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Mayoral Candidate Ángel Arriaga: Campaign Proposals

Ángel Arriaga greeting peope that wash clothing in a stream

By Jesús Aguado

Mayoral candidate Arriaga was born and raised in the campo, so he intimately knows not only how to work the land but also the dire need rural communities have for roads, potable water, electricity, sewage treatment, and housing.

Arriaga’s campaign platform is based on a program of social development. In a recent interview, he told us that he knows of a plot of land in the Ejido de Tirado community where a great market could be developed.

Social development

“I have visited 200 communities since the campaign began; I have been knocking on doors and bringing the message of change. These communities are abandoned; the candidates just visit the people every three years and make commitments, but they do not fulfill them. They buy the people´s vote with a cap or a shirt.”

“It is sad to see people in the rural communities drinking water from puddles where they also wash their clothes and give water to livestock,” said Arriaga. In addition, the municipal health centers are mostly empty. “Only once a month is there a doctor there. He offers seven checkups to communities with 1,800 inhabitants. We need to change that, and we will make it possible together.”

Vendors

Arriaga, running for mayor under the umbrella of an organization called Los Tiempos Mejores Por San Miguel (Better Times for San Miguel), is a seafood vendor. One of his proposals is to create a market on a 10-8 hectare plot by the train station that he says would be better than the ones already in existence in the city. The market would welcome all kinds of vendors but with a special eye toward those who come from the rural communities to sell items such as nopales, elotes, tunas, and tamales.

What if…

If Arriaga wins the election, he made clear that he would not hire any of the candidates currently running for mayor. “They have already been in the local administration, and they have used that power to benefit themselves. That is not fair,” he said. If he is elected, his cabinet would be populated “with regular people,” he said. His candidates for city councilors would be bricklayers, housewives, professionals, and vendors.

His positions in brief

On an airport: “We do not need it. We are a small city with few people.”
On metered parking: “Definitely no, it would damage our economy. [I’d propose] metered parking just for those in the government, because they are choking us with taxes.”

On traditions: “[There should be] more support for people in rural communities.”

On the LGBT community: “[They should have] total respect as human beings.”

 

“We are tired of corruption. We will prove to the political grasshoppers (those who jump from one party to the other) that we know how to run the city. We are focused on the people.”

 

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