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Alfredo del Mazo Maza

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Alfredo del Mazo Maza
Alfredo del Mazo Maza en 2017.jpg
Governor of the State of Mexico
Assumed office
16 September 2017
Preceded by Eruviel Ávila
Deputy to the Congress of the Union (18th Federal Electoral District of the State of Mexico)
In office
29 August 2015 – 30 January 2017
Preceded by Fernando Alfredo Maldonado
Succeeded by Miguel Ángel Ramírez Ponce
Municipal President of Huixquilucan
In office
2009–2012
Preceded by Feliz Adrian Fuentes Villalobos
Succeeded by Carlos Iriarte Mercado[1]
Personal details
Born (1975-12-05) 5 December 1975 (age 42)
Toluca, State of Mexico, Mexico
Political party Institutional Revolutionary
Alma mater Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México
Occupation Accountant

Alfredo del Mazo Maza (born 5 December 1975) is a Mexican politician affiliated to the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) and was sworn as the current Governor of the State of Mexico. Members of del Mazo's family have collectively governed of the State of Mexico for 23 years, starting with his grandfather Alfredo del Mazo Vélez (1945-1951); then followed by his father Alfredo del Mazo González (1981-1986), his cousin Enrique Peña Nieto (2005-2011); with Arturo Montiel, connected to the family because of being Peña Nieto's uncle, the del Mazo family's rule extends to 29 years.

Early life[edit]

Del Mazo was born on 5 December 1975 to Alfredo del Mazo González, governor of the State of Mexico between 1981 and 1986; his grandfather, Alfredo del Mazo Vélez, was in turn governor between 1945 and 1951.[2] He is also a cousin of current president and former governor Enrique Peña Nieto.[2] He attended the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México and graduated with a degree in business administration, then went on to graduate studies at Harvard University.[3] In his early career, he held several public and private sector positions of a financial nature. He was a Developer of Financial Projects for Grupo Financiero Serfín between 1996 and 1997 and Banco Azteca from 2003 to 2005. He also briefly worked at Pemex between 2000 and 2001.[3]

Political career[edit]

Del Mazo's first post in the State of Mexico government was as the director general of small business programs in the Secretariat of Economic Development, from 2005 to 2006; he left that post to serve as the director general of the State of Mexico Entrepreneurship Institute, where he remained for two years before being tapped to serve as the state secretary of tourism.[3] He also became a national political councilor and member of the PRI's Permanent Political Commission.[3]

In 2009, del Mazo successfully ran for the municipal presidency of Huixquilucan and served a three-year term.[3] When that term ended, newly installed President Peña Nieto placed him in the position of director of Banobras, the National Bank of Public Works and Services.[3] During most of this time, he also presided a committee heading outreach to Congress by the Mexican Federation of Municipalities.[3]

In 2015, voters in the 18th district of the State of Mexico, also including Huixquilucan, sent del Mazo to the Chamber of Deputies for the LXIII Legislature of the Mexican Congress. He presided over two commissions but not at the same time, leaving the Infrastructure Commission in March 2016 to become the president of the Budget and Public Account Commission, a post he would hold until leaving the Chamber definitively on January 30, 2017, in order to pursue a candidacy for governor. He was replaced in San Lázaro by Miguel Ángel Ramírez Ponce.[3]

2017 gubernatorial campaign[edit]

Six years after initially pursuing the PRI gubernatorial nomination secured by Eruviel Ávila in 2011,[2] del Mazo was tapped as the PRI's gubernatorial candidate in 2017, vying for an office the party had never lost.[4] During the campaign, del Mazo was criticized for promoting himself using images from the Japanese animated film My Neighbor Totoro without permission.[5] The election quickly turned into a two-horse race with del Mazo being challenged by Morena candidate Delfina Gómez Álvarez. On election day, the official count gave del Mazo the victory with 33.69 percent of the vote compared to 30.91 percent for Gómez Álvarez.[6]

Accusations of electoral fraud[edit]

Despite the official vote results given by the National Electoral Institute, the election was marred by irregularities including reports of vote-buying,[7] spending beyond legal campaign finance limits,[8] and electoral counts that gave del Mazo extra votes that awarded the election to him.[9]

In November 2017, magazine Proceso published an article accusing the PRI of breaking at least 16 state laws during the elections, which were denounced 619 times. They said that all of them were broken in order to favor del Mazo during the election.[10]

Governor of Mexico[edit]

Alfredo del Mazo was sworn as governor in September, 15 of 2017. One of his campaign promises was to decrease crime within his first 100 days as governor. However, the opposite ended happening instead, as 28,508 violent crimes were denounced within Alfredo del Mazo's first month as governor; the highest amount of violent crimes in the history of the state of Mexico.[11][12]

Personal life[edit]

Del Mazo is married to Fernanda del Castillo; the couple have four children, including two from a previous relationship. On 30 March 2017, del Castillo gave birth to a child, Alfredo del Mazo IV.[13]

For 23 years in a row, all elected governors in the state of Mexico share family ties to del Mazo's family. If del Mazo ends up fulfilling his scheduled term in office, it will elevate the uninterrupted family gubernatorial rule to 29 years.[14]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Huixquilucan". Enciclopedia de los Municipios de México. INAFED. Retrieved 10 June 2017. 
  2. ^ a b c "Perfil: Alfredo del Mazo". El Universal. 27 January 2017. Retrieved 9 June 2017. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h "Alfredo del Mazo Maza (LXIII Legislatura)". Sistema de Información Legislativa. Retrieved 9 June 2017. 
  4. ^ Rebolledo, Ruy Alonso (6 April 2017). "¿Quién es Alfredo del Mazo Maza?". El Economista. Retrieved 9 June 2017. 
  5. ^ Téllez, Omar (16 May 2017). "Alfredo del Mazo quiere ganarse el corazón de los otakus mexiquenses". Cultura Colectiva. Retrieved 16 May 2017. 
  6. ^ Barrera, Juan Manuel (9 June 2017). "IEEM ratifica ventaja de Del Mazo en el Edomex". El Universal. Retrieved 9 June 2017. 
  7. ^ Hernández, Leopoldo (4 June 2017). "Denuncian compra de votos a favor de Alfredo del Mazo". El Economista. Retrieved 9 June 2017. 
  8. ^ Olvera, Dulce (8 June 2017). "Del Mazo gastó 412 millones 225 mil en Edomex, cuando sólo podía disponer de 285 millones: Morena". SinEmbargo. Retrieved 9 June 2017. 
  9. ^ "El PREP sumó al PRI 238 mil 145 votos de más en el Edomex, con los que da ventaja a Del Mazo". SinEmbargo. 7 June 2017. Retrieved 9 June 2017. 
  10. ^ http://www.proceso.com.mx/511392/ni-libre-ni-autentica-la-eleccion-en-edomex-ni-fraude
  11. ^ https://aristeguinoticias.com/2211/mexico/recrudecen-asaltos-con-violencia-en-edomex-video/
  12. ^ https://aristeguinoticias.com/2111/mexico/gobierno-de-alfredo-del-mazo-inicio-con-record-de-delitos/
  13. ^ Jiménez Jacinto, Rebeca (3 April 2017). "Nace hijo de Alfredo del Mazo Maza". El Universal. Retrieved 9 June 2017. 
  14. ^ http://www.vanguardia.com.mx/articulo/la-familia-del-mazo-pena-montiel-sumo-ya-23-anos-en-control-del-edomex

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Political offices
Preceded by
Félix Adrián Fuentes Villalobos
Mayor of Huixquilucan de Degollado
2010–2012
Succeeded by
Carlos Iriarte Mercado
Preceded by
Eruviel Ávila Villegas
Governor of the State of Mexico
2017 – present
Incumbent