Dorin Chirtoacă 

                                      Former Mayor of Chisinau                                        

Chairman of the Liberal Party

Born in 1978, he is the son of Ion Chirtoacă and Valentina Ghimpu, sister of Liberal Party leader Mihail Ghimpu. Chirtoacă was educated in Romania – receiving a baccalaureate degree from Costache Negruzzi College in Iasi and then a law degree from the University of Bucharest in 2001. From 2001 to 2003 he worked as a producer at TVR1, a television station in Romania. In 2003, he joined the Helsinki Committee for Human Rights as their Project Coordinator for Moldova.

Chirtoacă joined his uncle’s Liberal Party in 2005 and was nominated by that party to run for mayor of Chisinau. After two invalidated rounds of voting (due to prohibitively low voter turnout), Chirtoacă came in second to independent candidate Vasile Ursu. In June 2007, he ran again and won, garnering over 60 percent of the vote and defeating the communist candidate, Iordan Veaceslav. Chirtoacă was only 29 when he became mayor, making him the youngest to ever hold that office in Chisinau. He was reelected in 2011, winning just over 50 percent of the vote.

As mayor, Chirtoacă has advocated movement towards EU integration and urged membership in other Western associations, including NATO. Like his uncle, Chirtoacă supports reintegration with Romania, but has not aggressively pursued the matter.

Dorin Chirtoacă is the most prominent politician of his generation. He has cross-party support that could translate into a run for higher office. For the time being, Chirtoacă seems comfortable as mayor of the capital city. However, it is possible that he could declare candidacy for the 2014 parliamentary elections and lead a revitalized Liberal Party therein.

After a criminal case was opened against him in May 2017 and after a failed recall referendum  in November, Chirtoaca resident on February 16, 2018, opening the way for early mayoral elections.

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