Public Figures in Political Circles, from Regent to Governor

Ahead of the regional elections in 2022, a number of public figures consisting of actresses / actors / celebrities have entered the regional head candidate market. The Jakarta Pilkada is no exception, classy names such as Raffi Ahmad, Agnes Monika, and Baim Wong are said to be strong candidates for the current Jakarta governor, Anies Baswedan. Berita Hari Ini

Recently, the name of the involvement of public figures in national politics is not new. Since the 1998 reform era, public figures have been used by a number of parties to increase their popularity.

Even the names of several public figures have now occupied important positions in the national political chess, some are members of the DPR, Ambassador, members of DPRD, Provincial Governors, as well as Regents or Mayors in a number of regions. Berita Terkini

14 people from the DPR

In 2019, for example, in the legislative elections that year, there were at least 14 artists sitting in the Senayan hot seat. They even occupied a number of important positions in the party structure. Like Eko Hendro Purnomo or Eko Patrio, which is a comedy group from Patrio.

The 2019 legislative election is the third time that the husband of Viona Rosalina has become a legislative member. Previously, Eko was also elected twice in the 2009 and 2014 legislative elections. While in the 2019 legislative elections, he was able to get 104,564 votes from the DKI Jakarta Electoral District 1. Now apart from sitting in Senyan, Eko is also trusted to be the Chair of the Jakarta National Mandate Party (PAN) DPW. Berita politik

Apart from Eko, there were also a number of other artist names, they were then spread across several parties, namely four members from the PDI-P, namely Rieke Dyah Pitaloka, Krisdayanti, Rano Karno, and Nico Siahaan. Three people from PAN who were filled by Desy Ratnasari, Primus Yustisio, and Eko Patrio. PKB two people, namely Tomy Kurniawan and Arzeti Bilbina. As well as Gerindra, Nasdem, the Democrat Party, and the Golkar Party, namely Mulan Jameela (Gerindra), Muhammad Farhan (Nasdem), Dede Yusuf Macan Effendi (Democratic Party), and Nurul Arifin (Golkar).

However, if you compare all the members of the DPR, which totaled 575 people, the artist quota alone is only 2.4 percent of all DPR members. Meanwhile, based on the records of legislative candidates in the 2019 legislative election, there were 91 public figures who fought with 7,877 other candidates from 20 political parties in 34 provinces in Indonesia.

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Meanwhile for the Regional Parliament, it was noted that the former child singer Tina Toon was the only artist who won the competition for members of the regional legislature. The bolo bolo singer is now listed as a member of the DKI Jakarta DPRD from the PDI Perjuangan. Avril Lavigne Fanpage

Meanwhile, for the position of Regional Head, public figures are often juxtaposed with community leaders to boost their popularity during the Regional Head Elections (Pilkada). Some of them have succeeded in being successful in political battles.

Call it Rano Karno. Long before becoming a member of the Indonesian Parliament. The actor who plays Kasdullah alias Doel in the legendary soap opera Si Doel, Anak Sekolahan, was the Deputy Regent of Tangerang from 2008-2013. He then left the deputy post and fought in the Banten Governor Election in 2012 with Ratu Atut Chosiyah in the 2012 Banten Pilkada and won.

He even served as the Governor of Banten in 2014 when Atut stumbled on corruption in 2014. Had come back as Governor of Banten in 2017, but Rano, who was alongside Embay Mulya Syarief, was narrowly defeated by Atut’s son, Andika Hazrumy who was then juxtaposed with Wahidin Halim .

Apart from Rano, Dede Yusuf, who had served as Deputy Governor of West Java for the 2008-2013 period, was side by side with Ahmad Heryawan (Aher). Unfortunately in the next period from 2013 to 2018, Dede Yusuf had to admit Aher’s superiority, who was then juxtaposed with Deddy Mizwar or the dragon Bonar. Demiz, his nickname, had been Deputy Governor of West Java in that period but lost in 2018 by Ridwan Kamil.

In addition to the three, there is also Zumi Zola who is a soap opera actor and served as Regent of Tanjung Jabung Timur from 2011-2015 and was re-elected as Governor of Jambi in 2016, but was caught in the KPK in 2018.

Meanwhile, at the City and Regency levels, the classy name Sigit Purnomo or Pasha Ungu made him and Hidayat win in the 2016 Palu Pilkada. Pasha is still serving as Deputy Mayor of Palu until 2021.

In addition, there is also Hengky Kurniawan who is now the Deputy Regent of West Bandung Regency for the period 2018-2023. Before being elected, Hengky is known to have tried his luck five times to become Regional Head but failed.

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