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Meet Huacho Diaz: Yucatán’s Next Governor!

Joaquín Díaz Mena, often known as Huacho Díaz, is set to become the next governor of Yucatán. This will be his third attempt at the position and his victory marks the first time a governor has been elected from the Morena, PVEM, and PT parties. So, who is Huacho Díaz and what are his plans for his term in office?


49-year-old Joaquin "Huacho" Diaz Mena is married to Wendy Méndez Naal and they have two sons, Joaquín and Julian. He hails from the port of San Felipe, where he began his political career as mayor at the tender age of 25. His first gubernatorial run was in 2012 as a nominee of the PAN party, but he lost to PRI member Rolando Zapata Bello.

Diaz Mena's political career spans over 20 years. From 2004 to 2006, he was a local deputy, then a federal deputy from 2006 to 2009. He served as a delegate of the Ministry of Public Education in Yucatán from 2009 to 2011 and as a human resources assistant in SEP from 2012 to 2014.


Diaz Mena's last role with the National Action Party was as a federal deputy, a position he held from 2015 to 2018. He left the party after failing to secure the nomination for the Yucatán governorship, which was won by Mauricio Vila. Diaz Mena then ran for governor as a Morena candidate. Following his defeat, the Business Administration graduate from Tecnológico de Mérida served as a delegate of the Federal Government's Welfare Programs from 2018 to 2023.

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Diaz Mena's gubernatorial campaign was marked by two accidents. The first, a broken arm sustained while tending cattle on his ranch, and the second, a serious van crash that resulted in facial fractures and required surgery to save his eye. Despite these setbacks, Diaz Mena, a Master in Public Administration, will assume the governorship of Yucatán at the age of 50.


Diaz Mena's administration plans include:

  1. Well-Being Plan for Yucatán: Aiming to improve the quality of life for all citizens, this plan focuses on strengthening basic infrastructure across all municipalities. This includes street paving, public lighting improvements, and the creation and rehabilitation of parks and green areas.

  2. Integrating Yucatán into the Federal Health Services Agreement (IMSS Well-being): This initiative aims to ensure universal and efficient access to medical care. By joining this agreement, Diaz Mena's government will commit to covering 100% of the costs of medical care, including necessary studies and medications, to guarantee comprehensive and equitable health coverage.