Ricardo Villarreal Elected Mayor
By Jesús Aguado
With more than 8,000 votes, Ricardo Villarreal (from the party PAN) overcame the numbers of his closest opponent, Martín Cacho (PRI). Villarreal will be sworn in on October 10 this year.
On Sunday, June 7, across the country, Mexicans elected federal legislators. In 15 states, including Guanajuato, they also elected local deputies, city councilors, and mayors. And in nine states, governors were elected as well. The election took place from 8am to 6pm.
The first electoral package with the results of a polling vote for mayor arrived to the local electoral council from the Guanajuato Electoral Institute at 9:35pm. From the start, sanmiguelenses could see a significant difference in the numbers. The PAN candidate got 123 votes; 59 went to the party PRI; and four to the PRD.
At 10pm, Ricardo Villarreal called the media for a press conference to announce his victory. At that event, he commented that at the PAN office they did have the results from more than 40 percent of the polling centers and the victory was indisputable, because they had over 10 percent more votes than PRI. They also announced the triumph of Verónica Agundis, who will be federal legislator for the municipalities of San Miguel de Allende, San José Iturbide, Comonfort, Tierra Blanca, and Dr. Mora; and of Juan José Álvarez, who will be in the State congress representing San Miguel and Dolores.
The official results, published by the Guanajuato Electoral Institute were as follows: PAN (24,168 votes); PRI (16,173 votes); and the new Humanist Party got 5,814 votes. Encuentro Social got 2,675 votes; the other parties got a smaller number. 53,775 sanmiguelenses voted in this election, although there were more than 117,000 registered to vote.
The day after the election, Atención interviewed Ricardo Villarreal in order to find out how he is going to work in the months to come, before October 10. He made it clear that he will go back to the federal congress — he is on a leave of absence — and will keep working on the project for the sanmiguelenses. Here are some of his words; don´t miss the entire interview in our next edition.
“The first thing my mom told me when I won, was: ´I command you to fulfill your commitments;´and I will.”
“I will perform even better than my brother Luis Alberto did when he was mayor.”
“7 of each 10 sanmiguelenses did not vote for the party PRI; this means that they wanted a change in the city.”
“The sanmiguelenses that voted for other parties — not for the party PAN — are invited to get involved in this project that was born today.
“The mayor cannot be untouchable for the citizens; he has to work with them.”