Guilherme Boulos Wants to Be the Brazilian Left’s Next Big Star

By Nick Burns

The activist turned lawmaker is running for mayor of São Paulo. Can he score a win for the left in an age of rising conservatism?

“This young man, he’s competing in a real war here in São Paulo,” said Brazil’s President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, as he grabbed the arm of a sheepish, grinning Guilherme Boulos, at a May Day event in São Paulo, and held it aloft. “Nobody can defeat this kid.” It was a moment rich in symbolism, for both short- and long-term reasons. In October, Boulos hopes to be elected mayor of Brazil’s biggest city, in what looks like a tight race against the incumbent Ricardo Nunes, who is backed by another former president, Jair Bolsonaro on the right. If Boulos wins that...

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