Meet Brazil’s presidential candidates

Brasil de Fato looked into the history and platforms of major presidential candidates in the country’s October elections

Fernando Haddad

55 years old
Workers’ Party (PT)
Electoral Alliance: The People Happy Again (PT/PCdoB/PROS)
Running mate: Manuela D’ávila (PCdoB)
Assets: R$428,451.09 (~US$100,000)

Born in São Paulo, he joined the Workers’ Party in 1983 at age 20, when he was a student activist. He holds a Law degree, a master’s degree in Economy, and a doctor’s degree in Philosophy from the University of São Paulo. He served as minister of Education between 2005 and 2012 during the Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva and Dilma Rousseff administrations, and as the mayor of São Paulo between 2013 and 2016. Haddad is acknowledged for creating the University for All Program (ProUni) during his term at the Ministry of Education, a program that offers scholarships to low-income students at private colleges.

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Jair Bolsonaro

63 years old
Social Liberal Party (PSL)
Electoral alliance: Brazil Above Everything, God Above Everyone (PSL/PRTB)
Running mate: Hamilton Mourão (PRTB)
Assets: R$2,286,779.48 (~US$550,000)

A former military officer and P.E. teacher, Jair Bolsonaro has been a federal representative since 1991, serving for seven terms for five different parties. The PSL is the 9th party he has joined in his political career. In 2017, he was found guilty and sentenced to pay R$10,000 damages (~US$2500) to Workers’ Party congresswoman Maria do Rosário after he told her he wouldn’t rape her because she "wasn’t worth it.” In 2018, Brazil’s Attorney General filed charges against him for racist remarks against quilombolas (descendants of escaped slaves who settled in rural communities), indigenous people, refugees, women, and LGBT people during a speech in Rio de Janeiro.

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