Attilio Fontana

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Attilio Fontana
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President of Lombardy
Assumed office
26 March 2018
Preceded byRoberto Maroni
Mayor of Varese
In office
29 May 2006 – 19 June 2016
Preceded byAldo Fumagalli (LN)[1]
as Mayor of Varese

Sergio Porena
as Special Commissioner
Succeeded byDavide Galimberti (PD)
Personal details
Born (1952-03-28) 28 March 1952 (age 66)
Varese, Italy
Political partyLega Nord

Attilio Fontana (born 28 March 1952) is an Italian politician from Varese, Lombardy. A member of Lega Nord, he has served as President of Lombardy since 2018.

Biography[edit]

A long-time member of Lega Lombarda and Lega Nord (LN), he was Mayor of Induno Olona from 1995 to 1999.[2] Fontana, with LN, was elected in the 2000 regional election and 2005 regional election to the Regional Council of Lombardy, of which he functioned as President until July 2006.[3] He stepped down from the post after being elected Mayor of Varese with 57.8% of the vote in the first round of 28 May 2006.[4] He was re-elected in May 2011 with 53.8% of the vote in a run-off.[5] Fontana, ineligible to run for reelection due to term limits,[6] left the office in June 2016. In 2007 Fontana was the lawyer of Andrea Mascetti in the case against Michele Santoro from who they won.[7]

Some journalists in July 2016 speculated a nomination of Fontana as LN candidate in 2018 election for President of Lombardy if the incumbent President of Region Roberto Maroni (who was elected in 2013 regional election for a 5 year term with the support of Lega Lombarda and Lega Nord – the parties of Maroni and Fontana – and with the support of the other parties members of the 2013 center right coalition) will not run for a second consecutive (and final) term; in January 2018, when Maroni announced his retirement from politics, Fontana was selected as Centre-right (composed by FI, LN, FdI, EpL, NcI and his civic personal list named "Fontana List" composed by members of PP, RC, MNS and also by civic, independent and non-partisans members) candidate to the Presidency of Lombardy.

On 15 January 2018,[8] Fontana stated that the white race and the Western culture were in danger[8] due to the migration flows from Africa.[8] This created lot of protests and criticisms[9] from the centre-left Democratic Party (PD) and also the anti-establishment Five Star Movement (M5S).[9] After the controversy he apologised for his remarks, declaring that it was a slip and an expressive error. Fontana's principal rivals are Giorgio Gori (PD) and Dario Violi (M5S). On 4 March 2018 Fontana won 50% (Gori 29%, Violi 17%) in the regional election.[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Elected in 2002 election, Aldo Fumagalli was the Mayor in office until 11 October 2005 when he resigned from the office
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-03-11. Retrieved 2014-03-11.
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-07-22. Retrieved 2012-07-22.
  4. ^ "Dipartimento per gli Affari Interni e Territoriali". elezionistorico.interno.it.
  5. ^ "Dipartimento per gli Affari Interni e Territoriali". elezionistorico.interno.it.
  6. ^ After two consecutive terms, a Mayor (and a President of Region) is not re-eligible for a third consecutive term: for more news, see Italian electoral law of 1993 for Comuni (2004 for Region)
  7. ^ "MICHELE SANTORO CONDANNATO A VARESE PER DIFFAMAZIONE - Napoli la Repubblica.it". napoli.repubblica.it.
  8. ^ a b c "White race at risk - Fontana on migrants (2) - English". 15 January 2018.
  9. ^ a b "Italian political candidate in race storm".
  10. ^ [1]
Political offices
Preceded by
Aldo Fumagalli (LN)
Mayor of Varese
2006–2016
Succeeded by
Davide Galimberti (PD)
Preceded by
Roberto Maroni (LN)
President of Lombardy
2018–present
Succeeded by
Incumbent
Party political offices
Preceded by
Roberto Maroni (LN)
2013
Centre-right coalition
nominee for President of Lombardy

2018
Succeeded by
Most recent (party)
2023
Preceded by
Aldo Fumagalli (LN)
2002
Centre-right coalition
nominee for Mayor of Varese

2006 and 2011
Succeeded by
Paolo Orrigoni (FI)
2016