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First Debate of Mayoral Candidates

From left to right Cristóbal Olvera, Santiago González, Ricardo Villarreal, Moderator, Martín Cacho, Jesús Rangel, Martín Stefanonni

By Jesús Aguado

The first candidate debate was held almost 30 days after the launching of the campaigns; however, the candidates did not propose anything new.

The debate was held in Celaya by decision of the Guanajuato Electoral Institute on Friday, May 1, at 5pm. The topics for discussion were corruption, free topic, poverty, and security. These were some of the ideas offered by the candidates. At the end, all the candidates invited all the citizens to vote for their projects on June 7.

Free Topic

Stefanonni: to complete the works like the slaughterhouse and the Cuevitas community center and to create a universitary center with free internet.

Villarreal: to open a new health center with an investment of 50 million pesos from the state government (all that is needed is the donation of the land), to construct an ecologic park at Las Cachinches stream, and to open a parking lot at the facilities of the former general hospital on calle Reloj.

Olvera: to complete the pending works, like the band shell and the Cuevitas community center, and to work with the support of NGOs and citizen participation.

González: to have a well-educated population in matters of tourism as well to improve business tourism.

Rangel Bautista: to complete the slaughterhouse, the Cuevitas community center, the band shell, the proposed amplification of the Guanajuato Bridge, and an ecologic park over the Cachinches stream.


Cacho: to return the mounted and rural police, to divide the public security by zones in the urban and rural areas, and to train police officers in the local school for policemen.

Stefanonni: to divide the Public Security Department by areas in order to provide a better response to emergencies.

Villarreal: to rebuild the Public Security Department with an expanded budget, to return the tourist police, and to recover the tranquility of the streets.

Olvera: to recover public spaces, to give more scholarships for students, and to divide the public security department by zones.

González: to promote citizens’ participation, to improve working conditions, and to educate the population with human values.

Rangel Bautista: to train a new staff of police officers at the local police school.


Cacho: to team up with public and private institutions to fight against all kinds of poverty, including the lack of education, food, and housing.

Stefanonni: not to open department stores, to give more scholarships for students, and to create degrees related to jobs that the new companies are offering in town.

Villarreal: to provide more education, to require that all the new companies must at least hire 85 percent sanmiguelenses for their positions, and to set up housing programs and credits for young people.

González: to arrange for the DIF system and the Social Development Department to work together to channel local programs in the best way.

Rangel Bautista: to provide more education.

Olvera: to provide more education and basic public works.

Eradicating corruption

Martín Cacho (PRI-PV-NA) Once he is mayor, he intends to present an assets declaration, and he will also create a citizens’ committee of transparency and accountability during his administration. He will have an honest and transparent administration.

Martín Stefanonni (Encuentro Social) To eradicate corruption, he would create a citizens’ council, which would audit those who are given the contracts for public works.

Ricardo Villarreal (PAN) He proposed the election of an apolitical comptroller who would register and audit every expense from the public budget. He also proposed the publication on line of the incomes and expenses related to the public budget.

Cristóbal Olvera (Partido Humanista) He proposed to give public works contracts to builders at meetings that are open to the general public. “A town that elects corrupt people is not a victim, but an accomplice,” he pointed out.

Santiago González (Movimiento Ciudadano) He proposed the correct and honest use of funds as well as material and human resources in the local administration.

Jesús Rangel (PRD) proposed the creation of a citizens’ comptroller.


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