Mayor of Campinas for two terms, José Roberto Magalhães Teixeira was honored this Monday, February 29, at 10 am, in the lobby of the City Hall, date that completes the 20 years of his death. The solemnity, called “20 years of Longing – A tribute to Mayor José Roberto Magalhaes”, brought together authorities and public.
Magalhães Teixeira died on February 29, 1996, when exercising the second term as mayor. He was 58 years old. He was mayor of Campinas from 1983 to 1988 and from 1993 to 1996. Was married to Thereza Christina Magalhães Teixeira and had three children: Gustavo, Henrique (deputy mayor) and Christiana.
The Mayor Jonas Donizetti said it is essential to highlight the positive attitudes and good examples. “Magalhães has done much for the city, made politics with love. Left the seed of friendship. Time turned the sadness into a good longing. And today, I have the son of Magellan, Henrique, working with me as deputy mayor. I see a lot of his father, are increasingly more alike”, stated.
The deputy mayor Henrique Magalhães Teixeira, son of Magalhães, made an emotional speech in honor of his father. “‘Those who love do not die”. With these words my father began to say goodbye to the population of Campinas, in 1996. After 20 years, I can say that the reverse is true. ‘Who is loved also do not die”, said Henrique.
The governor Geraldo Alckmin was present and highlighted the simple way but with statesman vision on Magalhães way to govern. “I met him when he was deputy mayor of Chico Amaral. His capacity for work was amazing. The true politics is the one of service, to serve the people and he was like that”, said the governor.
Thirteen students of the project “First Note”, of the Music School Center “Manoel José Gomes” (Cemmaneco) presented in the lobby and performed the National Anthem. At the event, Mayor Jonas Donizetti signed the decree establishing the Active Citizenship merit diploma “José Roberto Magalhães Teixeira.” The diploma will be offered to citizens or entities that stand out for services to the society in the improvement of public policies.
The widow Thereza Christina signed the protocol of intent for the creation of the “Magalhães Teixeira” Institute. The idea is to form an association, composed of people who worked with Magalhães to establish this institute. The goal is to preserve the acquis of the mayor’s management periods, such as photos and documents, and offer courses and lectures to discuss public policies in the models of Magalhães government.
Still to honor Magalhães Teixeira, there is an exhibition of about 90 photographs, divided into panels, which depict him in various facets like “The Solidarity, The Listener, The Media, The Politician, The Maker and The Innovator”. The photographs address the period in which Magalhães was mayor (in the two terms) and deputy mayor of Chico Amaral. The curatorship of the exhibition and the texts of the panels are of Rogério Teixeira de Camargo, municipal server who worked with the mayor. The photographs are of the photographers Luiz Granzotto and Neldo Cantanti. Both accompanied Magalhães in the City Hall.
Roberto Magalhães Teixeira, known as Grama, born in Andradas, Minas Gerais, on June 18, 1937 and died in Campinas, on February 29, 1996. Second son of a total of four, had a degree in Dentistry by PUC-Campinas. Besides the two mayor mandates, Magalhães was deputy mayor, from 1977 to 1982, federal deputy (1991 and 1992), deputy senator and municipal secretary of Culture and Sports. Was one of the founders of PSDB (Brazilian Social Democracy Party) in 1988. Released in Campinas, in 1994, the Minimum Income program, which designed a supplement cash to low-income families. Implemented the Samu, the technology centers and created the Service 156.
(Source: Campinas City Hall)