Julián Zacarías Curi. Photo: Facebook

Progreso, Yucatán — The PAN’s Julián Zacarías Curi has apparently prevailed in the race to become the port city’s next mayor.

The Municipal Electoral Council published its preliminary results today. The vote still must be verified by federal officials, as will the results of all the other races.

PAN candidates also apparently prevailed in the state’s two highest-profile contests, mayor of Mérida and governor of Yucatán.

Zacarías Curi garnered 12,901 votes while his PRI opponent, Carmen Ordaz, received 11,456 votes, a gap of 1,445 ballots cast.  The Morena party’s Raúl Alvarado Naal de Morena received 3,691 votes, trailing badly behind the more established party’s candidates.

The results are in contrast with the national trend that has favored Morena candidates in Mexico City. Aside from the firm victory of Andrés Manuel López Obrador, candidates backed by Morena will likely hold majorities in both chambers of Congress.

The PRD candidate obtained 198 votes and a total of 937 null votes were received.

Zacarías will be summoned by the election council today to receive his certificate on Wednesday, at a time yet to be confirmed.

On Thursday, an event will celebrate the triumph, although the time or place has not been confirmed.

He secedes José Isabel Cortés Gongora, of the New Alliance Party (PANAL), and the first non-PRI mayor of Progreso.

Zacarías Curi, who describes himself as a local entrepreneur, is married and has two sons. He ran on a platform of zero tolerance for corruption and for setting an example of austerity, citizen participation and empowering women. In January, he ended his association with PRI to join his current party members.

With information from Progreso Hoy