|Governor of Río Negro|
January 1, 2012
|Preceded by||Carlos Soria|
|Vice-Governor of Río Negro|
December 10, 2011 – January 1, 2012
|Preceded by||Bautista Mendioroz|
|Succeeded by||Ana Piccinini|
|Mayor of Cipolletti|
December 10, 2007 – December 7, 2011
|Succeeded by||Abel Baratti|
October 11, 1962 |
El Bolsón, Río Negro
|Political party||Juntos Somos Río Negro|
Born in El Bolsón, Río Negro, he joined the center-left Broad Front, and was elected mayor of Cipolletti, Río Negro Province, in 2007. He became a supporter of Kirchnerism and was elected Vicegovernor in 2011; he was also named Vice President of the Broad Front on December 17, serving with Adriana Puiggrós.
Weretilneck joined Justicialist Party nominee Carlos Soria in December 2010 as his running mate for the 2011 gubernatorial campaign; while they belonged to different parties, their coalition was endorsed by both Weretilneck's Broad Front and President Cristina Kirchner's Front for Victory (which headed the Justicialist Party). Elected with Soria that September in a landslide, Weretilneck became governor on January 1, 2012, after the sudden death of Governor Soria.
Weretilneck's administration worked closely with the opposition UCR in the Provincial Legislature, while also participating in housing plans funded by the Federal Government which allowed the construction of 2,600 homes. During his first term the Viedma Riverwalk was built, as well as the repavement of Routes 3 and 251 (which serve the province's remote southern half). He also inaugurated 22 new primary schools and extended the school; among the new schools opened was the Lucerinta Cañumil Elementary School, the first officially bilingual Mapudungun/Spanish school in the province.
Governor Weretilneck was comfortably reelected to a second term in 2015. His Juntos Somos Río Negro (Together We Are Río Negro) alliance defeated the Front for Victory (FpV) candidate, Senator Miguel Ángel Pichetto, by 53% to 34%.
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- "Adriana Puiggrós es la nueva Presidenta del Frente Grande". Frente Grande. 17 December 2011.
- "Frente Grande: Conformidad por la consolidación de la formula Soria – Weretilneck". Bariloche Digital. 19 December 2010.
- "Tras un confuso episodio, murió el gobernador de Río Negro, Carlos Soria". La Nación. 1 January 2012.
- "Weretilneck abrió las sesiones de la Legislatura". Bariloche 2000. 1 March 2014.
- "Weretilneck inauguró la obra de la Costaners Sur de Viedma". ADN Río Negro. 6 December 2013.
- "Weretilneck inauguró el anhelado edificio de la escuela de Chacay Huarruca". Gobierno de Río Negro. 28 November 2013.
- "Weretilneck wins comfortably in election for Río Negro governor". Buenos Aires Herald. 14 June 2015.