The Race Is On…

Did you know that on July first  of this year, there will be important elections in México. Here in Mérida, a new mayor will be voted in, a new governor will be chosen, the country will elect a new president. There will also be elections for Senadores and Diputados – the equivalent of House representatives and Senators.

Although non-Mexicans cannot vote, it is important to know who the principal players are.

The federal contest will be between three parties: Partido Revolucionario Institucional (PRI ) , Partido Acción Nacional  (PAN)  and Partido de la Revolución Democrática (PRD)


The presidential candidate for the PAN is Joesefina Vasquez Mota

The presidential candidate for the PRI is Enrique Peña Nieto                         

The presidential candidate for the PRD is Andrés Manuel Lopéz Obrador

In Yucatan, the PRD does not have a strong following. They have not named candidates for either Mayor of Mérida or for Governor of Yucatán.

The candidate for governor of  Yucatán for the PRI is Rolando Zapata Bello                                   

The candidate for governor of Yucatán for the PAN is Joaquin Diaz Mena


The candidate for Mayor of Mérida for the PRI is Nerio Torres Arcila

The candidate for Mayor of Mérida for the PAN is Renan Barrera Concha

The electoral campaign will begin sometime in late March. As the candidates make their platforms known, I will profile them here at Writing From Merida.

In fact, as of March 1st, this blog will feature a new category called: COMMENTARY. In it you’ll find news about the elections and other socio-political happenings…  

The race is on, this election will be VERY important for México at national state and city levels…  so stay tuned!

All photos are from the candidates websites


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8 responses to “The Race Is On…

  1. I’m delighted that you are going to provide insight into the Mexican political process as it moves forward.

    • I’ve read a lot about Enrique Peña Nieto being an “empty suit.” Do the Mexican people see him that way?
    • Will the Teacher’s Union’s failure to support the PRI candidate hurt its chances in July?
    • Will the charisma of Josefina Vázquez Mota overcome the bad feelings about the PAN party’s “war on the drug carte?”.
    • Given an apparent weak candidate from PRI and an unpopular PAN “War on the Drug Cartels” if would appear that Andrés Manuel López Obrador might have a real chance this year, am I correct?

  2. Tonia Kimsey

    Dear Joanna,
    Thank you for this political information….It is very helpful. And we are looking forward to more information as the race porgresss.
    Tonia and Roberto

  3. Hola Joanna, Thank you for starting this series. As I am now a mexican citizen I will be voting, and it will be so great to feel that I can make an informed choice when July 1st comes.

  4. Marianne

    Thanks for the who’s who. A group of us were just talking this morning about how we wish we knew the basic form of the government – federal, state, local. We have a Congreso that meets here in Mérida. How many delegates? And is there also a national Congreso? How many representatives from each state? They don’t seem to be running in this particular election.

    Does the governor appoint all the state officials, or are they also elected and, therefore, could be from three parties?

    I’m looking forward to this “series”.

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