Valencia City Council elections

# Valencia City Council elections

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Valencia city council elections have taken place every four years since 1979 to elect the 33 members of the local government for the city of Valencia, Spain.

The elections are held using closed list
Closed list
Closed list describes the variant of party-list proportional representation where voters can only vote for political parties as a whole and thus have no influence on the party-supplied order in which party candidates are elected...

proportional representation
Proportional representation
Proportional representation is a concept in voting systems used to elect an assembly or council. PR means that the number of seats won by a party or group of candidates is proportionate to the number of votes received. For example, under a PR voting system if 30% of voters support a particular...

in a single electoral district covering the entire city council area. Only parties which receive 5% or more of the total votes cast are eligible for seats which are then allocated on a proportional basis using the D'Hondt method
D'Hondt method
The d'Hondt method is a highest averages method for allocating seats in party-list proportional representation. The method described is named after Belgian mathematician Victor D'Hondt who described it in 1878...

of allocation. The Mayor of Valencia is chosen by the 33 councillors.

From 1979 to 1991 the Mayor came from the Spanish Socialist Workers' Party
Spanish Socialist Workers' Party
The Spanish Socialist Workers' Party is a social-democratic political party in Spain. Its political position is Centre-left. The PSOE is the former ruling party of Spain, until beaten in the elections of November 2011 and the second oldest, exceeded only by the Partido Carlista, founded in...

(PSOE) but since 1991 the Mayor has been Rita Barberá Nolla
Rita Barberá Nolla
Rita Barberá Nolla has been the Mayor of Valencia, Spain since 1991. She is a member of the National Council of the People's Party of Spain and Representative in the Valencian regional Parliament . She turned down an offer to become a national deputy at the 2008 Spanish General Election.-External...

of the People's Party
People's Party (Spain)
The People's Party is a conservative political party in Spain.The People's Party was a re-foundation in 1989 of the People's Alliance , a party led and founded by Manuel Fraga Iribarne, a former Minister of Tourism during Francisco Franco's dictatorship...

(PP), the party which has held an absolute majority of seats on the city council since the 1995 local elections.

### 1979 Local Election

Summary of the 1979 city council election result in Valencia.
|-
!style="background-color:#E9E9E9" align=left valign=top|Parties and alliances
!style="background-color:#E9E9E9" align=right|%
!style="background-color:#E9E9E9" align=right|Seats
|-
|align=left| Union of the Democratic Centre (UCD)
|align="right" |124,683
|align="right" |36.88
|align="right" |13
|-
|align=left|Spanish Socialist Workers' Party
Spanish Socialist Workers' Party
The Spanish Socialist Workers' Party is a social-democratic political party in Spain. Its political position is Centre-left. The PSOE is the former ruling party of Spain, until beaten in the elections of November 2011 and the second oldest, exceeded only by the Partido Carlista, founded in...

(PSOE)
|align="right" |122,482
|align="right" |36.23
|align="right" |13
|-
|align=left|Communist Party of Spain (PCE)
|align="right" |54,124
|align="right" |16.01
|align="right" |6
|-
|align=left|Valencian Regional Union (Unio Regional Valencianista/URV)
|align="right" valign=top|17,342
|align="right" valign=top|5.13
|align="right" valign=top|1
|-
|align=left|Communist Movement of the Valencian Country (MCPV)
|align="right" |4,131
|align="right" |1.22
|align="right" |0
|-
|align=left|Nationalist Party of the Valencian Community (PNPV)
|align="right" valign=top|4,010
|align="right" valign=top|1.19
|align="right" valign=top|0
|-
|align=left|National Union
National Union (Spain)
The National Union was a right-wing electoral coalition which contested the 1979 election. It linked Blas Piñar's Fuerza Nueva francoist party with the Carlists....

(FN)
|align="right" valign=top|27,447
|align="right" valign=top|2.54
|align="right" valign=top|0
|-
|align=left|Others
|align="right" |67,055
|align="right" |6.20
|align="right" |0
|-
|}

Out of a total electorate of 552,034, the turnout was 344,145 (62.3%.)

Candidates for Mayor were:-
• Fernando Martínez Castellanos (PSOE)
• Miguel Pastor (UCD)
• Vicente Blasco Ibáñez (URV)

Martínez was elected Mayor with the support of the PCE. When Felipe González
Felipe González
Felipe González Márquez is a Spanish socialist politician. He was the General Secretary of the Spanish Socialist Workers' Party from 1974 to 1997. To date, he remains the longest-serving Prime Minister of Spain, after having served four successive mandates from 1982 to 1996.-Early life:Felipe was...

decided to eliminate any residual Marxism from the party’s constitution he resigned in protest in September 1979. He was replaced in October 1979 by Ricard Pérez Casado
Ricard Pérez Casado is a Spanish politician and former mayor of Valencia who belongs to the governing Spanish Socialist Workers' Party ....

.

### 1983 Local Election

Summary of the 1983 city council election result in Valencia.
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!style="background-color:#E9E9E9" align=left valign=top|Parties and alliances
!style="background-color:#E9E9E9" align=right|%
!style="background-color:#E9E9E9" align=right|Change
!style="background-color:#E9E9E9" align=right|Seats
!style="background-color:#E9E9E9" align=right|Change
|-
|align=left|Spanish Socialist Workers' Party
Spanish Socialist Workers' Party
The Spanish Socialist Workers' Party is a social-democratic political party in Spain. Its political position is Centre-left. The PSOE is the former ruling party of Spain, until beaten in the elections of November 2011 and the second oldest, exceeded only by the Partido Carlista, founded in...

(PSOE)
|align="right" |186,445
|align="right" |49.04
|align="right" |+12.81
|align="right" |18
|align="right" |+5
|-
|align=left| People’s Coalition*
|align="right" |141,689
|align="right" |37.27
|align="right" |N/A
|align="right" |13
|align="right" |N/A
|-
|align=left|Communist Party of Spain (PCE)
|align="right" |28,863
|align="right" |7.59
|align="right" |-8.42
|align="right" |2
|align="right" |-4
|-
|align=left| Democratic and Social Centre (CDS)
|align="right" |7,360
|align="right" |1.94
|align="right" |N/A
|align="right" |
|align="right" |N/A
|-
|align=left|Unity of the Valencian People (UPV)
|align="right" |5,685
|align="right" |1.50
|align="right" |N/A
|align="right" |
|align="right" |N/A
|-
|align=left|Valencian Regional Union (URV)
|align="right"|4,717
|align="right"|1.24
|align="right”|-3.89
|align="right”|
|align="right"|-1
|-
|align=left|Liberal Democratic Party (PDL)
|align="right"|3,225
|align="right"|0.85
|align="right”|N/A
|align="right"|
|align="right”|N/A
|-
|align=left|Valencian Independent Organisation (OIV)
|align="right"|1,651
|align="right"|0.43
|align="right”|N/A
|align="right"|
|align="right”|N/A
|-
|align=left|Others
|align="right" |523
|align="right" |0.1
|align="right" |N/A
|align="right" |
|align="right" |N/A
|-
|}

*The People’s Coalition was an electoral alliance which consisted of 4 parties: the Popular Alliance
Popular Alliance (Spain)
The People's Alliance was a electoral coalition, and later a political party, founded in 1976 by Manuel Fraga along with six other former Francoist ministers.- History :...

, Valencian Union, Democratic Popular Party
Democratic Popular Party (Spain)
The People's Democratic Party was a christian-democratic Spanish political party.It was part of the Democratic Centre Union until 1982, when it entered into alliance with the Popular Alliance , which received the second largest number of votes in 1982 and 1986 elections.In 1989 the party, along...

and Liberal Union.

Out of a total electorate of 553,067, the turnout was 386,699 (69.9%), a 7.6% increase on the previous election.

A few months prior to the elections, the UCD, which had won the most votes in the 1979 elections, had disbanded. In their absence, the People’s Coalition took most of the right wing vote, while the PCE declined and URV lost their solitary seat. This was the only occasion to date when the PSOE won a majority of seats on Valencia City Council. Ricard Pérez Casado was re-elected Mayor.

### 1987 Local Election

Summary of the 1987 city council election result in Valencia.
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!style="background-color:#E9E9E9" align=left valign=top|Parties and alliances
!style="background-color:#E9E9E9" align=right|%
!style="background-color:#E9E9E9" align=right|Change
!style="background-color:#E9E9E9" align=right|Seats
!style="background-color:#E9E9E9" align=right|Change
|-
|align=left|Spanish Socialist Workers' Party
Spanish Socialist Workers' Party
The Spanish Socialist Workers' Party is a social-democratic political party in Spain. Its political position is Centre-left. The PSOE is the former ruling party of Spain, until beaten in the elections of November 2011 and the second oldest, exceeded only by the Partido Carlista, founded in...

(PSOE)
|align="right" |143,037
|align="right" |37.17
|align="right" |-11.87
|align="right" |13
|align="right" |-5
|-
|align=left| Valencian Union
|align="right" |77,353
|align="right" |20.10
|align="right" |N/A
|align="right" |7
|align="right" |N/A
|-
|align=left| Popular Alliance
Popular Alliance (Spain)
The People's Alliance was a electoral coalition, and later a political party, founded in 1976 by Manuel Fraga along with six other former Francoist ministers.- History :...

|align="right" |73,830
|align="right" |19.19
|align="right" |N/A
|align="right" |7
|align="right" |N/A
|-
|align=left| Democratic and Social Centre (CDS)
|align="right" |44,133
|align="right" |11.47
|align="right" |+9.53
|align="right" |4
|align="right" |+4
|-
|align=left|United Left
United Left (Spain)
The United Left is a political coalition that was organized in 1986 bringing together several political organisations opposed to Spain joining NATO. It was formed by a number of groups of leftists, greens, left-wing socialists and republicans, but was dominated by the Communist Party of Spain...

(IU) - Unity of the Valencian People (UPV)
|align="right" |30,963
|align="right" |8.05
|align="right" |N/A
|align="right" |2
|align="right" |N/A
|-
|align=left| Workers' Party
Workers' Party (Spain)
Workers Party was a communist political party in Spain. It was founded in 1979 through the merger of the Party of Labour of Spain and the Workers Revolutionary Organisation ....

(PTE) – Communist Unity
|align="right"|5,608
|align="right"|1.46
|align="right”|N/A
|align="right”|
|align="right"|N/A
|-
|align=left|Greens
|align="right"|3,225
|align="right"|0.85
|align="right”|N/A
|align="right"|
|align="right”|N/A
|-
|align=left|Valencian Electoral Coalition (CEV)
|align="right"|2,370
|align="right"|0.62
|align="right”|N/A
|align="right"|
|align="right”|N/A
|-
|align=left|Democratic Popular Party
Democratic Popular Party (Spain)
The People's Democratic Party was a christian-democratic Spanish political party.It was part of the Democratic Centre Union until 1982, when it entered into alliance with the Popular Alliance , which received the second largest number of votes in 1982 and 1986 elections.In 1989 the party, along...

(PDP)
|align="right"|1,096
|align="right"|0.28
|align="right”|N/A
|align="right"|
|align="right”|N/A
|-
|align=left|Others
|align="right" |3,140
|align="right" |0.82
|align="right" |N/A
|align="right" |
|align="right" |N/A
|-
|}

Out of a total electorate of 552,473, the turnout was 389,214 (71.4%), a 1.5% increase on the previous election.

The electoral alliance between the Popular Alliance, the Valencian Union and the Democratic Popular Party broke up in 1986 and all three parties contested the elections in their own right with Valencian Union finishing ahead of the Popular Alliance in terms of votes. The Communist Party of Spain (PCE) had formed an electoral alliance, United Left, with other left wing groupings the previous year and United Left in turn ran in the elections in a joint list with Unity of the Valencian People, however they were unable to increase the number of seats that the PCE had won in 1983. The main gains were made by CDS who won their first seats on the council.

Candidates for Mayor were:-
Ricard Pérez Casado is a Spanish politician and former mayor of Valencia who belongs to the governing Spanish Socialist Workers' Party ....

(PSOE)
• Vicent González Lizondo (UV)
• Martín Quirós (AP)
• Manuel Del Hierro (CDS)

Though PSOE had lost their overall majority, they regained the mayoralty with the support of IU and the CDS. In January 1989 Ricard Pérez Casado was replaced as Mayor by Clementina Ródenas also of the PSOE. In 1989 the Popular Alliance and the Democratic Popular Party merged with other right wing parties to form the People’s Party.

### 1991 Local Election

Summary of the 1991 city council election result in Valencia.
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!style="background-color:#E9E9E9" align=left valign=top|Parties and alliances
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!style="background-color:#E9E9E9" align=right|Change
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!style="background-color:#E9E9E9" align=right|Change
|-
|align=left|Spanish Socialist Workers' Party
Spanish Socialist Workers' Party
The Spanish Socialist Workers' Party is a social-democratic political party in Spain. Its political position is Centre-left. The PSOE is the former ruling party of Spain, until beaten in the elections of November 2011 and the second oldest, exceeded only by the Partido Carlista, founded in...

(PSOE)
|align="right" |139,272
|align="right" |37.65
|align="right" |+0.48
|align="right" |13
|align="right" |
|-
|align=left| People's Party (Spain)
People's Party (Spain)
The People's Party is a conservative political party in Spain.The People's Party was a re-foundation in 1989 of the People's Alliance , a party led and founded by Manuel Fraga Iribarne, a former Minister of Tourism during Francisco Franco's dictatorship...

(PP)
|align="right" |95,238
|align="right" |25.74
|align="right" |N/A
|align="right" |9
|align="right" |N/A
|-
|align=left| Valencian Union (UV)
|align="right" |80,500
|align="right" |21.76
|align="right" |+1.66
|align="right" |8
|align="right" |+1
|-
|align=left|United Left
United Left (Spain)
The United Left is a political coalition that was organized in 1986 bringing together several political organisations opposed to Spain joining NATO. It was formed by a number of groups of leftists, greens, left-wing socialists and republicans, but was dominated by the Communist Party of Spain...

(IU)
|align="right" |29,855
|align="right" |8.07
|align="right" |+0.02
|align="right" |3
|align="right" |+1
|-
|align=left|Greens
|align="right"|8,945
|align="right"|2.42
|align="right”|+1.57
|align="right"|
|align="right”|
|-
|align=left| Democratic and Social Centre (CDS)
|align="right" |7,774
|align="right" |2.10
|align="right" |-9.31
|align="right" |
|align="right" |-4
|-
|align=left|Unity of the Valencian People (UPV)
|align="right" |5,982
|align="right" |1.62
|align="right" |N/A
|align="right" |
|align="right" |N/A
|-
|align=left|Others
|align="right" |2,374
|align="right" |0.64
|align="right" |N/A
|align="right" |
|align="right" |N/A
|-
|}

Out of a total electorate of 591,157, the turnout was 374,946 (63.4%), an 8% decrease on the previous election.

One of the main features of the election was the collapse in support for the CDS, who lost their representation on the council. As a result all the main four groupings, the PSOE, IU, PP and UV, increased their vote share, with PP gaining 2 seats relative to the Popular Alliance’s 1987 performance and both UV and IU gaining a seat.

Candidates for Mayor were:-
• Clementina Ródenas (PSOE)
• Rita Barberà (PP),
• Vicente González Lizondo
Vicente González Lizondo
Vicente González Lizondo was a Spanish politician and co-founder of the regional party Valencian Union -Early life:...

(UV)
• Manuel Moret (EUPV)
• Vicent Álvarez (UPV)
• Luis Gil (CDS)

Although the PSOE had had a slight increase in their vote share, UV councillors voted for the PP candidate, Rita Barberà. Both parties governed Valencia with a one seat majority.

### 1995 Local Election

Summary of the 1995 city council election result in Valencia.
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!style="background-color:#E9E9E9" align=left valign=top|Parties and alliances
!style="background-color:#E9E9E9" align=right|%
!style="background-color:#E9E9E9" align=right|Change
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!style="background-color:#E9E9E9" align=right|Change
|-
|align=left| People's Party (Spain)
People's Party (Spain)
The People's Party is a conservative political party in Spain.The People's Party was a re-foundation in 1989 of the People's Alliance , a party led and founded by Manuel Fraga Iribarne, a former Minister of Tourism during Francisco Franco's dictatorship...

(PP)
|align="right" |223,963
|align="right" |49.58
|align="right" |+23.84
|align="right" |17
|align="right" |+8
|-
|align=left|Spanish Socialist Workers' Party
Spanish Socialist Workers' Party
The Spanish Socialist Workers' Party is a social-democratic political party in Spain. Its political position is Centre-left. The PSOE is the former ruling party of Spain, until beaten in the elections of November 2011 and the second oldest, exceeded only by the Partido Carlista, founded in...

(PSOE)
|align="right" |110,071
|align="right" |24.37
|align="right" |-13.28
|align="right" |8
|align="right" |-5
|-
|align=left|United Left
United Left (Spain)
The United Left is a political coalition that was organized in 1986 bringing together several political organisations opposed to Spain joining NATO. It was formed by a number of groups of leftists, greens, left-wing socialists and republicans, but was dominated by the Communist Party of Spain...

(IU) - Greens
|align="right" |67,532
|align="right" |14.95
|align="right" |N/A
|align="right" |5
|align="right" |+2
|-
|align=left| Valencian Union (UV)
|align="right" |41,019
|align="right" |9.08
|align="right" |-12.68
|align="right" |3
|align="right" |-5
|-
|align=left|Greens
|align="right"|8,945
|align="right"|2.42
|align="right”|+1.57
|align="right"|
|align="right”|
|-
|align=left| Democratic and Social Centre (CDS)
|align="right" |1,645
|align="right" |0.36
|align="right" |-1.74
|align="right" |
|align="right" |
|-
|align=left|Unity of the Valencian People (UPV) – Valencian Nationalist Bloc
Valencian Nationalist Bloc
The Valencian Nationalist Bloc is a Valencian nationalist party in the Valencian Country, Spain. It is the largest party in the Coalició Compromís....

(BNV)
|align="right" |4,290
|align="right" |0.95
|align="right" |-0.67
|align="right" |
|align="right" |
|-
|align=left|Others
|align="right" |3,174
|align="right" |0.72
|align="right" |N/A
|align="right" |
|align="right" |N/A
|-
|}

Out of a total electorate of 627,784, the turnout was 485,649 (73.1%), a 9.7% increase on the previous election.

The election saw both the People’s Party and United Left making gains at the expense of the PSOE and Valencian Union. The People’s Party almost doubled its share of the vote and made enough gains to hold an absolute majority on the city council.

Candidates for Mayor were:-
• Rita Barberà (PP)
• Aurelio Martínez (PSOE)
• Manuel Moret (EUPV)
• Juan Vicente (UV)

Rita Barberà was re-elected Mayor.

### 1999 Local Election

Summary of the 1999 city council election result in Valencia.
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!style="background-color:#E9E9E9" align=left valign=top|Parties and alliances
!style="background-color:#E9E9E9" align=right|%
!style="background-color:#E9E9E9" align=right|Change
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!style="background-color:#E9E9E9" align=right|Change
|-
|align=left| People's Party (Spain)
People's Party (Spain)
The People's Party is a conservative political party in Spain.The People's Party was a re-foundation in 1989 of the People's Alliance , a party led and founded by Manuel Fraga Iribarne, a former Minister of Tourism during Francisco Franco's dictatorship...

(PP)
|align="right" |214,129
|align="right" |54.25
|align="right" |+4.67
|align="right" |20
|align="right" |+3
|-
|align=left|Spanish Socialist Workers' Party
Spanish Socialist Workers' Party
The Spanish Socialist Workers' Party is a social-democratic political party in Spain. Its political position is Centre-left. The PSOE is the former ruling party of Spain, until beaten in the elections of November 2011 and the second oldest, exceeded only by the Partido Carlista, founded in...

(PSOE)
|align="right" |116,437
|align="right" |29.50
|align="right" |+5.13
|align="right" |11
|align="right" |+3
|-
|align=left|United Left
United Left (Spain)
The United Left is a political coalition that was organized in 1986 bringing together several political organisations opposed to Spain joining NATO. It was formed by a number of groups of leftists, greens, left-wing socialists and republicans, but was dominated by the Communist Party of Spain...

(IU)
|align="right" |25,602
|align="right" |6.49
|align="right" |-8.46
|align="right" |2
|align="right" |-3
|-
|align=left| Valencian Union (UV)
|align="right" |19,070
|align="right" |4.83
|align="right" |-4.25
|align="right" |
|align="right" |-3
|-
|align=left|Valencian Nationalist Bloc
Valencian Nationalist Bloc
The Valencian Nationalist Bloc is a Valencian nationalist party in the Valencian Country, Spain. It is the largest party in the Coalició Compromís....

(BNV) - Greens
|align="right" |12,897
|align="right" |3.27
|align="right" |N/A
|align="right" |
|align="right" |N/A
|-
|align=left|Others
|align="right" |6,553
|align="right" |1.66
|align="right" |N/A
|align="right" |
|align="right" |N/A
|-
|}

Out of a total electorate of 643,516, the turnout was 403,583 (62.7%), a 10.4% decrease on the previous election.

The election saw both the People’s Party and PSOE making gains at the expense of the Valencian Union and United Left. For the first time the People’s Party polled a majority of votes. Valencian Union narrowly missed the 5% threshold for representation on the council and lost its remaining seats.

Candidates for Mayor were:-
• Rita Barberà (PP)
• Ana Noguera (PSOE)
• Antonio Montalbán (IU)
• Társilo Piles (UV)

Rita Barberà was re-elected Mayor.

### 2003 Local Election

Summary of the 2003 city council election result in Valencia.
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!style="background-color:#E9E9E9" align=left valign=top|Parties and alliances
!style="background-color:#E9E9E9" align=right|%
!style="background-color:#E9E9E9" align=right|Change
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!style="background-color:#E9E9E9" align=right|Change
|-
|align=left| People's Party (Spain)
People's Party (Spain)
The People's Party is a conservative political party in Spain.The People's Party was a re-foundation in 1989 of the People's Alliance , a party led and founded by Manuel Fraga Iribarne, a former Minister of Tourism during Francisco Franco's dictatorship...

(PP)
|align="right" |220,548
|align="right" |52.00
|align="right" |-2.25
|align="right" |19
|align="right" |-1
|-
|align=left|Spanish Socialist Workers' Party
Spanish Socialist Workers' Party
The Spanish Socialist Workers' Party is a social-democratic political party in Spain. Its political position is Centre-left. The PSOE is the former ruling party of Spain, until beaten in the elections of November 2011 and the second oldest, exceeded only by the Partido Carlista, founded in...

(PSOE)
|align="right" |132,903
|align="right" |31.33
|align="right" |+1.83
|align="right" |12
|align="right" |+1
|-
|align=left|United Left
United Left (Spain)
The United Left is a political coalition that was organized in 1986 bringing together several political organisations opposed to Spain joining NATO. It was formed by a number of groups of leftists, greens, left-wing socialists and republicans, but was dominated by the Communist Party of Spain...

(IU)
|align="right" |31,519
|align="right" |7.43
|align="right" |+0.94
|align="right" |2
|align="right" |
|-
|align=left| Valencian Union (UV)
|align="right" |15,593
|align="right" |3.68
|align="right" |-1.15
|align="right" |
|align="right" |
|-
|align=left|Valencian Nationalist Bloc
Valencian Nationalist Bloc
The Valencian Nationalist Bloc is a Valencian nationalist party in the Valencian Country, Spain. It is the largest party in the Coalició Compromís....

(BNV) - Greens
|align="right" |11,201
|align="right" |2.64
|align="right" |N/A
|align="right" |
|align="right" |N/A
|-
|align=left|Cannabis Party
Cannabis Party (Spain)
The Partido Cannabis por la Legalización y la Normalización was formed at the end of 2003 in Valencia, Spain, although its first Congress was held in January 2004...

(PCPLYN)
|align="right" |4,177
|align="right" |0.98
|align="right" |N/A
|align="right" |
|align="right" |N/A
|-
|align=left| Greens
|align="right" |3,369
|align="right" |0.79
|align="right" |N/A
|align="right" |
|align="right" |N/A
|-
|align=left|Others
|align="right" |4,840
|align="right" |1.13
|align="right" |N/A
|align="right" |
|align="right" |N/A
|-
|}

Out of a total electorate of 631,225, the turnout was 432,336 (68.5%), a 5.8% increase on the previous election.

The election saw little change relative to the previous election. PSOE made a small increase at the expense of the People’s Party and gained a seat from them.

Candidates for Mayor were:-
• Rita Barberà (PP)
• Rafael Rubio (PSOE)
• Antonio Montalbán (IU)
• José María Chiquillo Barber
José María Chiquillo Barber
José María Chiquillo Barber is a Spanish politician who currently serves as Senator for Valencia province as part of the People's Party ....

(UV)

Rita Barberà was re-elected Mayor.

### 2007 Local Election

Summary of the 2007 city council election result in Valencia.
|-
!style="background-color:#E9E9E9" align=left valign=top|Parties and alliances
!style="background-color:#E9E9E9" align=right|%
!style="background-color:#E9E9E9" align=right|Change
!style="background-color:#E9E9E9" align=right|Seats
!style="background-color:#E9E9E9" align=right|Change
|-
|align=left| People's Party (Spain)
People's Party (Spain)
The People's Party is a conservative political party in Spain.The People's Party was a re-foundation in 1989 of the People's Alliance , a party led and founded by Manuel Fraga Iribarne, a former Minister of Tourism during Francisco Franco's dictatorship...

(PP)
|align="right" |235,158
|align="right" |57.45
|align="right" |+5.45
|align="right" |21
|align="right" |+2
|-
|align=left|Spanish Socialist Workers' Party
Spanish Socialist Workers' Party
The Spanish Socialist Workers' Party is a social-democratic political party in Spain. Its political position is Centre-left. The PSOE is the former ruling party of Spain, until beaten in the elections of November 2011 and the second oldest, exceeded only by the Partido Carlista, founded in...

(PSOE)
|align="right" |140,187
|align="right" |34.25
|align="right" |+2.92
|align="right" |12
|align="right" |
|-
|align=left|United Left
United Left (Spain)
The United Left is a political coalition that was organized in 1986 bringing together several political organisations opposed to Spain joining NATO. It was formed by a number of groups of leftists, greens, left-wing socialists and republicans, but was dominated by the Communist Party of Spain...

(IU) - Greens
|align="right" |19,808
|align="right" |4.84
|align="right" |-2.59
|align="right" |
|align="right" |-2
|-
|align=left|Valencian Coalition
|align="right" |5,615
|align="right" |1.37
|align="right" |N/A
|align="right" |
|align="right" |N/A
|-
|align=left| Valencian Union (UV)
|align="right" |3,279
|align="right" |0.80
|align="right" |-2.88
|align="right" |
|align="right" |
|-
|align=left|Others
|align="right" |5,291
|align="right" |1.28
|align="right" |N/A
|align="right" |
|align="right" |N/A
|-
|}

Out of a total electorate of 608,976, the turnout was 416,802 (68.4%), a 0.1% decrease on the previous election.

The election saw a continuation of the trend towards a Two-party system
Two-party system
A two-party system is a system where two major political parties dominate voting in nearly all elections at every level of government and, as a result, all or nearly all elected offices are members of one of the two major parties...

with United Left losing their representation on the council due to them falling below the 5% threshold for representation. This was the first occasion on which either United Left or their predecessors the Communist Party would be unrepresented. Though both main parties increased their vote share, the main beneficiaries were the People’s Party who gained both the United Left seats.

Candidates for Mayor were:-
• Rita Barberà (PP)
• Carmen Alborch
Carmen Alborch
Carmen Alborch Bataller is a Spanish politician, actress, writer and former Minister of Culture....

(PSOE)
• Vicente González-Lizondo Sánchez (UV)
• Juan García Sentandreu (CV)

Rita Barberà was re-elected Mayor.

### 2011 Local Election

Summary of the 2011 city council election result in Valencia.
|-
!style="background-color:#E9E9E9" align=left valign=top|Parties and alliances
!style="background-color:#E9E9E9" align=right|%
!style="background-color:#E9E9E9" align=right|Change
!style="background-color:#E9E9E9" align=right|Seats
!style="background-color:#E9E9E9" align=right|Change
|-
|align=left| People's Party (Spain)
People's Party (Spain)
The People's Party is a conservative political party in Spain.The People's Party was a re-foundation in 1989 of the People's Alliance , a party led and founded by Manuel Fraga Iribarne, a former Minister of Tourism during Francisco Franco's dictatorship...

(PP)
|align="right" |208,727
|align="right" |52.54
|align="right" |-4.91
|align="right" |20
|align="right" |-1
|-
|align=left|Spanish Socialist Workers' Party
Spanish Socialist Workers' Party
The Spanish Socialist Workers' Party is a social-democratic political party in Spain. Its political position is Centre-left. The PSOE is the former ruling party of Spain, until beaten in the elections of November 2011 and the second oldest, exceeded only by the Partido Carlista, founded in...

(PSOE)
|align="right" |86,440
|align="right" |21.76 34.25
|align="right" |-12.49
|align="right" |8
|align="right" |-4
|-
|align=left|Coalició Compromís
Valencian Nationalist Bloc
The Valencian Nationalist Bloc is a Valencian nationalist party in the Valencian Country, Spain. It is the largest party in the Coalició Compromís....

(Compromís)
|align="right" |35,881
|align="right" |9.03
|align="right" |N/A
|align="right" |3
|align="right" |N/A
|-
|align=left|United Left of the Valencian Country
United Left (Spain)
The United Left is a political coalition that was organized in 1986 bringing together several political organisations opposed to Spain joining NATO. It was formed by a number of groups of leftists, greens, left-wing socialists and republicans, but was dominated by the Communist Party of Spain...

(EUPV)
|align="right" |28,489
|align="right" |7.17
|align="right" |+2.33
|align="right" |2
|align="right" |+2
|-
|align=left| Union, Progress and Democracy
Union, Progress and Democracy
Union, Progress and Democracy is a Spanish political party founded in September 2007.It is a progressivist party, between social democracy and social liberalism. One of its goals is to build a federal system for Spain and European Union, with clear responsibilities distributed among local...

(UPyD)
|align="right" |11,243
|align="right" |2.83
|align="right" |N/A
|align="right" |
|align="right" |N/A
|-
|align=left| Confederation of the Greens
Confederation of The Greens
The Confederation of the Greens is a green political party in Spain....

(LV)
|align="right" |5,177
|align="right" |1.30
|align="right" |N/A
|align="right" |
|align="right" |N/A
|-
|align=left|Valencian Coalition
|align="right" |2,219
|align="right" |0.56
|align="right" |-0.81
|align="right" |
|align="right" |
|-
|align=left|Others
|align="right" |10,419
|align="right" |2.63
|align="right" |N/A
|align="right" |
|align="right" |N/A
|-
|}

The turnout was 69.4%, an increase of 1% on the previous election.

The result was considered a surprise by the largest circulation daily newspaper El País, as Coalició Compromís, an electoral alliance led by the Valencian Nationalist Bloc
Valencian Nationalist Bloc
The Valencian Nationalist Bloc is a Valencian nationalist party in the Valencian Country, Spain. It is the largest party in the Coalició Compromís....

, won their first seats on the council, while United Left returned to the council after a four year absence.

Candidates for Mayor were:-
• Rita Barberà (PP)
• Joan Calabuig
Joan Calabuig
Joan Calabuig Rull is a Spanish politician for the Spanish Socialist Workers' Party. Calabuig began his political career as a deputy in the local parliament, the Cortes Valencianas in 1983 serving until 1987. He also served as President of the Union of Young Socialists from 1985-1989...

(PSOE)