435 vying for elective posts in Oriental Mindoro

A total of 435 candidates are vying for various posts in Oriental Mindoro in the upcoming polls, Commission on Elections record shows.

Five are gunning for congressional seat in the first district and seven in the second district.

Vice-Governor Estee Aceron is the only woman among the 12 House of Representatives contenders, who also include first district reelectionist Congressman Rodolfo Valencia and former representative Renato Leviste.

In the gubernatorial race, Representative Alfonso Umali Jr., who is on his third and last term as second district representative of Oriental Mindoro, challenges the reelection bid of Governor Arnan Panaligan.

Three are competing for the vice gubernatorial post: Marcos Bacay, Board Member Humerlito Dolor and Calapan City Vice Mayor Rafael Infantado.

In the mayoral race, 35 are vying for 15 posts up for grabs in the May 10 elections. There are 39 vice mayoral candidates and 318 city and town council bets.

In the capital Calapan City, Mayor Doy Leachon is seeking reelection in a two-way race that pits him against former Calapan vice mayor Robert Paras.

The resort town of Puerto Galera has three candidates battling for the mayoral post who are all from the Atienza political clan: reelectionist Mayor Hubbert Christopher Atienza Dolor, former mayor Aristeo Evangelista Atienza, and Zeus Anis Atienza.

Oriental Mindoro is composed of one city and 14 municipalities, which are subdivided into 426 barangays. As of May 2009, it has 392, 210 registered voters.

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