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As Mexico’s Election Looms, Mayors Are Targets of Violence

The hardest thing about running for local office in some parts of the country isn’t putting up the yard signs and knocking on doors.
A community police officer patrols the streets in Guerrero, one of Mexico's most dangerous regions, in 2014.
A community police officer patrols the streets in Guerrero, one of Mexico's most dangerous regions, in 2014. Daniel Becerril/Reuters

Antonia Jaimes Moctezuma was in her restaurant, El Toreo, in Chilapa, Guerrero on February 21 when two men on motorbikes pulled up to the restaurant and started firing shots. She was hit four times and killed.

Jaimes Moctezuma was running for a seat in the state assembly to represent the 25th district of Guerrero for the Revolutionary Democratic Party (PRD). Four days later, the Revolutionary Institutional Party (PRI) candidate for the same assembly seat, Dulce Nayeli Rebaja, was also killed. Neither murder has been solved.