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95 Favela Candidates Are Running for Rio de Janeiro’s City Council

They Are Among 1812 Candidates Disputing the City's 51 City Council Seats

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This article is part of a series of articles on Rio de Janeiro’s 2020 municipal elections from a favela perspective.

It is not only the electoral dispute for Mayor of Rio that is fierce. Earning a seat on City Council is also far from easy in the 2020 elections. In addition to the challenge of campaigning in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, a total of 1,812 Rio de Janeiro residents are competing for 51 City Council seats, including candidates who already occupy the position.

For this article, we sought to identify which among these 1,812 candidates are from favelas. We were able to identify 95 candidates (5.2%). The favelas of Complexo do Alemão, Maré, Rio das Pedras, and Rocinha are responsible for 36 candidates, 39% of the total from favelas. Ten Complexo do Alemão residents are running. On November 7, the newspaper Voz das Comunidades held an interview with candidates from Complexo do Alemão. The remaining candidates come from favelas such as Providência, Vila Vintém, Vila Kennedy, City of God, Jorge Turco, Morro do Dendê, Fumacê, and Cesarão, among others.

Among the candidacies linked to favelas, left, center-left, center, center-right and right-wing parties can be found. Favela candidates are also organizing themselves in increasingly common collective mandates. These are the first municipal elections in the country after the assassination of city councilwoman Marielle Franco, who was raised in Maré, elected with over 46,000 votes in 2016, and brutally shot with her driver Anderson Gomes, a Complexo do Alemão resident. For two and a half years, the streets, social networks, and world have asked “Who Killed Marielle Franco? And Why?” 

With the loss of Marielle, the need for favelas to be represented in municipal politics has become more urgent for many people. The list of candidates below was compiled from favela sources, candidate profiles, publications from community media, candidacies registered on the City Councilor We Want platform, the list of candidates committed to proposals in the Sustainable Favela Network‘s* commitment letter, the list of candidates committed to the Marielle Franco Agenda, the list of candidates committed to the The City We Want manifesto of the Brazilian Institute of Architects (IAB-Rio), and records released by the Superior Electoral Court (TSE).

But we know that many names are still missing. If you know about favela candidacies that are not listed below, please reach out to contato@rioonwatch.org.br so we can update this article.

City Council Candidates raised in or residents of favelas:

Candidate Party Favela Number Pledges Made
A Liga – Mandato Coletivo PSB Jacaré 40000 Marielle Franco Agenda, The City We Want
Adelson Guedes Republicanos Rocinha 10023
Aline Santos da Cruz Silva DC Cesarão 17127 Sustainable Favela Network commitment letter (in full)
Almir Napoleão DC Complexo do Alemão 27227
Aluízio Pica Pau Cidadania Rio das Pedras 23555
Andréa Aparecida Roseno NOVO Morro da Coroa 30019 Sustainable Favela Network commitment letter (in part)
Andréa Bak PSOL Praça Onze 20150 Marielle Franco Agenda, The City We Want
Bancada do Livro – Mandato Coletivo Cidadania Providência 23013 Marielle Franco Agenda
Benevides Camelô UP Cesarão 80123 Marielle Franco Agenda
Buruca PCdoB Complexo do Alemão 65544
Campanha Delas – Mandato Coletivo PCdoB 65180 Marielle Franco Agenda, The City We Want
Carlinhos da Comunidade REDE Rio das Pedras 18033
Carlinhos da Maré PL Complexo da Maré 22122
Carlos Cajazeira DEM Rio Comprido 25925
Claudete Costa PT Cidade de Deus 13722 Sustainable Favela Network commitment letter (in full), Marielle Franco Agenda
Cristina Príncipe PSD Rocinha 55018
Cuca MDB Rio das Pedras 65544
Danusia Thomaz Republicanos Morro do Adeus, Complexo do Alemão 10310 Sustainable Favela Network commitment letter (in full)
Davi Bravo NOVO Rocinha 30538
Dedé Do Gás Patriota Complexo do Alemão 51021
Del Solidariedade Complexo da Maré 77555
Djalma Santos da Silva Junior PL Fazendinha (Vaz Lobo) 22733 Sustainable Favela Network commitment letter (in full)
Dr. Rubinho da Divinéia PT Morro da Divinéia 13422
Edson da Maré PMB Complexo da Maré 35123
Edson Paiva PCdoB Complexo do Alemão 65444
Edson Santos PT Horto 13222 Sustainable Favela Network commitment letter (in full)
Elen Ferreira PCdoB Providência 65655 Marielle Franco Agenda, The City We Want
Eliana Fernandes Pinheiro Patriota Conjunto da Merk (Taquara) 51100 Sustainable Favela Network commitment letter (in part)
Erica Madrinha Solidariedade Complexo da Maré 77850
Fabinho da Feira Avante Complexo da Maré 70999
Felipe de Souza Ribeiro Nunes PCdoB Gogó de Guadalupe 65222 Sustainable Favela Network commitment letter (in full)
Fernanda Pinheiro Patriota
Conjunto Habitacional Merck
Francisco Ferreira da Silva PV Morro do Dendê 43226 Sustainable Favela Network commitment letter (in full)
Francisco Maravalho Avante Jardim América 70325 Sustainable Favela Network commitment letter (in part)
Frank Maia PP Rio das Pedras 11068
Geninho da Maré REDE Complexo da Maré 18333
Gilmar Podemos Rocinha 19999
Gilmara Cunha PT Complexo da Maré 13130
Giovanni Capano PSOL Jardim América e Penha 50070 City Councilors We Want
Gustavo Miranda dos Santos REDE Morro da Coroa 18555 Sustainable Favela Network commitment letter (in full)
Indianarae Siqueira PT Santíssimo 13169 Marielle Franco Agenda
Itamar Pinheiro de Almeida Patriota Anchieta 51386 Sustainable Favela Network commitment letter (in part)
Jackeline Nascimento Cidadania Morro Azul 23616 Sustainable Favela Network commitment letter (in full)
Jeanne Lima PSOL Muquiço/Deodoro 50188 Sustainable Favela Network commitment letter (in full)
João Raphael Ramos PT Anchieta 13321 Marielle Franco Agenda
Jorge Freire Cidadania 23113 Marielle Franco Agenda
Jorge Melo Cidadania Vila Kennedy 23394
Jota Marques PSOL Cidade de Deus 50050 Sustainable Favela Network commitment letter (in part), Marielle Franco Agenda
Juarez Ribeiro PDT Complexo do Alemão 12383
Kawan Lopes PSOL Cesarão 50040 Marielle Franco Agenda, The City We Want
Lica da Maré PTB Complexo da Maré 14355
Luciana Maria DC Nova Holanda, Complexo da Maré 27513 Sustainable Favela Network commitment letter (in part)
Luciano Medeiros PL Complexo do Alemão 22181
Malês Levante Negro PCdoB 65021 Marielle Franco Agenda
Marcelinho do Ciep PCdoB Rocinha 65555
Marcelo Diniz Solidariedade Rio das Pedras 77888
Márcio Freitas Podemos Guaxindiba (Honório Gurgel) 19711 Sustainable Favela Network commitment letter (in full)
Marco Robocop PTB Rocinha 14044
Marcus Menezes PSOL Morro da Providência 50220 Sustainable Favela Network commitment letter (in full)
Margareth Alves Dallaruvera PT Ipase/Mato Alto (Jacarepaguá) 13016 Sustainable Favela Network commitment letter (in full)
Maria dos Camelôs PSOL Japeri e Ocupação Chiquinha Gonzaga 50014 Sustainable Favela Network commitment letter (in part), Marielle Franco Agenda, City Councilors We Want
Marquinhos da Reciclagem MDB Complexo do Alemão 15155
Melissa Sá PP Rocinha 11313
Michel Uchiha PSB Japeri 40021 City Councilors We Want
Mônica Benício PSOL Complexo da Maré 50333 City Councilors We Want
Mônica Cunha PSOL Manguinhos 50007 Marielle Franco Agenda, The City We Want
Moyses Osmar da Silva Avante João XXIII – Santa Cruz 70388 Sustainable Favela Network commitment letter (in full)
Nathália do DiverCidade PT Morro do Fubá 13000 Marielle Franco Agenda
Osmar da Silva Avante João XXIII 70388
Otavio Alves Cerqueira Republicanos 10014 Sustainable Favela Network commitment letter (in part)
Pastor Alexandre Nascimento PSC Rio Das Pedras 20777
Pastor Sérgio Alves PMN Complexo da Maré 33345
Patricia Felix PSOL Vila Vintém 50800 Marielle Franco Agenda
Pipa Vieira PT Morro do Turano 65789
Prof Miria Coutinho PSOL Parque Anchieta 50567 Marielle Franco Agenda
Professora Luciana MDB Complexo da Maré 15732
Raimunda Olivia Rodrigues Cavalcante PDT PDT 12935 Sustainable Favela Network commitment letter (in full)
Renata Cavalcante PCdoB 54279 Marielle Franco Agenda
Ricardo Gomes de Oliveira PSD Bangu 55392 Sustainable Favela Network commitment letter (in full)
Robson Do Chocolate PT Fumacê 13383
Rodolfo Rocha PROS Jorge Turco 90678
Romildo Jucá PL Complexo do Alemão 22202
Sol PSOL Jacarezinho 50335 Marielle Franco Agenda
Tadeu Ribeiro PDT Complexo da Maré 12312
Tainá de Paula PT Praça Seca 13777 Sustainable Favela Network commitment letter (in full), Marielle Franco Agenda, The City We Want, City Councilors We Want
Thais Ferreira PSOL Vaz Lobo 50010 Marielle Franco Agenda, The City We Want
Valdecir Baiense Avante Complexo da Maré 70120
Vanessa Santos da Silva REDE Santa Rita/Campo Grande 18633 Sustainable Favela Network commitment letter (in full)
Vanessa Viana PSL Rocinha 17004
Vânia Dutra PSB Palmeirinha 40404 Sustainable Favela Network commitment letter (in full)
Wallace “O Abençoado” PSC Rocinha 20040
Wanderli Santos PRTB Complexo do Alemão e Parada de Lucas 28663 Sustainable Favela Network commitment letter (in full)
William da Rocinha PP Rocinha 11555
William Siri PSOL Km 32 (Nova Iguaçu) e Campo Grande 50222 Marielle Franco Agenda
Wilton Almeida Santos PTB Nova Aurora (Taquara) 14046 Sustainable Favela Network commitment letter (in full)

If you know candidates who are not listed above, write us an email at contato@rioonwatch.org.br so that we can update this article.


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