March 8, 2021

Political Thermometer


June is approaching and Mexico will have the largest election in its history on the first Sunday of June. The figures do not lie:  the election involves the election of 20,868 positions in every Mexican state; the renewal of the Chamber of Deputies which means the election of 300 deputies with a relative majority and 200 with proportional representation; and elections in local councils and congresses and fifteen state governorships. The elections of the governments of Chihuahua, Nuevo León and Baja California, as well as the states of Baja California Sur, Campeche, Colima, Guerrero, Michoacán, Nayarit, Querétaro, San Luis Potosí, Sinaloa, Sonora, Tlaxcala and Zacatecas, stand out because they are of special interest for Texas.

The election that is of the greatest national interest is the complete turnover of the Chamber of Deputies. The outcome of the decisions and the political, economic, and social agenda of the second triennium of the government of President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador will depend largely on the result.  Its importance lies in the fact that MORENA, the president’s party, having a majority in the Senate, plans to maintain hegemony in the Chamber of Deputies to carry out its Fourth Transformation program, which has generated wide controversy and disqualification of opposing political groups. 

Anxieties are so high regarding this election that both opposition parties, such as the party currently in power and related parties, have made all sorts of maneuvers to obtain citizens’ votes. Some parties have proposed to nominate personalities with no connection to political, legislative, or administrative affairs, but who are widely known to the public. Such include candidates with careers in entertainment, sports and recreational activities, such as the popular singer Paquita la del Barrio, who has confessed that she has no idea what her responsibility will be if she is elected deputy, the comedian Quico, known for being a companion of the famous Chespirito, who hopes to be the next governor of Querétaro, soccer players Fofo Bautista, Jorge Campos and Adolfo Ríos, the singer Vicente Fernández Jr., Miss Mexico Lupita Jones, and wrestlers Blue Demon, Darkness, and Carístico, who have stated that if elected they will not remove their masks to continue to preserve their personal identity, which in fact would be a violation of the law. This election, among other matters, such as the controversial candidacy of Senator Félix Salgado Macedonio for the governorship of Guerrero, the same who is accused of various crimes, will make Mexico’s political thermometer rise to unsuspected temperatures in June 2021.