In the world of politics, local elected offices are frequently seen as stepping stones for politicians with higher goals. It is a way to build popularity and climb the political ladder to a seat in Congress, a governor’s office, or — for the truly ambitious — to the presidential palace. However, while this premise is often repeated in Brazil, traditionally the opposite has been true, with federal-level politicians choosing to aim locally.
In 2020, more than 10 percent of the House of Representatives ran in the municipal elections. Of the 70 that did so, a total of 11 were elected — three in the first round and eight in the runoff stage. The list includes major constituencies such as Recife, Maceió, São Luís, and Belém.