Mayor of Bologna

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Mayor of Bologna
Bologna-Stemma.png
Virginio Merola 2014 02.jpg
Incumbent
Virginio Merola

since Since 16 May 2011
Residence Palazzo d'Accursio
Appointer Popular election
Term length 5 years, renewable once
Inaugural holder Luigi Pizzari
Formation April 6, 1860
Succession May–June 2016
Deputy Sergio Porena
Salary €114,960
Website Official website

The Mayor of Bologna is an elected politician who, along with the Bologna’s City Council, is accountable for the strategic government of Bologna. Since May 16, 2011, Virginio Merola is the current mayor of Bologna.

This is a list of mayors of Bologna, Italy.

List of Mayors of Bologna[edit]

Kingdom of Italy (1860-1946)[edit]

In 1860 the nascent Kingdom of Italy created the office of the Mayor of Bologna (Sindaco di Bologna), chosen by the City council. In 1926, the Fascist dictatorship abolished mayors and City councils, replacing them with an authoritarian Podestà chosen by the National Fascist Party.

  Mayor Term start Term end Party
1 Luigi Pizzardi 6 April 1860 11 January 1862 Historical Right
2 Carlo Pepoli 11 January 1862 7 May 1866 Independent
3 Gioacchino Napoleone Pepoli 7 May 1866 6 April 1870 Historical Left
4 Camillo Casarini 6 April 1870 3 January 1875 Historical Left
5 Gaetano Tacconi 3 January 1875 29 March 1890 Historical Right
6 Guido Carli 29 March 1890 1 June 1891 Historical Left
7 Alberto Dallolio 1 June 1891 22 December 1902 Historical Left
8 Enrico Golinelli 22 December 1902 30 January 1905 Historical Left
9 Giuseppe Tanari 30 January 1905 21 November 1910 Historical Right
10 Ettore Nadalini 21 November 1910 15 July 1914 Historical Left
11 Francesco Zanardi 15 July 1914 21 November 1920 Italian Socialist Party
12 Enio Gnudi 21 November 1920 4 March 1923 Italian Socialist Party
13 Umberto Puppini 4 March 1923 26 December 1926 National Fascist Party
Fascist Podestà (1926-1945)
1 Leandro Arpinati 26 December 1926 22 September 1929 National Fascist Party
2 Antonio Carranti 22 September 1929 10 July 1930 National Fascist Party
3 Giovanni Battista Berardi 10 July 1930 1 October 1933 National Fascist Party
4 Angelo Manaresi 1 October 1933 10 July 1936 National Fascist Party
5 Cesare Colliva 10 July 1936 23 November 1939 National Fascist Party
6 Enzo Ferné 23 November 1939 26 August 1943 National Fascist Party
7 Mario Agnoli 26 August 1943 25 April 1945 Republican Fascist Party
Liberation (1945-1946)
1 Giuseppe Dozza 25 April 1945 7 April 1946 Italian Communist Party

Republic of Italy (1946-present)[edit]

From 1945 to 1995, the Mayor of Bologna was chosen by the City council. Since 1995, under provisions of new local administration law (1993), the Mayor of Bologna is chosen by popular election, originally every four years, and since 1999 every five years.


Mayor of Bologna Took office Left office Party Coalition
1 Giuseppe Dozza.jpg Giuseppe Dozza 7 April 1946 2 April 1966 Italian Communist Party PCI
7 April 1946 – 2 April 1966
2 Guido Fanti.jpg Guido Fanti 2 April 1966 29 July 1970 Italian Communist Party PCI
2 April 1966 – 29 July 1970
3 Renato Zangheri.jpg Renato Zangheri 29 July 1970 29 April 1983 Italian Communist Party PCI
29 July 1970 – 29 April 1983
4 Renzo Imbeni.jpg Renzo Imbeni 29 April 1983 27 February 1993 Italian Communist Party PCI
29 April 1983 – 27 February 1993
Elected mayors (1993-present)
5 Bologna-Stemma.png Walter Vitali 27 February 1993 27 June 1999 Democratic Party of the Left then
Democrats of the Left
PDS - FdV
27 February 1993 – 27 June 1999
6 Bologna-Stemma.png Giorgio Guazzaloca 27 June 1999 14 June 2004 Your Bologna TB - FI - AN
27 June 1999 – 14 June 2004
7 Sergio Cofferati.jpg Sergio Cofferati 14 June 2004 22 June 2009 Democrats of the Left then
Democratic Party
The Olive Tree
14 June 2004 – 22 June 2009
8 Flavio Delbono.jpg Flavio Delbono 22 June 2009 16 May 2011[1] Democratic Party PD - IdV - FdS - Greens
22 June 2009 – 16 May 2011
9 Virginio Merola 2014 02.jpg Virginio Merola 16 May 2011 Incumbent Democratic Party PD - SEL - IdV
16 May 2011 – Incumbent

Timeline[edit]

Virginio Merola Flavio Delbono Sergio Cofferati

Elections[edit]

Mayoral and Council election, 2004[edit]

The election took place on June 12–13, 2004.

The main candidates were the trade uniononist Sergio Cofferati, supported by Romano Prodi's The Olive Tree, and the incumbent mayor Giorgio Guazzaloca, supported by some center-right civic lists.

Bologna Mayoral Election Results 2004
Name Party 1st Round
(June 12–13)
 %
Sergio Cofferati Democrats of the Left 140,795 55.2
Giorgio Guazzaloca Civic List - Forza Italia 102,221 40.6

Mayoral and Council election, 2009[edit]

The election took place in two rounds: the first on June 6–7 and the second on June 21–22, 2009.

The main candidates were the university teacher Flavio Delbono, from the Democratic Party, and Alfredo Cazzola.

Bologna Mayoral Election Results 2009
Name Party 1st Round
(June 6–7)
 % 2nd Round
(June 21–22)
 %
Flavio Delbono Democratic Party 112,131 49.4 112,667 60.7
Alfredo Cazzola Civic List - People of Freedom 66,058 29.1 73,020 39.3

Mayoral and Council election, 2011[edit]

The election took place on May 15–16, 2011.

The election took place before the end of the legislature because the incumbent mayor Flavio Delbono, who was under investigation because of the Cinziagate scandal, resigned.

For 15 months, Bologna was governed under a special commissioner (Anna Maria Cancelleri), an exceptional event in post-war Italian politics.

On May 16, Virginio Merola of the Democratic Party won the election at the first round, defeating the Lega Nord candidate, Manes Bernardini. The turnout was just 71%, a decrease compared to 2009 and 2004 elections. Beppe Grillo's Five Star Movement took nearly 10% of the votes.

Bologna Mayoral Election Results 2011
Name Party 1st Round
(May 15–16)
 %
Virginio Merola Democratic Party 106,070 50.47
Manes Bernardini Lega Nord 63,799 30.35
Bologna Council Election 2011 - Parties [2]
Coalition votes  % seats Party votes  % seats
Center-left (Merola) 102,560 54.3 22 Democratic Party
Left Ecology Freedom
Italy of Values
Communist Refoundation Party
Italian Socialist Party
72,335
19,358
6,983
2,766
1,118
38.3
10.2
3.7
1.5
0.6
17
4
1
-
-
Center-right (Bernardini) 51,642 27.3 9 People of Freedom
Lega Nord
31,374
20,268
16.6
10.7
6
3

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ He resigned following the so-called Cinziagate scandal. Until May 2011 the local government was then presided by Anna Maria Cancellieri, a state-appointed prefect.[1]
  2. ^ [2] Italian Ministry of the Interior - 2011.