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Leftist Women Vie for Mexico City Mayoral Seat

  • The two candidates: Claudia Sheinbaum (L), representing the National Regeneration Movement (Morena) will run against Alejandra Barrales (R), supported by the CDMX Coalition.

    The two candidates: Claudia Sheinbaum (L), representing the National Regeneration Movement (Morena) will run against Alejandra Barrales (R), supported by the CDMX Coalition. | Photo: EFE - Twitter / @Claudiashein

Published 18 January 2018
Opinion

Alejandra Barrales is slated to be the frontrunner in the election, according to a survey released by Mitofsky Consultancy.

For the first time in Mexico City's history, two women representing left-leaning political parties will compete for the city's mayoral seat on July 1.

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The two candidates are Alejandra Barrales representing the CDMX Coalition Front and Claudia Sheinbaum representing the National Regeneration Movement, known as Morena. The CDMX Coalition Front is comprised of the Party of the Democratic Revolution, or PRD, the National Action Party, or PAN, and the Citizen's Movement.

Barrales is slated to be the frontrunner in the election, according to a survey released by Mitofsky Consultancy.

Barrales, a former PDR senator, claimed her success at the polls was due to the "superiority" of her coalition and its political proposals.

"My heart is with the PDR, I have no doubt the party will win the next government administration," Barrales said. The candidate also said she believes Morena’s approach to politics is outdated and that the PRD has plans to modernize and tackle social and civil rights issues.

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"We are demonstrating with facts, with this coalition, and with actions, that we are understanding the moment the country is going through; we demonstrate a capacity to reinvent ourselves, of self-criticism ... I am convinced that this will generate the possibility of having the confidence of the average citizen," the candidate said, Excelsior reported.

Scheinbaum, however, was quick to defend her party, promising progressive campaigns and revolutionary changes to the city's government.

“I wish they had original ideas,” Sheinbaum said of her competition’s party. “Our ideas are taking hold in society: innovation, hope, and honesty. The Front (CDMX Coalition) hardly has these and I assure you there will be time for discussions,” the candidate said.

Barrales has walked a precipitous road in her pursuit of the mayoral seat, battling scandal allegations connected to her billionaire mansions in Miami and Lomas de Chapultepec. She defended her properties Tuesday, saying she had purchased them legally through her income and had registered them with the Treasury.

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