Millions of people in the U.S. are paying close attention to the upcoming presidential elections in November, but one Tucson resident is also following the electoral action south of the border.
Dolores Durán-Cerda is acting assistant vice chancellor at Pima Community College, and a professor of Spanish language, literature and culture in the college's World Languages Department.
She says the upcoming election on Sunday, July 1st will allow millions of Mexicans to elect their next president for one six-year term.
She believes it's a good thing for people in Arizona and other places to follow the action, especially if they are interested in topics such as languages, politics and geography.
"Learning a language is not just having to do with the grammar and the structure and the accents and things like that, but it also has to do with the culture and the people and what the perspectives are in the country," Durán-Cerda says.
Unlike the U.S., Mexico has three main political parties: the PRI (Institutional Revolutionary Party), the PAN (National Action Party) and the PRD (Democratic Revolutionary Party).
The PRI, which ruled Mexico for decades but was defeated 12 years ago and again in 2006 by the PAN, is now in first place, according to recent polls.
This year, the PAN is trying to be elected for a third time, with a female candidate at the helm. So there is a chance, says Durán-Cerda, that Mexico will elect its first female president.