Who is Huacho Díaz, the future governor of Yucatán, and what did he propose?

- June 5, 2024

The third time was the charm for Joaquín Díaz Mena, who is set to become the next governor of Yucatán, the first in the state nominated by Morena, PVEM, and PT. Who is he, and what were his proposals for his administration? Here are the details.

Biography of Huacho Díaz Mena, future governor of Yucatán

Joaquín “Huacho” Díaz Mena is 49 years old. He is married to Wendy Méndez Naal, with whom he has two children: Joaquín and Julián. He is a native of the port of San Felipe, where he became mayor at the age of 25.

That’s where his political career began with PAN, the party that first nominated him for governor in 2012, a position he then lost to the PRI’s Rolando Zapata Bello, who would be a senator in the next legislature.

Joaquín Díaz Mena, with his wife and children

Twenty years ago, from 2004 to 2006, Huacho Díaz was a local deputy and later a federal deputy (2006 to 2009). He then became a delegate of the Ministry of Public Education in Yucatán (2009 to 2011) and a human resources assistant at the SEP from 2012 to 2014.

Huacho Díaz’s Parties

His last position as a representative of the National Action Party was a federal deputyship he reached through proportional representation (from 2015 to 2018). He then left the party because he did not receive the candidacy for the Government of Yucatán, which fell to the current governor Mauricio Vila. Díaz Mena was then the standard-bearer for Morena.

After the defeat, the graduate in Tourism Business Administration from the Technological Institute of Mérida became the federal delegate of the Government’s Welfare Programs, a position he held from 2018 to 2023, the year he began his pre-campaign activities for the governorship.

Accidents of Huacho Díaz Mena

His campaign to become governor of Yucatán began and ended with accidents. The first occurred while he was tending cattle on his ranch, resulting in a broken arm.

The last happened in the early hours of May 29, when the van he was traveling in had a severe crash that caused a fracture to his face and required surgery to save his eye.

Díaz Mena, a master in Public Administration, would arrive at the governorship of Yucatán at 50 years old, with a state congress with a Morena majority and a team of collaborators made up of former PRI members, former PAN members, and new Morena members.

Proposals of Huacho Díaz Mena

The proposals of Joaquín Díaz Mena for his administration are as follows, according to the information he shared with Diario de Yucatán while he was campaigning.

  • Well-being Plan for Yucatán, focused on improving the quality of life of all citizens and strengthening the basic infrastructure of all municipalities with street paving, improvement of public lighting, creation, and rehabilitation of parks and green areas.
  • Integrate Yucatán into the Federalization Agreement of Health Services (IMSS Bienestar) to guarantee universal and efficient access to medical care services. By adhering to this agreement, my government will commit to assuming 100% of the medical care expenses, as well as the necessary studies and medications to ensure comprehensive and equitable coverage in health matters.
  • Multimodal connection between the Trans-Isthmic Train, the Maya Train, and the Port of Progreso. It will create an efficient transportation axis to boost trade and the mobility of people and goods, integrating Yucatán into the national and international economic circuit. A new Metropolitan Ring will also be created.
  • Create new industrial zones inside the State to attract investments and generate quality jobs and promote even economic development. In synergy with Claudia Sheinbaum’s proposal for the new Maya Corridor, industrial zones will be established with the appropriate infrastructure for agro-industry, food and beverage production, and the textile industry.
  • Violet Justice Program, to perfect and institutionalize good practices in preventive security, prosecution, and administration of justice, specifically aimed at training and adequately addressing women and girls. This implies ensuring that all public servants, lawyers, defenders, judges, magistrates, and other justice operators are properly prepared and sensitized to handle these cases with tact and respect for the human rights of women and girls.
  • Well-being Woman Card, to provide more direct support to single mothers and heads of households.

Source: Diario de Yucatan