Mexico City’s mayor to seek presidency

By La Prensa, 04/12/15

The Challenge of Governance: Lessons from Mexico City - A Conversation with Mayor Miguel Ángel Mancera

Mexico City, Apr 12 (EFE).- Mexico City Mayor Miguel Angel Mancera, a member of the Party of the Democratic Revolution, or PRD, plans to run for president in the 2018 elections, PRD chairman Carlos Navarrete said.

The 49-year-old Mancera is prominent in the progressive wing of the PRD and his background makes him a “natural” potential nominee for the party, Navarrete said in an interview with Grupo Milenio.

“Miguel Mancera is firmly with the PRD, is doing a good job running the government in the DF (Federal District) and is active in this great progressive movement, this leftist force. He’ll surely be a natural shortlisted candidate (for the presidency), but we’ll confirm that in June,” the PRD chairman said.

The party plans to reveal the first potential candidates for the 2018 presidential election in June, Navarrete said.

“We’re not going to take a lot of time in putting some names out there that are preparing for 2018. (Mancera) is the first one we are going to put out there, but there may be others,” the PRD chairman said.

Mexico will be governed by a progressive party after 2018 because “the time has come for an alternative,” Navarrete said.

The main challenge for the left is to develop a unified vision for the 2018 general elections, Navarrete said.

Mexico is holding its midterm elections on June 7, with 500 seats in Congress, nine governorships and 1,532 local offices up for grabs.

For more information, watch this webcast from our event with Mayor Miguel Ángel Mancera, “The Challenge of Governance: Lessons from Mexico City.”

Visit other posts on this year elections in Mexico City here.

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