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Politician In Mexico Will Run For Governor Despite Sexual Abuse Accusations

MEXICO CITY — Mexico will hold elections in June for local and state officials. One of the candidates, running for governor of the state of Guerrero, is facing allegations of rape and sexual abuse. But Mexico's president is downplaying the accusations. 

Félix Salgado Macedonio is a former mayor of Acapulco, in the state of Guerrero, running for governor under the president's party (Morena). A group of women are accusing him of sexual offenses, but there is no judicial resolution yet.

Some members of his party oppose his candidacy, but President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said the process to elect him was defined by the people.

The president said the accusations come from opponents during the campaign season.  

But feminist groups and analysts accuse the president of favoring a political pact with Salgado Macedonio and dismissing the fight to stop harassment against women.

Rodrigo Cervantes is KJZZ’s bureau chief in Mexico City, where he was born and raised. He has served as opinion writer, contributor and commentator for several media outlets and organizations in Mexico and the United States, including CNN, Georgia Public Broadcasting and Univisión. Cervantes previously worked as the business editor and editorial coordinator for El Norte, the leading newspaper in Monterrey and a publication of Grupo Reforma, Mexico’s premier news group. In Mexico City, Cervantes served in Reforma as a reporter, special correspondent, editor and special sections coordinator. Cervantes also held the editor position at MundoHispánico, a division of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Georgia’s oldest and largest Latino newspaper. He also participated as one of the first members of the Diversity Advisory Group for Cox Media. In 2012, Cervantes was appointed as fellow for the Leadership Program of The New York Times/Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard, as well as for the "Líderes Digitales" program from the International Center for Journalists. In 2010, he was awarded with the Poynter-McCormick Leadership Fellowship. Cervantes graduated with honors in communication sciences and journalism from the Instituto Tecnológico de Monterrey (ITESM), Mexico City Campus. Later, he was granted the Fundación Carolina Scholarship from the Spanish government to obtain an MBA degree at San Pablo-CEU School of Business (Madrid). Other awards include: the Power 30 Under 30 Award for Professional and Community Excellence in Atlanta, the Outstanding Alumni Medal from ITESM, and several José Martí Awards for Journalism Excellence from the National Association of Hispanic Publications (NAHP). Cervantes enjoys music, books, travel, friendship, good mezcal and the occasional company of his guitar.