The Mayoral Race Has Begun
By Jesus Aguado
The official campaigns for the mid-term elections began on April 5 and will conclude on June 4. Three days later, on Sunday, June 7, from 8am to 6pm, voters will choose their mayor and local congressmen.
For the first time in history, sanmiguelenses will have six options to choose from for their mayor. The six candidates belong to the Partido Acción Nacional (PAN), Partido de la Revolución Democrática (PRD), Movimiento Ciudadano, Partido Humanista, Encuentro Social, and the coalition between Partido Revolucionario Institucional (PRI) Verde and Nueva Alianza. All agree that San Miguel de Allende needs projects to benefit the citizens. They will give priority to security, public works, urban development, and education. They also propose to work hand-in-hand with the foreign community.
At a federal level, in this electoral process there will be elections in 15 states where the congressional chamber of deputies, composed of 639 legislators, will be renewed. Mexicans will also elect nine governors.
In the state of Guanajuato, only the local congress, composed of 36 members, will be renewed, of whom 22 are elected by direct vote and 14 are selected due to a relative majority. That means there will be members who belong to other parties and who did not win, but who will be part of the congress for a “balance.” Guanajuato voters will elect 46 mayors.
In the 2012 elections, in which mayor Mauricio Trejo was elected, a total of 61,418 people voted, giving the winner a total of 29,323 votes, of which 24,130 votes were from the PRI and, due to the alliance with the Partido Verde, 2,215 more votes were added, as well as the 2,978 more votes from people who voted for one of the two parties on their ballots.
On the other hand, PAN reached the second place in the voting process (in which also the governor, senators, and the president of the republic were elected) with 22,324 votes and, due to its alliance with Nueva Alianza, it received 846 more votes from that party plus 1,073 votes for both.
The budget for the campaigns is an important issue in San Miguel because during the election this year, the candidates for mayor will receive only 766,489.47 pesos each. This budget was revised by the Electoral Institute of Guanajuato.
This year’s official candidates for the elections are Ricardo Villarreal García, PAN; Martín Cacho, PRI in an alliance with Partido Verde and Nueva Alianza; Jesús Rangel, PRD; Santiago González, Movimiento Ciudadano; Christopher Olvera, Partido Humanista; and Martín Stefanonni, Encuentro Social.
Atención interviewed each of the candidates, giving them the opportunity to present the reasons why they are participating in this electoral race, their professional experience, and reactions to success or defeat on June 7. In addition, they talked about their proposals. The six agree that they should follow up on several unconcluded projects, such as forum San Carlos, the Community Center at Las Cuevitas, and the slaughterhouse, and they also agree that the Cachinches stream needs to be cleaned up.
Candidates guaranteed that if they win, they will be working closely with the foreign community (which will have an open door to the mayor’s office) through the civil society organizations, and their main focus will be the safety of all sanmiguelenses.
During the interview, candidates individually expressed their emotions of nervousness, insecurity, pride, humility and, for some, much concern because two of the “big parties” could make it. However, all stated their desire and intention to do a lot for San Miguel, the city in which almost all were born, and for which all want to work.
Last weekend, the two main parties (PAN and PRI) organized massive events at the Jardín Principal and each candidate gathered at least 10,000 followers.