The Brazilian Political Scion Making His Own Mark

By Ciara Carvalho

The heir to a political dynasty, João Campos is betting on innovation to build a name for himself in Brazil's most unequal capital.

This article is part of AQ’s special report on Latin American mayors. RECIFE, Brazil – Three days before the 2020 runoff election for mayor of Recife, a regional capital in northeast Brazil, João Campos turned 27. His victory was national news. Not only did it make Campos the youngest mayor ever of a state capital in Brazil, it also handed him one of the country’s toughest jobs: managing the capital with the worst income inequality in a country known for its gap between rich and poor. The attention Campos received was largely because of the political weight of his...

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