Interview with local legislator Oscar Arroyo
By Antonio De Jesús Aguado
Recently local legislator Oscar Arroyo (San Miguel de Allende’s mayor in 2000–2003) visited La Biblioteca. In an interview with Atención he explained that he has a good relationship with the current mayor and said that he will not disappoint all those who gave him their vote. He also remarked that the congress supports all those expats involved in civic organizations.
Jesús Aguado: How do you feel about occupying a public post after not being involved in politics for 10 years?
Oscar Arroyo: In 2012, I won the candidature for local legislator and the election. I feel happy. I knew the legislators’ work because of my profession as a lawyer and public notary, but now I know that it is more serious and carries a greater responsibility because I do not represent only the ninth district [which includes San Miguel and part of Dolores Hidalgo] but all guanajuatenses.
JA: How did you win the election without an active campaign?
OA: We did campaign, but it was focused in the rural areas, the 500 rural communities in San Miguel and 200 in Dolores, because they did not know me there. In San Miguel in the urban area I thought that I did not need to campaign because the population knew me because I was mayor in 2000–2003 and worked as a public notary.
JA: As San Miguel mayor, what were your greatest accomplishments?
OA: We constructed the sewage treatment plant for cleaning the water from Presa Allende, which is still working and has been well administered. We also constructed the Pípila traffic circle because before there was a car accident every day, and now it looks more beautiful because of efforts of the new administration. We constructed the bridge from la Cieneguita that connects more than 60 rural communities with San Miguel, and we also built the current offices of the administration on Carretera a Querétaro.
JA: As local legislator, what are your duties?
OA: We have to analyze, discuss and approve reforms to the laws in order to benefit the people. We also supervise the correct use of resources by public servants and sanction those who do not follow the regulations. We can also intervene in individual legal cases in some instances.
JA: What commissions do you work with in congress?
OA: I am the president of the Governance Commission; we analyze all the reforms to the state and federal laws, because any federal reform must be approved by 50 percent of the states plus one in order to pass. Because of my experience as mayor I was asked to be part of the Commission of Municipal Affairs in order to propose solutions to municipal problems. I am also part of the Electoral Commission, which checks the backgrounds of those who will make up the State Electoral Institute.
JA: Do you have a particular goal while you are in the congress?
OA: There is great communication between me and the current mayor of San Miguel, and I told him that if they have executive projects validated by the involved institutions I will fight for financial resources from the state.
JA: As a congressman, how can you support the expat community?
OA: That is a federal matter, but if they are involved in civic organizations we can support their causes or help with particular problems. My office is located at Plaza Primavera next to the offices of Registro Público de la Propiedad, and there are trained personnel who will listen to them or schedule a meeting with me if it is necessary.