Carlos Joaquín González

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Carlos Manuel Joaquín González
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8th Governor of Quintana Roo
Assumed office
September 25, 2016
Preceded by Roberto Borge Angulo
Personal details
Born (1965-01-06) 6 January 1965 (age 53)
Cancún, Quintana Roo, Mexico
Nationality Mexican
Political party PAN/PRD
Occupation Politician

Carlos Manuel Joaquín González (born January 6, 1965) is a Mexican politician, the governor of the state of Quintana Roo. From 2009 to 2012 he served as Deputy of the LXI Legislature of the Mexican Congress representing Quintana Roo.[1]


Joaquín González was born on January 6, 1965, in Cancún, the half brother of Pedro Joaquín Coldwell, a former PRI president, senator and current Secretary of Energy.[2] He obtained his undergraduate degree in public accounting from the Universidad Autónoma de Yucatán in 1988.[1] Through the 1980s and 1990s, he worked for various companies; he supervised the auditing department of Hidrogenadora Yucateca, S.A. de C.V. from 1984 to 1988 and worked as an operations manager at other southeastern Mexican companies, including Aerovias Caribe, S.A. de C.V. (1988–90) and Portatel del Sureste, S.A. de C.V. (1990–2001). He also specialized in senior management at Tec de Monterrey.[1]

In 1999, he became an active member of the PRI. He served as the treasurer of Solidaridad, Quintana Roo (the municipality containing Playa del Carmen) from 2002 to 2005 and was municipal president from 2005 to 2008.[1] Also in 2008, he served as president of the Association of Coastal Municipalities of Mexico.[1] For one year after leaving Solidaridad, Joaquín González became the secretary of tourism for Quintana Roo.

In 2009, Joaquín González won election to the LXI Legislature as a federal deputy representing the third district of Quintana Roo, which includes Cancún. He presided over the Tourism Commission and served on the Navy and Fishing Commissions during his three years in San Lázaro.[1]

After his time as a federal deputy, Joaquín González was designated as Subsecretary of Operations, and later as Subsecretary of Innovation and Tourist Development, in the Secretariat of Tourism. He resigned from SECTUR in January 2016[3] and intended to seek the PRI's candidacy for governor of Quintana Roo for the second time; in 2010, he was defeated in the internal election by Roberto Borge, who went on to become governor.[4]

On February 9, however, Joaquín González left the PRI after 17 years, claiming that a group within the state party led by Governor Roberto Borge was not letting him run for governor.[5] One of his exploratory pre-campaign events was shut down by local and state officials for not notifying civil protection authorities.[2] He would later call the state party "closed, corrupt, complicated", exclusive and discriminatory.[6] Two days later, Joaquín González accepted the invitation of the PAN-PRD coalition to become the alliance's candidate for the gubernatorial elections.[7]

In the gubernatorial elections held on June 5, 2016, Joaquín González and the PAN-PRD alliance defeated Mauricio Góngora, the PRI candidate, by ten percentage points.[8]


  1. ^ a b c d e f "Perfil del legislador". Legislative Information System. Retrieved December 7, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "Perfil: Carlos Joaquín González". El Universal. February 20, 2016. Retrieved June 8, 2016. 
  3. ^ Caballero, Sergio (January 14, 2016). "Tras renunciar en Sectur, Carlos Joaquín González va por la candidatura del PRI en Q. Roo". Proceso. Retrieved June 8, 2016. 
  4. ^ "Carlos Joaquín, el ex priísta que triunfó en QRoo con la oposición". Milenio. June 6, 2016. Retrieved June 8, 2016. 
  5. ^ Morales, Alberto; Rodríguez, Alejandro (February 9, 2016). "Renuncia Carlos Joaquín al Tricolor". El Universal. 
  6. ^ Varillas, Adriana (March 18, 2016). "Corrupción y cerrazón del PRI obligaron mi renuncia: Carlos Joaquín". El Universal. Retrieved June 8, 2016. 
  7. ^ Varillas, Adriana (February 11, 2016). "PAN y PRD se pronuncian por Carlos Joaquín". El Universal. Retrieved June 8, 2016. 
  8. ^ El País – Mexico election results, accessed 8 June 2016