Arthur Despi is a Filipino politician and businessman. He is the current mayor of Bantayan Municipality in Cebu Province of Central Visayas Region, Philippines. Running as a reelectionist under the Nationalist People’s Coalition Party in the May 13, 2019 election, he defeated Geralyn Escario-Cañares of the ruling PDP-Laban Party and independent candidate Arsenio Mata. In 2016, he also defeated another Escario. The Escarios had ruled the town since 1898.
Complete Name –> Arthur E. Despi
Nickname –> Art
Birth Date –> March 17, 1964 (Age 55)
Birth Place –> Bantayan, Cebu, Philippines
* The father of Art Despi ran for mayor in 1971 but lost to an Escario.
Arthur Despi was two-term councilor of Bantayan. In 2001 and 2004, he ran unsuccessfully for mayor. In 2016, he ran for mayor and won, ending for the first time the political dynasty of the Escario family.
2016-Present – Mayor, Bantayan, Cebu
* Businessman who is engaged in trading, poultry, and agriculture
2013-2015 – Consultant/Adviser to the mayor
1992-1998 – Councilor, Bantayan
Development of the natural resources of Bantayan specifically its fishing resources