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Mexico’s Security Secretary Announces He Will Run For Governor In Sonora

Mexico’s Security Secretary confirmed Wednesday that he will step down and run for governor in his home state of Sonora.

Confirming the expectations of many, Security Secretary Alfonso Durazo  announced plans to resign from his post and run for governor of Sonoranext June, during Mexico's upcoming elections.

He said he’s heeding calls to return to Sonora, where he will continue supporting the presidents’ political project, which they call Mexico’s fourth transformation.

Durazo, who has had a long political career, is seen by many as a likely front-runner in what is shaping up to be a race with several prominent Sonoran political figures vying for the governorship.

During his tenure as security secretary, Durazo has overseen a period of growing violence in Sonora which he attributes to intense territorial disputes between criminal groups in the region.

"In Sonora there's an intense dispute to recuperate the territory of old criminal groups, but we are going to have results. There is a program to provide immediate attention for Caborca, Guaymas, Empalme and Cajeme, and to confront the issue there," Durazo said. 

Kendal Blust was a senior field correspondent at KJZZ from 2018 to 2023.