Marian Vanghelie

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Vanghelie speaking to a Social Democratic Youth audience in Otopeni, September 2009

Daniel Marian Vanghelie (born 1968, in Bucharest) is a Romanian politician, the former mayor of the 5th Sector of Bucharest (2000-2016) and a former member of the Romanian Social Democratic Party. He ran for a fifth term in 2016 as an independent but was defeated by social-democratic candidate Daniel Florea. Vanghelie came in 3rd place, receiving fewer votes than both the social-democratic candidate and the liberal candidate, Ovidiu Raețchi.

Due to allegations of corruption made against him by the Romanian PNA, Vanghelie was excluded from the Romanian Social Democratic Party before the Bucharest 2004 local elections. Running at the time as an independent candidate, Vanghelie was the only of the six Bucharest district mayors to win from the first round, at a comfortable 27% margin.[1] Following his electoral victory, he was re-accepted in PSD, although his PNA files were not closed.[2] Vanghelie's return into the Social Democratic party brought up to two the number of district mayoral seats the PSD held to in Bucharest.

Best described as a populist, Vanghelie started his center-stage political career in the year 2000, when he was elected mayor in the same sector. Although he was not particularly well-known, Vanghelie made a name for himself through his populism. He promotes himself as a tell-it-like-it-is, if not particularly well-educated everyman, out to help the simple people. One of Vanghelie's most famous publicity stunts is the New Year's Celebrations the Fifth Sector Mayor's Office organizes every year, very popular with many of the residents of the sector, which has the lowest average income in Bucharest.

The slogan used by Adriean Videanu against him in the Bucharest 2005 mayor elections was count on the one who counts ((Romanian) "contează pe cine contează,"[3] a catch-phrase meant to disparage Vanghelie's lower-class background and lack of formal education.

Vanghelie and his wife Charlotte have a son, Alexandru (b. 1994). He has a half-brother, Paul. His parents divorced when Vanghelie was a young boy and his father, who is Jewish, emigrated to Israel, where he is a businessman.

References

  • (Romanian) Povestea lui Vanghelie, un primar de nota 5 ("Vanghelie's story, a D mayor")
  1. ^ Electoral 2004
  2. ^ BBC:Marian Vanghelie se întoarce în PSD
  3. ^ InfoPolitic
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