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FACTBOX: Regional election candidates

Voting in 13 Italian regions out of 20

26 March, 17:25
FACTBOX: Regional election candidates (ANSA) - Rome, March 25 - These are the main candidates running for regional president in the March 28-29 elections.

For more about the parties see Factbox: Regional Elections.

PIEDMONT.

* Center left - Mercedes Bresso (Democratic Party, incumbent). President of the region since 2005. She is also supported by the centrist Catholic opposition UDC.

* Center right - Roberto Cota (Northern League). Currently his party's House whip, he is backed by Premier Silvio Berlusconi's People of Freedom (PdL) party.

LOMBARDY.

* Center left - Filippo Penati (PD). Former mayor of Sesto San Giovanni and Milan provincial president.

* Center right - Roberto Formigoni (PdL, incumbent).

President of the Lombardy region since 1995, he is running for his fourth term in office also backed the Northern League. * Catholic centrist UDC - Savino Pezzotta. Former leader of the CISL, Italy's second biggest trade union, and now an MP.

VENETO.

* Center left - Giuseppe Bortolussi (PD). AVenice city councillor.

* Center right - Luca Zaia (Northern League). Current agriculture minister, former Veneto region vice president and longtime party heavyweight, he is also backed by the PdL. * UDC - Antonio De Poli. Now an MP, formerly a Veneto regional councillor.

LIGURIA.

* Center left - Claudio Burlando (PD, incumbent). President of the region since 2005 and former transport minister. He is also supported by the UDC.

* Center right - Sandro Biasotti (PdL). Former president of the region and now an MP.

EMILIA-ROMAGNA.

* Center left - Vasco Errani (PD, incumbent). President of the region since 2000, he is running for his third term.

* Center right - Anna Maria Bernini (PdL). An MP and well-known lawyer who represented tenor Luciano Pavarotti. * UDC - Gian Luca Galletti. Former Bologna city councillor for commerce and his party's economic pointman.

MARCHE.

* Center left - Gian Mario Spacca (PD, incumbent).

President of the region since 2005, he is also backed by UDC. * Center right - Erminio Marinelli (PdL). Deputy mayor and city councillor for culture in the town of Civitanova Marche.

TUSCANY.

* Center left - Enrico Rossi (PD). Tuscany's current regional health councillor.

* Center right - Monica Faenzi (PdL). Former Grosseto city councillor for culture and now an MP.

* UDC - Francesco Bosi. Former defense undersecretary and now an MP.

UMBRIA.

* Center left - Catiuscia Marini (PD). Mayor of Todi.

* Center right - Fiammetta Modena (PdL). Former regional vice president.

* UDC - Paola Binetti. An MP and former member of the PD party before joining the UDC in mid-February.

LAZIO.

* Center left - Emma Bonino (PD). A Deputy Senate speaker, former European commissioner, two-time former minister of commerce and European affairs and a Radical Party heavyweight.

* Center right - Renata Polverini (PdL). First woman in Italy to lead a trade union, the center-right UGL. She is also backed in by the UDC.

CAMPANIA.

* Center left - Vincenzo De Luca (PD). Long-time mayor of Salerno.

* Center right - Stefano Caldoro (PdL). Former government programmes minister, he is also supported by the UDC.

PUGLIA.

* Center left - Nichi Vendola (Ecology, Left and Freedom party, incumbent). President of the region since 2005, he is running with the support of the PD.

* Center right - Rocco Palese (PdL). The opposition whip on Puglia's regional council.

* UDC - Adriana Poli Bortone. Currently an MEP.

BASILICATA.

* Center left - Vito De Filippo (PD, incumbent). President of the region since 2005, he is also backed by the UDC.

* Center right - Nicola Pagliuca (PdL). Former mayor of Melfi. CALABRIA.

* Center left - Agazio Loiero (PD, incumbent). President of the region since 2005 and former parliamentary affairs minister.

* Center right - Giuseppe Scopelliti (PdL). Current mayor of Reggio Calabria, he is also backed by the UDC.

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