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Guadalajara Mayor hopefuls face off

The four leading candidates for mayor of Guadalajara took part in a lively debate Wednesday in the regal surroundings of the Universidad de Guadalajara Paraninfo.  In front of a majestic backdrop – Jose Clemente Oroozc’s mural ‘El pueblo y sus falsos líderes’  (The people and their false leaders) – the candidates talked up their somewhat similar platforms, outlining the need for greater community policing, transparency in government and the obligation to invest in non-motorized transportation. Polls suggest Enrique Alfaro of the Citizens Movement (MC) and Ricardo Villanueva of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) are running neck and neck. The Guadalajara mayor’s job is the most coveted in all Mexico and often a fast-track route to the governor’s chair.