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Candidate Profile: Jorge Álvarez Máynez

Alexandra Helfgott

Jorge Álvarez Máynez is Movimiento Ciudadano (MC) for the presidency of Mexico. Born and raised in Zacatecas, Zacatecas, he holds a degree in International Relations from Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Occidente and two masters degrees – one in Public Policy and Administration from Tecnológico de Monterrey and the other in Constitutional Law and Human Rights from Centro de Estudios Jurídicos Carbonell. Until 2010, Álvarez was a member of the Partido de la Revolución Democrática (PRD) and represented the party in the city government of Zacatecas from 2004 until 2007. However, internal conflict within the party pushed Álvarez to switch alliances, eventually joining the PRI-PVEM-Nueva Alianza coalition. From 2010 until 2013, Álvarez served as a local deputy representing Nueva Alianza. Álvarez announced his candidacy for the municipal presidency of Guadalupe, Zacatecas – a move which earned him the attention of Dante Delgado, the founder of MC. Álvarez ultimately lost the election, but was named MC’s Secretary for Organization and National Political Action, thus solidifying his involvement in the party. From 2015 until 2018, Álvarez served as federal deputy and was re-elected in 2021. During his second term, he also served as MC’s coordinator of federal deputies.

Whereas candidates for Morena and the Frente Amplio por Méxicowere announced in early September, MC did not name a candidate until early November. Samuel García, the current governor of Nuevo León, announced his candidacy, but withdrew his name from consideration less than a month later.

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