.