M5S re-joins fray for Milan mayor election

Gianluca Corrado to run against Sala, Parisi.

Beppe Grillo’s grass-roots MoVimento Cinque Stelle (M5S) has chosen 39-year-old lawyer Gianluca Corrado to run in the June elections to replace outgoing mayor Giuliano Pisapia.

Corrado’s candidature replaces that of Patrizia Bedori, who withdrew from the race last month after a hurtful controversy of an uncalled-for personal natural in the media and even within her own movement. He was her runner-up in the original online primary.

Corrado, hailing from Lipari but Milanese by adoption, will be competing with businessman Stefano Parisi who has the support of Silvio Berlusconi and Matteo Salvini (Lega Nord) and former Expo Milano 2015 commissioner Giuseppe Sala, who won the Partito Democratico (PD) primaries. Other candidates have not yet been announced, but with the nomination of Corrado the three major political groupings are now represented.

Celebrating his nomination, Corrado said he intends to make Milan more family-friendly, and to push for renewal in the outlying suburbs with shops, park and museums. He also promised action to reduce atmospheric pollution and make the city safer for residents.