If a Jan. 15 poll is accurate, the next mayor of Atenas will be a former Atenas mayor who was relieved at that position in 2011 on the recommendation of the comptroller general.
A poll of 400 Atenas voters gives Wilberth Aguilar Gatjens of the Partido Unidad Social Cristiana a whopping 41 percent to 19 percent lead over Juan Carlos Dengo, Partido Liberación Nacional.
A report of the poll was posted on the ex-mayor’s Web site.
Aguilar was Atenas mayor from 2007 to 2011 before being removed from office by the Tribunal Supremo de Elecciones
on an allegation that he was authorizing payments to build sidewalks and a park irrigation system that were never built.
Aguilar has always maintained his innocence and appealed his censure. Still, he was replaced by Querima Bérmudez Villegas, who is now the outgoing mayor.
The other Atenas mayoral candidates are: Rafael Ramos Méndez (Partido Frente Amplio), Victor Alpizar Castro (Partido Acción Ciudadana), Carol Chaves Arce (Partido Movimento Libertario) and Alejandro Chaves Ovares (Partido Republicano Social Cristiano).
The population of Atenas is 27,798 with 8,326 registered voters who will also elect city council members Feb. 7.