Over 1,500 Foreign-Born Candidates Seek Office in Brazil

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter

SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – This year’s municipal elections in Brazil will have 1,542 foreign-born naturalized-Brazilians running for city council and mayoral posts, including for mayor in two state capitals.

That is the case of Carlos Enrique Franco Amastha. Amastha candidate of the Brazilian Socialist Party (PSB) was born in Barranquilla, Colombia and is trying to be re-elected as mayor of Palmas, Tocantins. In 2012, Amastha made history by being the first foreign-born elected mayor of a Brazilian capital.

“I’m seeking re-election because it is frustrating leaving . . .

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