Joseph Chavez and the National Alliance: Election Preview

Joseph Chavez is entering the race for his 4th time in a row, as President, he can only campaign so much due to him having so much responsibility as President, this election is somewhat like a poll for him and the National Alliance after 2 years of leadership and 4 years of National Alliance supported government control. At 43, Chavez is still young yet his experience has formed him. The National Alliance is his party, it was founded by him and its future looks to be led by him. Though questions have been raised about the party’s future. Currently, he has 51 % approval ratings and 32% of people have him as their first choice. His vice-president, Sean Khan is running on his own, so Chavez must pick a vice-president. There has been much speculation? Will he back some to the left of him? The right?. Currently, the front-runners are Jamie Khyat an MP from Point Lee she is somewhat to the right of Chavez and may bring in moderate voters from the Conservatives and the Centrists. Evan Liu, an MP from West Xiang, brings the support of people not from the main islands and rural voters. The final choice is Mitchell Chen the governor of North Kaijan and currently an Independent governor, he can bring in Kaijanese voters who are expected to turn out in high numbers for whoever supports an independence referendum, Chavez himself has said he would support “any resolution with the support of a majority of the Kaijanese people” and that he would like to see “a referendum be held, any other option would be undemocratic in nature”. 

On other issues, Chavez stands at the center-left, he and the National Alliance pushed through massive social security and education reform package called the National Social Security and Education Bill (NSSB 2021). He has taken a peacekeeping approach to international affairs and has moved military funds towards foreign development and aid projects. He also went against some in his party saying that he is satisfied with current gun laws “the current regulations in regards to personal ownership of guns are worth preserving in the name of one’s civil rights ‘. 

So far Chavez has gone to various events around the country to promote his policy and attempt to show what he wants to do in the future. The National Alliance as a whole has a solid base in the urban voters yet has little appeal outside the major cities, since the 2019 Pact of Agreement, the Greens and National Alliance don’t run in the same districts, leaving National Alliance in areas where they have the best chance of winning. Most National Alliance voters were Left Party or Center Party voters who joined the party in the 2017 split. Many of the grassroots organizing and boots on the ground just changed their names, yet coordination of these groups took years to build together through a central organizing network. In the last election, the National Alliance had 172 seats currently along with many local offices. 

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