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On the Campaign Trail with SOMOS’ Mario Hernández

By Jesús Aguado

“With our eyes looking forward and our hearts in our hands, we have visited the rural and urban zone of San Miguel de Allende,” said Mario Hernández, independent candidate with the organization SOMOS. He is running for mayor of San Miguel de Allende.

Hernández did not want to mention the number of places his campaign has visited because, he said, “we do not count the number of places but the quality of time that we give to the people when we visit them.” Many times, what they want is to be heard, he said, adding, “We have spent close to two hours talking with a group of señoras because we think of this as a process of evangelization; if they are convinced that we need a change, that it is time for the citizens to make the decisions and not the politicians, then they will pass on the message,” Hernández said.

Political parties, according to Hernández, specialize in winning but not governing. Because of that, they use the power of public office for personal interests and not for those of the citizens, he said. “It is time for us to make history,” he added, “to take control of the city as citizens and call July 1 The Day When the Sanmiguelenses Decided to Take the Reins of their City.”

During the campaign, Hernández and his team have gotten closer to the needs of the people, he said. “I have seen barefoot people,” he told us. “But if there is something that they still have, it is the power of their word; they keep a promise.”

People are concerned about safety, he said, but that it is a topic of perception, he concluded. He also promised that his team—made up of professionals—knows that more money needs to be invested in mental health care.

The SOMOS candidate criticized the minimum financial support that the Electoral Institute gave to his campaign—85,000 pesos. The Institute, said Hernández, also gave them a list of places where they had to purchase the material they would need for the electoral race.

The money will be returned to the IEEG, he declared. They do not want it, do not need it, and it cannot be donated to a nonprofit organization, he said, so it will be returned, minus the 2,000 pesos that the bank charged the campaign to open an account to deposit the money will be discounted. His campaign, he assured us, is self-financed by the members of SOMOS.

“Let´s take the reins of San Miguel. Let´s take control of our city,” he said. “Let´s make history this July 1.”


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