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René Mendívil, the outgoing leader of the Institutional Revolutionary Party apparatus in Baja California, told Frontera newspaper that the PRI will be seeking to retain its hold on the state's five mayors' posts and the state legislature in addition to trying to win the governorship for the first time in 24 years in 2013. Story, Frontera (PDF).
Mendívil said he thought the alliances gubernatorial hopeful Fernando Castro Trenti has built with the leftist Democratic Revolution Party were good for the PRI, because it makes a PRD alliance with the National Action Party less likely. The PAN has held the governor's post since 1989.
He said formal alliances could be key in the election and must be signed, sealed and delivered by Jan. 31. PAN Gov. José Guadalupe Osuna Millán recently told Zeta newspaper in an interview that alliances could be very important in his party in the gubernatorial election. Mendívil said the PRI is well on its way to having a formal coalition with the Green Party, with which the PRI had an alliance in last year's presidential election won by the PRI's Enrique Peña Nieto.
Mendívil said an alliance with the Green Party does not necessarily mean an alliance for the Tijuana mayor's post. The Green Party has put forth Eduardo "El Pochongo" Ledesma for mayor.
Ledesma was a major ally of Jorge Hank Rhon when Hank was mayor from 2004-2007. Hank, who lost the governor's race in 2007, is seeking the PRI gubernatorial nomination again.
Mendívil said that now that he is not going to be the state PRI leader again, he would like to run for office, and would welcome it if the PRI nominated him for mayor of Tijuana. Other PRI candidates for mayor include business leader Mario Escobedo and Tijuana social development official David Saúl Guakil.