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PLN, ML, PUSC and PAC Have Elected Their Candidates for Nicoya’s Mayor Elections
By Oliver Pérez

Four political parties have their candidates ready so that, on December 6th, the Nicoyanos will be able to elect their next Mayor, who will be in charge of the Municipalidad during the next six years.

The Partido Acción Ciudadana (PAC) presented Aura Salas; for the Partido Liberación Nacional (PLN) the candidate is Marco Antonio Jiménez Muñoz; in the Movimiento Libertario (ML) party the elected candidate is Marvin Vargas and, for the Partido Unidad Social Cristiana (PUSC), Ovidio Jimenez Salazar was presented. Diverse demands and needs await the upcoming Mayor, who will be elected to manage the ¢2 thousand million colones annual budget that is at the disposal of the city council.

In this first part, the VON presents its readers with a profile of each of the candidates; in upcoming issues we will explore the goals, proposals and tools that each of them has to offer for the area’s development during the six years that one of them will be governing this canton of 43 thousand inhabitants.

Partido Acción Ciudadana
Aura Salas Vargas

Age: 52 years old
Occupation: social worker and attorney
Born in: Nicoya
Place of residence: Barrio San Martín
Why do you want to be Mayor?
Because I believe Nicoya must head down a prosperous path. Our party is qualified to make a change, especially because our canton has been stalled for so long.

Partido Liberacion Nacional
Marco Antonio Jiménez Muñoz

Age: 45 years old
Occupation: Municipal secretary
Marital status: Divorced
Born in: San José
Positions held: Municipal Executive Assistant of San José, Assistant at the Asamblea Legislativa, Nicoya’s Municipal Executive (1994), Municipal Secretary
Why should you be Mayor?
“I know the Institution internally and I have analyzed what the local governments are doing. I want to improve municipal services. I want to integrate the commercial activities with the environment and the coastal areas. It is necessary that the investment made in the coastal areas be of quality and not quantity”.

Movimiento Libertario
Marvín Vargas Zúñiga

Age: 54 years old
Occupation: Retired, Physics and Mathematics teacher
Marital status: Married
Born in: Barrio Los Ángeles, Nicoya
Positions held: 10 years as National Treasurer for the Asociación Nacional de Educadores de Segunda Enseñaza. He also worked at the Liceo de Nicoya and at the Liceo Nocturno de Nicoya high schools.
Why should you be Mayor?
“It is an ideal that I have, in which my goal is to end with over 40 years of the traditional political parties running the Municipalidad. I want a change in Nicoya”.
Partido Unidad Social Cristiana
Ovidio Jiménez Salazar

Age: 54 years old
Occupation: Businessman
Marital status: Married
Children: 3
Place of residence: Belén, Nicoya
Why do you want to be Mayor?
I want to give the credibility back to the area’s residents, with efficiency, diligence, transparency and hard work. At 54 years of age, I have no problems with justice. I have enough municipal experience and moral principles to occupy the Mayor’s office.



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INS’s 2002 Donation for Schools is Still Missing
• Donation amounted to almost ¢41 million colones
• The Asociación de Juegos Deportivos Nacionales was the organization responsible for financing

Nicoya’s Colegio Agropecuario and the Escuela de San Martín are still waiting for the almost ¢41 million colones donation that was made by the Instituto Nacional de Seguros (INS) in 2002 for the improvement of their sports facilities. More >

Serapio López Fajardo School in Nosara has problems with the school board
Municipalidad Removes President of Nosara’s
Education Board

The Concejo Municipal (Municipal Council) unanimously voted to remove Juan José López Castillo, President of the Junta de Educación (Education Board) of the Escuela Serapio López in Nosara, from office due to apparent financial anomalies that took place during his time in office. More >

Interview with Juan José “Adonai” López Castillo, Former President of the Education Board of the Escuela Serapio López
“I have all the Bills and Receipts for what was Purchased”

Is it true that Orlando Villarreal donated one million colones to the Education Board?
Yes. First, he wrote a check payable to the Board of Nosara but, as you know, there is no Board of Nosara, only a Board of Education. Since we were unable to cash the check my fellow Board member, Eraida Matarrita (Vocal 1), and I went looking for Orlando in order to explain that the check could not be cashed. More >

Interview with Zulay Salas Valenciano, Nicoya’s Regional Director for the MEP

Did you advise that Juan José López Castillo be dismissed?
There was an investigation done by the Supervising Adviser, Damaris Díaz Hernández, and its results indicated that a replacement should be requested by the Municipalidad, which is the entity that appoints the Juntas de Educación (Education Boards) members, so the file was sent and they made the resolution. More >

US Consul visit in Nosara
Consul General to crowd: Fight crime together

The crowd couldn’t wait to vent. Before Paul Birdsall, Consul General of the U.S. Embassy to Costa Rica, could get out his thoughts on deterring crime, the crowd erupted with a litany of frustrations about the thefts and burglaries taking place in this coastal tourist town. More >

Interview with Grecy Castrillo Hernandez – Nicoya’s OIJ Operations Coordinator
“Crime in Nosara is not violent”

Has there been a rise in crime rates in Nosara?
Yes, whenever there is a growth in tourism, there is also a growth in delinquency.

According to Jason Vargas, Chief of Nosara’s Tourist Police, during the past nine months crime rates have not increased. Do you agree?
Yes, and not only did it not increase but it even decreased, not drastically, but we are aware that it has decreased.
More >



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