Federico Gutiérrez

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Federico Gutiérrez
Cerimônia de entrega de medalhas a colombianos - Federico Gutiérrez.jpg
Mayor of Medellín
Assumed office
January 1, 2016
Preceded byAníbal Gaviria
Medellín municipal councillor
In office
January 1, 2004 – December 31, 2011
Personal details
Born (1974-11-28) 28 November 1974 (age 45)
Medellín, Antioquia, Colombia
CitizenshipColombian
Political partyMovimiento Creemos
Other political
affiliations
New Party (2003)
Party of the U (2005–2011)
Spouse(s)Margarita Gómez
ParentsHernán Gutiérrez and Amparo Zuluaga
ResidenceMedellín
Alma materUniversity of Medellín and Pontifical Bolivarian University
OccupationPolitician, civil engineer, urbanist
Websitefedericogutierrez.com

Federico Gutiérrez Zuluaga (born 28 November 1974 in Medellín, Colombia) is a Colombian politician and the current mayor of Medellín since January 2016.

Education, personal life and professional career[edit]

Federico Gutiérrez was born in Medellín in 1974 to Hernán Gutiérrez Isaza and Amparo Zuluaga Gómez. He is married to Margarita Gómez Marín since 2006 and has two children, Emilio and Pedro.

He studied civil engineering and senior management at the University of Medellín and political science at the Pontifical Bolivarian University.[1] During his post-secondary studies, Gutiérrez was elected to the youth municipal council (in 1999) and served as municipal planning adviser, participating in the analysis of the city's development plan for the years 2001 to 2003.

In the private sector, Gutiérrez worked as a consultant for HGI consulting and as a resident engineer for Vifasa. Between 2011 and 2015, Gutiérrez worked as a consultant on urban security for the Autonomous City of Buenos Aires (Argentina) and the municipality of Celaya (Mexico).

Political career[edit]

Gutiérrez was elected to the Medellín municipal council in the 2003 municipal elections for the New Party (Nuevo Partido) and reelected to the same office four years later, but for the Party of the U (Partido de la U). In the 2007 election, Gutiérrez received 13,932 preferential votes, which at the time was a local record.

In 2008 during his second term he was president of the municipal council. In his first term, Gutiérrez was one of the few councillors who supported then-mayor Sergio Fajardo (2004–2008), and he later supported mayor Alonso Salazar although they later distanced themselves politically.[1]

Gutiérrez ran for mayor of Medellín in the 2011 municipal elections, as the candidate of the Party of the U backed by senator Germán Hoyos. He was marginalized in a polarized race between his two main rivals, and placed third with 18.9% of the vote (120,278 votes). Gutiérrez's 2011 mayoral aspiration was supported by former President Álvaro Uribe, although Uribe's preferred candidate, Gabriel Jaime Rico, had failed to win the Party of the U's nomination. Gutiérrez has maintained good relations with Uribism, a redoutable political force in the city and department.

2015 mayoral election[edit]

After his defeat, Gutiérrez began planning for a second mayoral candidacy, in the 2015 municipal election. He formalized his candidacy in 2014, forming an alliance with Federico Restrepo (as gubernatorial candidate) with the support of Sergio Fajardo's political movement. Both Gutiérrez and Restrepo did not seek out a political party's nomination, and instead launched their bids independently obtaining ballot access through signatures.[2]

His candidacy was challenged by former mayor Alonso Salazar, who had been Fajardo's mayoral candidate in 2007. Salazar entered the race in February 2015 and criticized Gutiérrez for being a "Trojan Horse" for Uribism, because of Gutiérrez's good relations with Uribe's supporters in the city and for supporting Uribe's presidential candidate Óscar Iván Zuluaga in the 2014 presidential election.[1][2] In June 2015, Restrepo – pressured by Fajardo – dropped his alliance with Gutiérrez and recreated his tandem with Salazar as his ally in the Medellín mayoral race.[3]

Nevertheless, Gutiérrez remained strong in the polls, although trailing Juan Carlos Vélez, the candidate of Uribe's Democratic Center by the end. Two weeks before the election, the Liberal Party's candidate Eugenio Prieto dropped out and endorsed Gutiérrez, in an effort to unite forces against Juan Carlos Vélez.[4]

Gutiérrez was the surprise winner of the mayoral election on October 25, 2015, defeating Juan Carlos Vélez by 9,589 votes (246,221 votes (35.81%) to 236,632 votes (34.42%)).

As Mayor a figure in the top positions of the National Ranking of Mayors, with Alejandro Char, Juan Pablo Gallo and Rodolfo Hernández Suárez and Marcos Daniel Pineda.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Quién es Federico Gutiérrez". La Silla Vacía. Retrieved 31 May 2016.
  2. ^ a b Lewin, Juan Esteban (11 November 2014). "Con los Federicos el fajardismo se la juega toda en Antioquia". La Silla Vacía. Retrieved 31 May 2016.
  3. ^ Lewin, Juan Esteban (26 June 2015). "El fajardismo se reunifica para sobrevivir". La Silla Vacía.
  4. ^ Lewin, Juan Esteban (7 January 2016). "Federico, el independiente". La Silla Vacía. Retrieved 1 June 2016.
  5. ^ Lewin, Juan Esteban. "Encuesta Alcaldes". CMI. Retrieved 15 June 2019.