The people of Mexico will go the polls on July 1 to pick a new president. One issue on the minds of many Mexican voters is the continuing drug war between cartels and the government. Some of Mexico's presidential candidates have said they want to change the country's approach to the drug war. They want less focus on fighting cartels with the military and more focus on economic and social needs of the Mexican people.
Current President, Felipe Calderon has used the Mexican Army aggressively to fight cartels. While the election enters its last two weeks of campaigning what does it mean for residents on this side of the border? And how would a new approach on fighting cartels impact security in the border region?
A new series on the Mexican election from Fronteras: The Changing America Desk
explores the importance of the Mexican election on both sides of the border. We talk with two reporters from the series on how businesses and people on both sides of the border will be affected by the election.
Peter O'Dowd, reporter, Fronteras: The Changing America Desk
Michel Marizco, reporter, Fronteras: The Changing America Desk