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Monday, Dec. 10, 2012

3 PAN candidates for Tijuana mayor back Francisco Vega for governor

      The three National Action Party candidates for mayor of Tijuana—Max García, Antonio Valladolid y Alejandro Monraz—are backing former Mayor Francisco Vega for governor, Tijuana media. Frontera said they made their comments at an event at the Club Campestre. Political page, Frontera (PDF). Story, El Mexicano. Last week, a PAN poll said Vega and another former Tijuana mayor, Héctor Osuna Jaime, were the top two PAN candidates for next year's governor's race.

      Last week, the three mayoral aspirants agreed to abide by the results of a PAN poll to determine the party's nominee. Story, Frontera (PDF).

     García is a state legislator believed backed by Gov. José Guadalupe Osuna Millán. At García's state-of-the-legislature address in October, Vega received a boisterous welcome from those in attendance, while Osuna Jaime received what El Informador termed a "normal applause."
Update, Dec. 18: García hands out toys in Tijuana. Story, photo, El Mexicano (PDF).
     Monraz lost out on the 2007 and 2010 mayoral nominations. Frontera's political page noted Saturday that alejandro monraz book billboardbillboards went up all over the city beginning in October advertising Monraz's upcoming book, "Experiencias de un tijuanense," (Experiences of a Tijuanense). Because the book still has not made it the bookstores yet, Frontera wondered whether it was going to be a Christmas gift for Tijuana residents. Frontera: "The Book that Doesn't Arrive" (PDF). Monraz at one point headed the federal consumer protection agency (Comisión Nacional para la Protección y Defensa de los Usuarios de Servicios Financieros) offices in Tijuana.
Update, Dec. 20: Frontera reports that Monraz wins the poll and is the de facto PAN mayoral candidate.
Update, Dec. 14: Monraz celebrates his 46th birthday at a Las Pulgas establishment with several hundred people, Frontera reported. Those in attendance were asked to donate to social programs for those in need. Story, Frontera (PDF).
Update, Feb. 1: Monraz finally presents his book, at the University of Tijuana (CUT). Frontera's political page (PDF).
Valladolid, a former legislator who was a top official in Vega's administration, also headed the National Migration Institute offices in Tijuana for more than two years.
Update, Dec. 12: Frontera columnist José Aguirre says many think Osuna Jaime should withdraw in favor of Francisco Vega so the PAN can present a united front. He also says that many think that because the competition is so fierce between former Tijuana Mayor Jorge Hank Rhon and federal Deputy Fernando Castro Trenti in the governor's race, there is room for a dark-horse compromise candidate such as Tijuana Mayor Carlos Bustamante or Mexicali Mayor Francisco Pérez Tejada. Aguirre's column (PDF).

Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012

PAN survey has former Tijuana mayors Héctor Osuna Jaime, Francisco Vega in lead for Baja California governor's race nomination

Dropping out of what was a 7-man race are former intelligence official Oscar Vega Marín and former Sen. Jaime Díaz Ochoa

Although state PAN president Sócrates Bastida indicated former deputy Gastón Luken is dropping out, Luken apparently is still in; former state official Cuauhtémoc Cardona and former deputy Oscar Arce also are hopefuls

      hector osuna jaime A survey the National Action Party is using to winnow francisco vegadown the number of candidates vying for the party's nomination for governor next year has former Tijuana mayors Héctor Osuna Jaime (left, 1992-1995) and Francisco Vega (right, 1998-2001) in the lead, Frontera newspaper reported Wednesday. Osuna Jaime was said to have a narrow advantage over Vega in the race to succeed PAN Gov. José Guadalupe Osuna Millán.

      As a result of the poll, former national intelligence official Oscar Vega Marín and former Sen. Jaime Díaz Ochoa have dropped out. Díaz Ochoa was third in the poll, the paper said.

     Although state party President Sócrates Bastida indicated that former deputy Gastón Luken was the first to drop out, Frontera reported that Luken was still in, as was former top state official Cuauhtémoc Cardona. The paper said there was no word yet from former federal deputy Oscar Arce.

     Osuna Jaime, a former federal senator, on Monday attended San Diego Mayor Bob Filner's inauguration.

     Whoever gets the nomination may have a tough battle against the Institutional Revolutionary Party nominee. Although the PAN has held the governor's post since 1989, the PRI has made major inroads in the state in recent years and it now holds the presidency again with Enrique Peña Nieto's inauguration Saturday.

      Top PRI candidates for the nomination are federal Deputy Fernando Castro Trenti and former Tijuana mayor Jorge Hank Rhon, whose Tijuana Xolos won Mexico's national soccer championship Sunday. It remains to be seen how much of a handicap it will be for Hank that his U.S. visa was not renewed. Hank also may suffer because his wife, María Elvia Amaya, who was a political plus for him, died in September.

Story, Frontera, on right-hand-side of political page (PDF). Editor's note: Frontera is now requiring that readers register (for free) to read the paper's PDF pages.

Update, Dec. 10: Columnist Antonio Magaña is critical of PAN national leader Gustavo Madero's handling of the governor's race and says candidates other than Osuna Jaime and Kiko Vega are likely to drop out in the coming days. Column, Frontera (PDF).

Previous story on PAN politicians' maneuvering for the gubernatorial nomination.