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Ricardo Ferro—Together We Will Make History

By Jesús Aguado

By the time we held this interview, 50 days of campaign had passed since the beginning of the local mayoral race on April 29, and Ricardo Ferro, candidate with the MORENA, PES, and PT parties, had already visited 250 rural communities. He told us in a recent interview that he has seen not two but three San Miguel de Allendes.

The first San Miguel, he said, the one we all see, is that of the Historic Center, where one could think people have everything and don’t need help from the government. However, he has seen that sometimes when you look at a house, the front of it may be occupied by a well-apportioned store, but the back of it is being used as a home, and many times that part is not in good shape. “We may think that they need nothing, but they do, and they cannot receive any support, because the Historic Center is not catalogued as a poor zone. They do not even have a discount on the property tax, just the elderly do,” he said, and they need support from the administration.

The Historic Center, although it is beautiful, requires more work, he said. The city shouldn’t have the potholes it does and residents do not deserve a “dirty city, as it has been lately with the rainfall,” he said. He blamed this on the current administration, accusing it of bad planning. “Why do we need cobblestone in the streets if they are muddy?”

The second San Miguel is that of the periphery, that of the neighborhoods like San Luis Rey, Ejido de Tirado, and Nuevo Pantoja. In those places, according to Ferro, there are no public services because the land is irregular and the administration has done nothing to solve it. In some streets, there is no electricity or potable water, and there is poverty, he said.

The third San Miguel—also divided in three—is that of the rural zone. There are communities like Corral de Piedras, which have schools, potable water, electricity, and even drainage in parts. Then there are others which have electricity and potable water but not paved roads. And then, there are zones that have nothing—no schools, no paved roads, no potable water, and no electricity.

Ferro, who before he decided to run for mayor travelled the city with his organization Together We Will Make Great Things, said that it’s different now for him because he is visiting as a candidate for mayor and feels anger and sadness for the injustice that he sees in San Miguel de Allende, where the wealthiest live in contrast to the poorest. “I want to be mayor because I want to improve their quality of life, so we [all] can live better,” he said.

Ferro told Atención that the maximum amount of money they can spend in this campaign, according to the Electoral Institute, is 1.5 million pesos. Up to this point, his campaign has only spent only 400,000 pesos. By the end of the campaign, he said he will have visited at least 300 of the 520 communities that San Miguel has. The urban area has been covered.

Ferro said that when he wins, he wants a government that will make decisions with the people. The closing of his campaign, he promised, will not be showy with thousands and thousands of citizens in a march. He will close it on June 27 just with a small event with the people who have worked in his campaign, because “people are tired of parties spending money on unnecessary events. I invite the citizens to vote freely and without fear. We will make history together,” he concluded.

We asked Ferro if he would hire some of the current mayoral candidates to be members of his cabinet, if he wins the race. This was his answer:

Ángel Arriaga: Social and Rural Development

Mario Hernández: Ecology

Ana Valeria Clares: Administration of material and human resources

José Cruz González: Municipal Commission of Sports

Héctor Robles: Legal Department

María Eugenia Chávez: Improvement of Regulations.

Isabel Ramírez: Education

If he does not win the mayoral race, Ferro promises that he will keep working with his nonprofit organization to improve people’s life.

 

 

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