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2010 Nicoya Mayor Elections
Campaign for mayor surpasses $100,000

By Emiliana Garcia

The Nicoya PLN received donations "in kind", such as banners and the cost for the club, from its headquarters in San Jose.


Five of the political parties competing for mayor of Nicoya are spending more than one hundred thousand dollars on their campaigns. The candidates have confirmed this with VON. 

The Christian Social Unity Party (PUSC), with Ovidio Jiménez as candidate, is first on the list. To date, he has spent $10,000 and is preparing to pay out another $28,000 in what remains of the campaign up to December 5, Election Day.     

In second place is Marcos Jiménez, of the National Liberation Party (PLN), with $34,000. However, unlike Ovidio Jiménez, PLN’s strategy is “[first] to see what the others do” in order to later “go out with everything.” Because of this, as of late October, Marcos Jiménez has only paid less than $2,000. Yet for November, and specifically for Election Day, he will wager $32,000.    

José Manuel Cabalceta Matarrita, the candidate for the Accessibility Without Exclusion Party (PASE), occupies third place with $8.230 spent. For December 5, he expects to utilize $10,000 more. “The 5th is the hardest day,” said Cabalceta.  

The Libertarian Movement (ML) represented in Nicoya by Marvin Vargas Zúñiga, has cleared $5,000 to date and foresees spending $2,000. Thus the ML occupies fourth place. 

Finally, the most “moderate” is Aura Salas for the Citizen Action Party (PAC), occupying fifth place with $2,400 and budgeting $2,000 more for the rest of the campaign.   

The origins of the funs are diverse, but in general terms, the five candidates have “borrowed” from their own pockets to cover the costs.   

Aura Salas (PAC) utilized money from her salary as Director of the Penitentiary Center and said she received economic support from her siblings and mother. 

Marcos Jiménez (PLN) put in $600 of his own and could count on the collaboration of the vice mayor of the Municipality, Adriana Rodríguez, with $600 more, as well as his candidate for vice mayor, Fabricio Sánchez.  

Marvin Vargas (ML) obtained credit from his two companies just like Ovidio Jiménez (PUSC) obtained money from his livestock fattening business.

José Manuel Cabalceta (PASE) was the only one who requested credit from a public entity. In his case, as an employee of the Caja Costarricense de Salud (CCSS: Costa Rican Cashier of Health) for more than 30 years, he obtained a loan from the Retirement and Savings Fund of the Caja (FRAC).

Since the Supreme Court of Elections resolved that it wouldn’t accept financing in advance on behalf of the State, the candidates will present receipts for expenses higher than the treasury of each party, hoping that they can be repaid as political debt.  

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