It's official: Elorduy is new Baja governor

July 17, 2001|By ARTURO BOJORQUEZ, Staff Writer

MEXICALI — Eugenio Elorduy Walther, the National Action Party gubernatorial candidate for Baja California, was formally declared governor Monday as he received proof of victory from the state electoral institute.

Elorduy will become the forth PAN governor in a row in Baja California, following Ernesto Ruffo Appel, Héctor Terán — who died in the middle of his term — and Alejandro González Alcocer, the substitute governor.

Elorduy will become the 12th governor of the state.

Elorduy urged Baja Californians to now stop thinking about political parties and concentrate instead on the good of the state.

He thanked his fellow candidates, whom he invited to bring their ideas for use by his administration.

A tearful Elorduy also thanked his family for supporting him.

Elorduy will be sworn in Nov. 1 and it is expected President Vicente Fox will attend the ceremony.

Jaime Díaz, the PAN Mexicali mayoral candidate, also received official word his election had been finalized.


"We have to respect all ideologies that will become part of our administration," Diaz said.

PAN will govern four Baja California municipalities: Mexicali, Tijuana Ensenada and Rosarito.

Mayors and council members will take office Dec. 1.

Also, PAN will obtain 12 seats in the state Chamber of Deputies. The Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI, got three seats, districts 5 and 6 from Mexicali and District 7 from Tecate.

The Green-Ecologist Party — which was allied with PAN — won District 16, encompassing Rosarito and parts of Tijuana.

The law establishes a proportional representation system that allows parties to get some seats even though the candidate for those parties lost the election.

Staff Writer Arturo Bojorquez may be reached at 337-3451.

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