Mayoral Candidate Maru Hernández: Campaign Proposals

By Jesús Aguado

The way to improve safety is to attack the specific problems in each neighborhood and rural community. There should be housing developments allowed, but just for workers. Public works infrastructure should be brought to undeveloped neighborhoods. These are some of the campaign proposals from attorney María Eugenia Chávez, a candidate for mayor under the umbrella of Movimiento Ciudadano (Citizen’s Movement).

Public Works

Outside the Historic Center, “San Miguel has changed, but just to benefit those most privileged,” said Chávez. That is why she proposes to pave the streets of the neighborhoods at Ejido de Tirado, where, she said, the people do not have electricity, potable water, or access to the city’s wastewater sewage system. This change could be accomplished “by cutting the luxuries of public servants—a rational use of gas, cheaper telephones, reduction of work-related trips, and putting all the directors to work” when Sanmiguelenses go to public offices. “The directors ought to be there offering solutions.”

Urban Planning and Infrastructure

“We need to improve the infrastructure that we already have and resolve social needs.” Chávez said that in many neighborhoods there are no longer recreational areas because the local government has sold them off. Badly paved streets need to be fixed. She also says yes to housing developments, but only ones with homes available to workers for low prices.

Safety

Chávez has been traveling across the city, talking to constituents, and she told us that people are complaining to her about assaults with knives, about homicides, and of other crimes done by drug addicts. She proposes that there be more police officers on the force, more equipment, and more training. “There is a national safety crisis,” she said, “but it is possible to decrease it if we conduct investigations in every neighborhood and in rural communities to attack the specific problems they have. Crime and needs are different from one place to the other.”

In addition, she said that young people have to be supported through workshops, culture, and education in order to lure them away from crime. “Nowadays, when you ask children what they want to be when they grow up, they answer that they want to be a narco—because they live it, they see it.”

Miscellaneous

She says yes to an airport but outside of the urban area. If she wins the mayoral race, she will say no to parking meters, she said. The traffic problem, she said, can be solved by towing all the abandoned cars in Centro and adjacent areas and by giving people a limited amount of parking time in a particular space.

Cabinet

If Chávez wins the election, she would like to hire many of the current candidates to be part of her cabinet and “take advantage of their talents.” She would hire Mario Hernández to be head of the Ecology Department. Ana Valeria Clares she would like “to work with hotels and tourism; that is what she does.” She would offer Ángel Arriaga a post in public services. Cuca González would be appointed to the Sports Commission, and Isabel Ramírez to the Education Department. There would also be posts for Ricardo Ferro and Héctor Robles but not for Luis Alberto Villarreal, she said.

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