How could I forget this? Just goes to show.
Last Sunday, June 15 was local election day (as well as cock fight day). At stake was the position of mayor (delegado) of Todos Santos. Competing for the honor (and monetary gains that go along with it) were Jose Luis Castillo and Arturo Martinez (aka “Papule”). I was talking with some Papule supporters and got an interesting story about how the election went.
The voting encompasses not only Todos Santos, but also Pescadero and as far south as Elias Calles. The Todos Santos proper voting put Papule about 170 votes ahead. After calling the Pescadero election office, Papule was certain he had won the election. But a while later, another call from Pescadero revealed the necessity of a recount as some uncounted ballots had been found. At the end of the recount, Papule had lost the election by 33 votes.
A closer look at the statistics reveals some interesting numbers. In Todos Santos, about 50-52% of the eligible voters came out and voted. Historically this is right on track. In the Pescadero area, over 70% of the eligible voters came out and voted. Historically this is 20% higher than other elections and perhaps the largest turnout ever in the southern area. Was there hanky-panky involved? Quien sabe? The Papule camp decided not to contest the election.
Jose Luis is our new mayor beginning sometime in July. He has worked in the municipal office for as long as I can remember. He is the official who shows up at weddings to make the marriage a legal civil union. I have no doubt that he knows how to make things happen here.
Just so you know, I have no bone in this tussle. I didn’t think there was much difference between the candidates. Both are young and energetic and want the best for Todos Santos. Vamos a ver que pasara!