MEXICO CITY – Mexico’s ruling conservative National Action Party (PAN) on Jan. 12 named an anti-kidnapping activist, Isabel Miranda de Wallace, as its candidate for Mexico City mayor for the July elections.
De Wallace heads the “Stop Kidnappings” charity and gained notoriety after taking part in the capture of the kidnappers and killers of her son, Hugo Alberto Wallace Miranda, 36, a businessman who was abducted in July 2005.
“I’ve been capable of catching all my son’s kidnappers without being a police officer,” she said when asked about her lack of experience.
Wallace, who doesn’t belong to a political party, received a human rights prize in 2010 from President Felipe Calderón.
The other main Mexican parties, the leftist Party of the Democratic Revolution (PRD) of current Mexico City Mayor Marcelo Ebrard, and the centrist Institutional Revolutionary Party have not yet named their candidates.
The vote will take place on the same day the presidential election is scheduled, July 1.
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