The Political Life Of Johnny Araya

One of the most remarkable politicians of all time is Johnny Araya, a politician from the country of Costa Rica. Born in April 1957, Johnny Araya was a candidate who ran for Presidency for the PLN party which is the National Liberation Party in Costa Rica in the year 2013. Araya has played an active role in the political scenario of Costa Rica for several decades now, beginning from the year 1982.
From the year 1998 to 2001 Araya was the Mayor of San Jose. He was again elected Mayor in 2003. Araya has taken several crucial roles in the politics of Costa Rica. He is one of the members of the National Assembly, as well as Provincial Assembly of San Jose. He is currently the members of the National Policy Board of Costa Rica and the San Jose Canton Assembly. Other positions that Araya has occupied include being the Vice President of the UCCI(Union of Ibero-American Capital Cities) which represents the regions of the Caribbean, Mexico, and Central America from the year 1996 up to the year 2000, and then from the year 2004 up to 2006. Araya has been the President Delegate as well as a member of the FMCU which is the “Bureau of the World Federation of United Cities”. He also occupied the position of Vice President of the UCCI executive committee from the year 2004 up to 2006. Between 2006 and 2008, Araya was once again the UCCI Co-President. From the year 2010 up to 2012, Araya was the Vice President of the UCCI.
Political Positions Of Araya
Araya has also occupied various other prime positions in politics such as being a member of the executive committees of the regional chapter of the UCLG from the year 2004 to the year 2006, as well being a World Council member of the UCLG from the year 2004 up to the year 2007. From the year 2006 up to 2012 Araya was also the Co-president of FLAMCA. He also became the co-president of the UCLG for a term of three years between 2010 and 2013.
Araya’s career began as an engineer in agronomics, after graduating in Agronomy from the University of Costa Rica in the year 1980. His entry into politics was in the year 1982 when he was elected as the councilor of San Jose City. As a councilor, he took part in a month-long program for the mayors of the Caribbean and Latin America at the HIID (Harvard Institute for International Development in the year 1992.
After Laura Chinchilla was barred from contesting elections in the year 2013, the PLN party of Costa Rica nominated Araya as their Presidential Candidate. The rural provinces of Costa Rica such as and Limón, Puntarenas, and Guanacaste gave him support for the elections, but he lost to Luis Guillermo Solís. Araya did not campaign for President after losing to Solis in the year 2014. Araya also happens to be Luis Alberto Monge’s nephew. Monge was the President of the Republic of Costa Rica from the year 1982 up to the year 1986.

Johnny Araya is Confident of Winning the Election

Johnny Araya Monge who is the past mayor of capital city San Jose. He has been heading the municipality for the last 22 years. He believes that the progress has been slowed down since he resigned the office 2013 after he lost the post of the presidency for a forthcoming year. President Luis Guillermo Solis defeated his in the presidential race on a quick note.
Araya who is 58 years old believes that he would definitely see success in the Sunday municipal election that is going to be held in the capital town of Costa Rica. Though he quit presidential race on 2014, he had to take this decision because of the supporters of his own party. He is confident of winning the election this time. He was interviewed by a popular news media channel and he confidently answered their questions. Let us the check the interview of the former Mayor.
Interviewer question: What made you to take the decision of facing another election in spite of failing in the last one?
Araya answer: I feel that nothing has changed. I worked as Mayor for several years and it is great for me to be in post again. I always do my tasks with passion and a lot of dedication when I was in that post. I am looking to help and implement a lot of projects in San Jose. I feel that the municipality had lost the authority and leadership in the last few years.

Interviewer question: After you resigned PLN, there were talks going that you may be a candidate to other four parties. What changed you to connect Alliance for San Jose political party?
Araya answer: I did not wish to be a member of the traditional party. I always wished to be one among the emerging group. Jose Zamora Cordero is the president of the party and he represented in 2006 and 2002 elections. In the year 2010, they did not represent and appreciated my re-election campaign. It is how my relationship and bond with Alliance for San Jose increased up. I was even attracted to the name of the party. It was actually the collaboration of various groups. It is what I always wanted. A combination of numerous community and political groups to enhance San Jose.
Interviewer question: Which sections of the population is important to you?
Araya answer: My plans are mainly to address issues faced by elderly persons, children, people with disabilities, the homeless and single mothers.
Interviewer question: What are the social developments you have accomplished?
Araya answer: We have dealt with several social projects like establishing centers for elderly people, day care centers, and also centers for people with disability and homeless. We established the project to repopulation in San Jose than others. It is the reason people wanted me to be back in position. The people feel that the city has festered and suffered a hindrance. My social development projects are beneficial to many people. We are even working on a goal to repopulate the city by starting housing projects.

Biggest Campaign Mistakes by Johnny Araya

Johnny Araya is a popular Costa Rican politician. Born in 1957, Araya is Luis Alberto Monge’s nephew. He completed his graduation as Faculty of Agronomy from the University of Costa Rica. For several years, he worked as an agronomic engineer. He was the mayor of San Jose (country’s capital) from the year 1998 to 2001. He became the major again in 2003. Johnny Araya’s ideologies and principles are unique and fresh that helped him to maintain strong party support members.

Though Araya was well organized in everything, it was said that he and his managers had made some mistakes in the recent campaign. Here in this blog, we will be discussing the mistakes, which he should not have committed.What were the changes noticed in Johnny Araya’s ideologies and principles?

Absent candidate:

  • Araya was overconfident and he took more advantage in elections.
  • It unusual in politics to afford and show off luxuries.
  • At the beginning of election campaign, he missed several debates.
  • Araya was given an image ‘absent candidate’, who is reluctant to preserve
    his ideas and tackle questions. After some days, people have started
    to question why Araya – the ruling party is not showing his face. They
    also asked whether he is using those tactics thinking that will help him
    in election.

Hire Me slogan:

Araya used the ‘hire me’ for the election campaign. It is a bad idea to use a slogan with such wordings. He was a candidate serviced as mayor for about 22 years and provided more shadows. These wordings seem to look ridiculous. Araya and his election campaign team have used their creativity in a bad sense. When he learned that it was not impressive, he withdrew from the campaign.
Patronage: Araya’s wife Sandra Leon health caravans did not harvest votes instead of Araya was brought to light at the starting stage of the campaign. It looks like a lot of changes are happening in Costa Rica slowly. Araya plays on traditional and continuous form of politics in all his appearances.
Firing at the incorrect target: The National Liberation Party and Araya focussed their political weaponry at the Jose Maria Villalta and Broad Front Party, stimulating in the course, the communism ghosts in Costa Rica. They are well versed in promoting a movement of fear and promoted but in the end their target was wrong. They missed to target another candidate which they threw a powerful strike against Araya immediately in the main round.
Araya team seem reckless and desperate: He gave a speech on February 2 and his defeat tone was well seen. He spoke that he was thrown out altogether and his message for supporters was gratitude. He also told that he is getting prepared for the second round comeback. He looks unable and powerless to inspire and motivate Liberationists. He should be a person who motivates double their efforts but it was opposite now. The actions by PLN operators seem poorly calculated in the last few months.
Araya is surprised by his action and words. His political campaign was completely wrong and it is shocking to notice these rounds of action. There is no evidence that these errors would be rectified and they would straighten the ship.