During his career, he has been deputy mayor of Venice for Mestre (1995–2005) and member of the Regional Council of Veneto (2000–2010). In 2010 he launched IDEA – List for Veneto in order to broaden the base of Greens in Veneto, but somewhat surprisingly he was not re-elected.
In 2010 he won 35% of the vote in the centre-left primary election for mayor of Venice and barely won the nomination (the winner was Giorgio Orsoni with a mere 46% of the vote). Bettin is currently member of the municipal executive of Venice.
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