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Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012

PAN sets aside 7 districts in which it will run female candidates for state legislature in 2013

        The National Action Party in Baja California said that to comply with a state law that women make up 40% of a party's candidates, it will run female candidates in seven of the state's 17 directly-elected districts for the state legislature next year. PAN state leader Socrates Bastida said the party will run women in Districts 2 and 4 in Mexicali, Districts 11, 13 and 16 in Tijuana, District 7 in Tecate and District 14 in Ensenada. The party left open the possibility that women also could win nominations in other districts.

        Seven divided by 17 is 41.1%.

        Earlier this year, political parties across the nation had to scramble to get enough female candidates to meet a similar federal quota, in many cases removing as the parties' candidates men who had been selected through various means.

        elia cabanasIn one such case, Elia Cabañas was selected as the PRI's candidate for the District 4 federal deputy's race in Tijuana and won. However, she also was the official substitute for state legislator Gregorio Barreto, who died in July at age 58. After becoming a federal deputy, she took a leave of absence to fill out the remainder of Barreto's term, after which she plans to return to Mexico City and rejoin the federal Chamber of Deputies.