The candidates of GERB-SDS, “PP-DB (Save Sofia)”, BSP and the left and “Sinya Sofia” have visible vulnerabilities, but also potential trump cards that make the competition different from other times Ideologemes no longer have a sacred meaning, the place of birth – too. However, every third resident of Sofia today is not from Sofia
Elections aren’t what they used to be. Some candidates barely managed to submit documents before the district commissions turned off the lights, and we remember how back in the day, two or three months in advance, often even a year, it was known which mayor would fight for a new mandate and who was his main opponent.
But our politics are no longer what they used to be. Not only because of the strange assembly of managing (non)partners. The electorate has also changed its profile – new voters have grown up, for whom the old ideologies have no sacred meaning, but they have demands for their lives here and now and insist that their political representatives fulfill them.
Party life also changed
inside the formations themselves. Their elites, long in the game, increasingly practice it in tacit collusion with the opponent and with repositioning for several moves ahead. The word “compromise” gets new readings, especially when it comes to distribution of posts and spheres of influence. Hard cores soften, peripheries overflow, and the path to the top of the loyal activist is not guaranteed, and surprises (new stars) often lurk around the corner. In the meantime, new parties have appeared, where the old rules do not apply at all. at all –
the terrain is different
which makes it difficult for sociologists but makes the competition interesting
Through this prism, the square of main candidates for mayor of the capital has its unexpected chances and stumbling blocks, which may ultimately rearrange their chances for the first round and the runoff.
It is noteworthy that Vasil Terziev, Vanya Grigorova and Anton Hekimyan are actually from the same generation, as the first two were born in the same year, and the journalist – 6 years later.
Vili Lilkov leads them with almost a quarter of a century of political and life experience. His story is
the old voter’s tale –
faithful to his ideology, a participant in the romantic start of the transition, extremely sensitive to the topic of communism, a defender of ancestral memory. From the people who in most cases read the word “compromise” as “betrayal”.
However, the 30-, 40- and 50-year-old generations are the most active public group, including at the polls. And in Sofia, where over 1 million have the right to vote, they
they have a choice of representatives in which they can see themselves
Vasil Terziev – the first announced by the contenders, is the entrepreneur who made the American/European dream come true. A person with indisputable intellectual and managerial qualities, well-mannered, neat, a partner and employer of like-minded people, highly valued in the IT sector. This story of his is, of course, also connected with the story of his descent from DS.
But if we go back to the change in the profile of the electorate and the fact that today’s young
do not stigmatize anyone,
because his grandfather was in State Security, this seemingly great reputational damage can be minimized at the polls every year.
The same is the case with Anton Hekimyan, who for nearly 20 years of publicity has always included his native Stara Zagora in his narrative. For the orthodox “yellow flags”, this, of course, sends the GERB candidate to the “provincialist” column. But at the same time, every third resident of Sofia today was not born in Sofia. Or we have the same thing as with the shadow of the DS on Terziev – young ambitious families who have changed their address to Sofia, are shopping for expensive apartments in the capital, their children study in the elite high schools here, they have no problem with the candidate’s birthplace. Especially if they liked him as a TV personality.
However, the surprising nomination of the journalist caused another slight disturbance – Boyko Borisov
did not choose a party
brought a star, neglected the most loyal, and this perhaps upsets the souls of some gerberas. Some of them expressed their disappointment on social networks and even claimed there that they would vote for the “real” right-wing candidate – Vili Lilkov.
Thus, with the doyen in the field of candidate mayors, the situation of the “winning loser”, as is the term from the sport, can happen – in his series, he ends up with a fast enough time to reach the runoff. For now, such a trend sounds rather wishful thinking, it is not perceived by sociologists in the field (although no actual assignments have been officially announced). However, let’s not forget the loud disappointment of the orthodox right-wingers at the elevation of Terziev (because of DS, of course) and their vows to vote for Lilkov or skip going to the polls.
Vanya Grigorova may find herself in a similar favorable situation, behind whom – also at the last moment and without unnecessary pathos – officially “Positano” stood.
And in her story, many people can recognize themselves – from a poor girl to a successful woman, the most recognizable trade unionist who speaks intelligently in a straight text and smiles very beautifully. Authentically left, but without being the bearer of the BSP intrigues that have corroded the party in recent years. When it appeared on the political scene, “Change” attracted many left-wing voters, who were repelled by the PP’s subsequent war with the president, as well as fierce Russophobia. Now it is very likely that some of them will prefer Grigorova.