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Silvano Aureoles Conejo

Silvano Aureoles Conejo is the current governor of the state of Michoacán. He is affiliated with the Party of the Democratic Revolution (PRD), through which he received unanimous nomination for his candidacy as governor. He is an agronomist and holds a bachelor’s in forestry and a master’s in rural regional development from the Autonomous University of Chapingo. Earlier in his career, Aureoles was a representative in the Chamber of Deputies for Zitácuaro, Michoacán. He was previously the mayor of Zitácuaro from 2002 to 2003. Following his mayoral post, he served as a national senator and was heavily involved in committees and commissions related to agriculture, livestock and water management. An advocate for political change, Aureoles formed part of the National Democratic Front in Zitácuaro, and in 1989 was one of the founding members of the PRD. He is also involved in various social movements, including the National Union of Regional and Autonomous Farming Organizations, in which he serves as national executive and state executive coordinator.

On March 1, 2017, Aureoles announced his intention to run for the PRD nomination for president in the 2018 elections. He emphasized his intention to complete his term as governor of Michoacán and announced several new state policies aimed at curbing poverty, crime and cartel activity. He has also recently expressed interest in a running for the presidency through the Frente Amplio Democrático (FAD) alliance.



Miguel Ángel Mancera Espinosa

Miguel Ángel Mancera Espinosa is the current mayor of Mexico City and a member of the Party of the Democratic Revolution (PRD). Mancera holds a law degree from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), receiving the Gabino Barreda Medal for his academic achievements. Mancera also received master's degrees from the University of Barcelona and the Metropolitan Autonomous University, and he holds a J.D. from UNAM.

Mancera has been a professor at several universities, including UNAM, the Mexico Autonomous Institute of Technology and the University of the Valley of Mexico. In 2002, he served as an advisor to Marcelo Ebrard, the then-secretary of public security for Mexico City. He went on to become the Mexico City assistant attorney general in 2006 and later its attorney general from 2008 to 2012. It is speculated that his efforts in office led to the 12 percent decrease in crime in Mexico City, earning him several awards for public service. During the 2012 elections, Mancera ran for head of government of the Federal District (D.F.) on behalf of the Progressive Movement coalition, a collaboration between the PRD, the Labor Party and the Citizen's Movement Party. He was elected mayor on Dec. 5, 2012, securing more than 63 percent of the vote.

Mancera discarded the possibility of running as an independent candidate for the 2018 presidential election and has firmly stated that he will not run through the bipartisan Frente Amplio Democrático (FAD) if a party candidate is to be chosen before the recovery process from the September 2017 earthquake in Mexico City is completed.



Graco Ramírez

Graco Ramírez is currently the governor of the state of Morelos. He founded the Socialist Workers' Party in Mexico in 1978. He has served as a federal deputy in different legislatures, from 1979 to 1982, from 1985 to 1988 and finally from 1994 to 1997. During his tenure as senator from 2006 to 2012, Ramírez worked to advance laws that allow independent candidates to run for elected office, implement citizen referendums and protect children and minors. He ran for governor of Morelos as the nominee for the Progressive Movement (Movimiento Progresista), a coalition of the PRD, the PT and the MC, winning the seat for the 2012-2018 period.

Ramírez holds a law degree from the National Autonomous University of Mexico.


Other candidates

  • Juan Zepeda