Enrique Pena Nieto is number one for the Partido Revolucionario Institutional (PRI) to the election for president of Mexico in 2012 Before he decided to run for president, he was the young governor of the State of Mexico from 2005 to 2011. While being related to several politicians, his political training and career commenced after completing a law degree from Universidad Panamericana and an MBA degree from Instituto Tecnologico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey.
Peña Nieto has been a member of PRI since 1984. He first worked as an instructor in PRI's Electoral Training Center before becoming Coordinator for the party's Parliamentary Group in the LV Legislature. He was Chairman of the Political Coordination Board of the same legislature.
He is no stranger to politics having been involved with the state government of Mexico from the 90's until 2002. He held various positions such as Government Administration Secretary, President of the Directive Council for the Social Security Institute, President of the Internal Council of Health Institute and Vice President of the Government Board for Integral Family Development System During this period, he also secured membership to the National Institute of Public Administration and the Administrative Council for Decentralized Public Agencies.
Nieto exemplified what it means to be dedicated to politics by also being a political advisor to the PRI in addition to everything else. Everything he has done within the PRI organization has led up to this moment in time as a presidential candidate. His elaborate and systematic plan of action from state government to presidential candidate has been steady.
In 2004, he played a role in nominating candidates for governor of the state of Mexico. Because of his experience, he was able to win against such candidates as, Guillermo González Martínez, Gustavo Cárdenas Monroy, Jaime Vázquez Castillo, Eduardo Bernal Martínez, Fernando Alberto García Cuevas, Cuauhtémoc García Ortega, Isidro Pastor Medrano, Enrique Jacob Rocha, Héctor Luna de la Vega and Carlos Hank Rhon. He represented the PRI as the gubernatorial candidate in February of 2005.
Votes were counted on July 3, 2005. He won by a landslide with a vote of 49 percent. Five thousand people watched him become the official governor of the state of Mexico on September 15, 2005 at the Morelos Theater in Toluca.
Advocacies on environment, energy reform and sustainable development and the acceleration of educational reform in support of youth empowerment and employment generation, all items on his list of things to get done. A true politician, he proved himself extremely capable of handling conflict within the party. His success as governor in helping the people of the state of Mexico helped him obtain the presidential candidacy.
At the end of his term as governor of the state of Mexico, he announced his bid for nomination as the official Presidential candidate of the PRI party. Oddly, Senator Manlio Fabio Beltrones, his only opponent decided not to run. Beltrone's decision not to run has enabled the PRI party to get behind Nieto one hundred percent.
Despite the mafia like rise to power, Pena Nieto is expected to be the next president of Mexico. As part of his campaign to become president, he has held pretend presidential polls against his opponents. July 1, 2012, will mark a new era in politics for Mexico, when the people will elect a new President.
The PRI expects their candidate to win. Mexico has always called their head of state president, but truthfully, men who were more like dictators have ruled Mexico, and Enrique Pena Nieto hopes to change all that. He thinks that he knows how to help Mexico shed its troubles and become the great nation it should be.
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