Eight of the current governors come from Morena and two from the PAN; three out of every 10 inhabitants of Mexico live in an entity headed by a woman.
In the country there are nine women who currently govern one of the 32 states and it is expected that on September 15 Delfina Gómez will take office as governor of the State of Mexico, with which in the country there will be 10 women at the head of a state simultaneously.
In the history of Mexico until 2018, only nine women had held the position of governor in Mexico for different periods in seven entities: Tlaxcala, Colima, Yucatán, Zacatecas, Sonora, Puebla and Mexico City.
In 1979 Griselda Álvarez became the first woman to occupy a governorship in the country, winning in Colima.
Delfina Gomez (Morena)
She was born on November 15, 1962. She is a teacher in Education with a specialty in Administration of Educational Institutions. She has been a basic education teacher and was the municipal president of Texcoco, State of Mexico from 2012 to 2015.
This year she competed for the second time for the governorship of Edomex, which she won, achieving alternation in the entity, and will take office next September. She was working as a senator of the Republic when she was appointed Secretary of Education in the government of Andrés Manuel López Obrador, a position she left to return to the Upper House and request a license to contest the elections on June 4.
Tere Jimenez (PAN)
Jiménez is a deputy in the 65th Legislature, in which she is part of the Transparency, Governance and Surveillance commissions of the Superior Audit of the Federation.
Tere Jimémez is originally from Valle de Bravo, State of Mexico, and joined the ranks of the National Action Party (PAN) since she was 18 years old, which led her to work as Secretary of Youth Action for the CDE in Aguascalientes.
In her political career, she has held various positions at both the federal and local levels. In 2017, she became mayor of the municipality of Aguascalientes, a position she held three times until 2021. For the 2021 elections, she was elected federal deputy for District II of Aguascalientes, and a year later governor.
Mara Lezama (Morena)
Mara Lezama is mayor of Benito Juárez (Cancún) and this is the first time that she has sought the governorship of the state.
She was elected as governor of Quintana Roo in 2022. Before entering politics, Lezama Espinosa worked as a journalist for the local media Grupo Turquesa and Grupo SIPSE. She is a graduate of the Anahuac University, where she studied Communication Sciences.
In 2015, she registered as a Morena militant to run for the first time for a popularly elected position: the municipal presidency of Benito Juárez (Cancún), but she declined in favor of Julián Ramírez Florescano. For the 2018 elections, she ran for the same position again and became the second elected mayor. In 2021, Lezama announced her candidacy for re-election as mayor, which she also won. A year later she took office as governor.
Maru Campos (PAN)
According to Chihuahua governor-elect Maru Campos, current state leader Javier Corral has refused to sit down and work with her on the state government transition.
Maru Campos was born in the city of Chihuahua on September 11, 1975. She has been a local and federal deputy, in the federal government she collaborated in the two PAN six-year terms, both with former president Vicentre Fox and Felipe Calderón. She was also elected as mayor of Chihuahua on two occasions.
In June 2021, she won the Chihuahua gubernatorial race, taking a protest in September of that year. She was named by the national president of the PAN, Marko Cortés, as one of the party’s cards for the presidency of the Republic. She herself has indicated that she is “moved” by the 2024 contest.
Indira Vizcaino (Morena)
During her first message as a candidate for governor, Indira Vizcaíno called on citizens to join the fourth transformation project.
She was born on January 14, 1987. She has a law degree from the University of Colima. In 2015 she was the municipal president of Cuahtémoc, Colima, and in 2017 secretary of Social Development in the entity. She has also served as a federal representative.
Vizcaíno served as a delegate of the Development Programs of the Government of the Republic, and in 2018 she was elected as a federal deputy for the 64th Legislature. In 2021 she ran for state governorship for Morena and won.
Marina del Pilar Ávila (Morena)
Her trajectory was carried out mainly in the academic field, at the state university. Her public life began in 2012 and in 2016 she joined Morena.
In 2018 she was elected as a federal deputy, and in 2019 she requested a license from office to seek the mayoralty of Mexicali, which she won that same year.
Layda Sansores (Morena)
The mayoress of Álvaro Obregón won the Morena poll, so she will be a candidate for the governorship of Campeche.
She was born in the city of Campeche, Campeche, on August 7, 1945. She is a normal teacher and psychologist. She has held various administrative positions in the government of the then Federal District, today Mexico City. She has also been a senator and a federal representative. She was awarded an Emmy for her participation as an executive producer in the documentary “Presumpto Culpable”.
Laya Sansores was mayor of Álvaro Obregón and on January 15, 2021, she requested a license from the local Congress to separate from office, after she won the internal poll of Morena to become coordinator of the defense of the Fourth Transformation in Campeche and candidate for the governorship, which she won.
Evelyn Salgado (Morena)
Evelyn Salgado took office as governor of Guerrero in 2021. Her candidacy and campaign were controversial because she was appointed to replace her father, Félix Salgado Macedonio, whose registration was withdrawn for failing to comply with his audit reports before the INE.
She served as director of the System for the Comprehensive Development of Families (DIF) of Acapulco, local representative for the PRD (2012), delegate of the State Secretariat for Women (until before her candidacy) and adviser to PRD representative Guillermo López Ruvalcaba in the Congress of Morelos.
Lorena Cuéllar (Morena)
She was born on February 20, 1962. She studied Special Education at the Autonomous University of Tlaxcala. She served as councilor of Tlaxcala in 2015 and municipal president of the same in 2010. She has also served as a local deputy on two occasions.
She is the granddaughter of former governors Crisanto Cuéllar Abaroa and Joaquín Cisneros. Also a former senator and former federal representative, she began her career in the PRI, where she served for 20 years. She later joined the PRD and then Morena. In 2021 she competed for the governorship of Tlaxcala for Morena and won.
Claudia Sheinbaum (Morena)
She was elected in 2018 as head of the Government of Mexico City and this year she sounds like one of the candidates for the presidency of the Republic for Morena, if that were the case, she would have to resign from her position.
Her first position in the public administration was alongside Andrés Manuel López Obrador. In 2000 she became Mexico City’s Secretary of the Environment, a position she left in 2006 to become a spokesperson for AMLO’s presidential campaign.
In 2014 she was an active part in the formation of the National Regeneration Movement (Morena), which later became the political party with which she won the Tlalpan delegation in the 2015 elections, a position she left to compete for the leadership of government.