Dyaning Pangestika, Jakarta – The Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) has nominated Surabaya Development Planning Board head Eri Cahyadi and East Java Representative Council (DPRD) member Armudji to run for Surabaya mayor and deputy mayor respectively in the upcoming election.
Puan Maharani, a PDI-P executive, announced the nomination of the two politicians at a press conference on Wednesday, during which the party also announced several other endorsements for the simultaneous regional elections in December.
"[The PDI-P] names Eri Cahyadi and Armudji as candidates for Surabaya mayor and deputy mayor for the 2020 to 2025 period," Puan said on Wednesday.
Many supporters of Surabaya Mayor Tri "Risma" Rismaharini, a fellow PDI-P member, have backed Eri to succeed the mayor and continue her work.
In January, hundreds of Risma's supporters declared their support for Eri in the upcoming mayoral race.
Prior to his current position, Eri served as the acting head of the Surabaya Open Green Space Agency in 2018. Armudji formerly served as the chairman of Surabaya's Representative Council.
Eri is set to run against former East Java police head Machfud Arifin, who has secured the support of eight political parties, including the Golkar Party, the Gerindra Party, the NasDem Party and the Democratic Party.
Machfud recently chose former city-owned tap water company PDAM Surabaya director Mujiaman to be his running mate in the election. (dpk)