Agua Prieta Elects Female Mayor
July 18, 2012

Photo by Peter O'Dowd
National Action Party candidate Lolita Montaño ran for mayor of Agua Prieta, Sonora, but lost. Here she is campaigning a month before the July 1 election.

The Border And The Mexican Ballot

More from the Fronteras Desk journalists who reported along the border about impact the Mexican elections will have on the U.S.

The Mexican elections are over. So let’s follow up on a story we brought you in late May.

Two women were running for mayor in the border city of Agua Prieta, Sonora, Mexico. That’s just over the border from Douglas, Ariz.

Two women had never run for the city’s top job. And they were doing it at the same time a woman was running for Mexico’s presidency. While Josefina Vasquez Mota (PAN) lost the presidential race, a woman did win in Agua Prieta.

It was Irma Villalobos Terán (PRI), as expected. She and her husband, the current mayor Vincente Terán, are political heavyweights in AP. Some people in town are worried about the continued reign of this family, but ultimately the voters spoke. Villalobos Terán won the race in a landslide.

Here is coverage of election results from the Arizona Daily Star.

The other female candidate, Lolita Montaño (PAN), had a great line when I spoke to her during a campaign event a few weeks ago. She said, “I’m a woman who wears skirts. But I can wear the pants comfortably, too.”

If it’s any consolation to Montaño, I’m told the loser of these mayoral races still gets a spot on the city council.