So, Who Won The Mid Term Elections?

We have a new Governor, and 5 new mayors in southern Baja.

Mexico held mid-term elections last Sunday, with some surprising results. And some not. On the top of the list of no surprises, out of total registered voters, only 45% showed up to choose their new government.

In our Southern Baja state, most polls opened late, which was kind of justified  with Blanca bearing down on us, bringing an ominous sky and the menace of rain and wind.

In the overall election, the center-right PRI party (that of President Enrique Peña), obtained 28.97% of the votes, the right-wing PAN party (think former presidents Fox and Calderon) 20.92% and the leftist PRD 10.81%.

There were seven other parties, which received scattered votes. One of them the Humanista, will probably lose its registry due to low support.

As we go to press, the final results have not been published, but the PREP (Spanish for preliminary electoral results program) had counted nearly 90% of the votes and declared victory to many candidates.

In Southern Baja, which has been governed by the PAN for the past four years, with a couple of mayors from different parties, both the governor and five mayors elected are from the PAN, as well as the majority of lawmakers and federal legislators elected. This was a big surprise, as most people felt that we would end up with winners from at least three different parties.

The governor elect for our Southern Baja state will take office on Thursday, September 10 in La Paz and will stay in office for six years. He is Carlos Mendoza, 46, the son of former Southern Baja state governor Angel Mendoza Aramburo. He has been in politics since 2007, has a degree in law from the Mexico National Autonomous University (UNAM) in Mexico City. Mendoza has also studied at Cornell University Law School, at the Paris Pantehon-Sorbonne University in Paris, and holds a masters degree in law from Cornell University in New York.

He also received a scholarship by the British foreign affairs ministry and earned a masters in Latin American Compared Politics.

In Los Cabos, Arturo de La Rosa, 44, was elected mayor for the next three years. Originally from the agricultural city of Constitution north of La Paz, he has been a federal lawmaker, a member of the Los Cabos city council, and government delegate in Cabo San Lucas, as well as president of the grand commission of the state congress. In 2011 he ran for mayor of Los Cabos but lost to current mayor Tony Agundez.

The other four municipalities that form our state will also have mayors from the PAN party. In La Paz, Armando Martínez. In Comondu, Francisco Pelayo. In Loreto, Areli Arce, and in Mulege, Cecilia Lopez.

The story of how two women were elected is funny. Or not. Their husbands had already been appointed candidates by their party when the Mexican congress mandated 50% of all political candidacies should go to women to enforce gender equity, a fad in Mexico these days. So, well, their hubbies stepped down and they got the job. For now. It remains to be seen who is going to actually wear the pants in those towns. ,