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Campaigning with…Héctor Robles—PRD.

Héctor Roble

Héctor Robles

Héctor Robles

Héctor Robles

By Jesús Aguado

The San Miguel mayor makes 120,000 pesos a month. My commitment is to reduce that salary to 25,000 pesos a month.” This is just one of Héctor Robles’s promises in his campaign for mayor of San Miguel.

On Friday, May 25, I arrived at Fraccionamiento Insurgentes to interview Robles, who had already left his office for Flores de Begoña, his next campaign stop, since “he does not like to make people wait,” his assistant told me. He had left word to have me driven there, and I was taken in a sedan with out-of-state plates obtained for use of the campaign that day.

Flores de Begoña is a rural community on the road to Rodríguez. When we arrived at Robles’s campaign rally here, I was not greeted by the usual giant canvas poster with Robles’s face, nor vehicles with campaign stickers. Men, women, and children had gathered to listen Robles’s message, all of them wearing white shirts with PRD party slogans even though many of the children had to have the adult-sized shirts knotted in various places to make them fit properly.

Using basic sound equipment, Robles told the audience that he wants to be mayor so that he can work with them and create digital schools for adults—spaces where bricklayers, electricians, gardeners, and others can come to a center to work on computers and learn things that would make them more marketable in their jobs. He asked men and women if they would enroll in such a school, and many nodded, saying it would make them more money. “Those schools are possible,” Robles said, going into more details for the crowd.

Later, when he was discussing new crime safety proposals, he asked if anyone wanted to be a police officer. Everyone said no, some explaining that they didn’t want to put their lives at risk. Robles countered that it is not more police officers that are needed to improve safety in San Miguel de Allende but more places for recreation like the Unidad Deportiva. “We have just one Unidad Deportiva and more than 100 bars in San Miguel. That is why our young people decide to go to a bar, because there are not spaces for sports or recreation. Education is the key, as well as more common spaces.”

At the end of the rally, he said goodbye individually to each attendant, got into his pickup truck, and headed to the next community, Puerto de Sosa, where people had gathered to hear his message.

A master of ceremonies introduced Robles, followed by some applause. Robles proudly presented his wife, Nidia Cambrón, and his father, Aurelio Robles, who had decided to accompany him that day.

The señoras in the crowd there talked about a time when a candidate came to their community, made a commitment to build a bridge, and then built that bridge that even the wind can break. Some of the people are happy, but we wanted something better, not that trash.

But Robles’s interaction with attendees was easy and conflict-free, although the same complaints as every year could be heard from some attendees: these candidates only come to see us when they need our vote; after that, they forget that we exist,” they said. “Help me to win the presidency, and if it happens, I will start visiting the communities again on July 2 in order to make our commitments possible. When it was time to leave, Robles invited his campaign team to a dinner of enchiladas, tacos, and gorditas at Calzada de la Luz 32.

 

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