Eugenio Elorduy Walther

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Eugenio Elorduy
13th Governor of Baja California
In office
November 1, 2001 – October 31, 2007
Preceded by Alejandro González Alcocer
Succeeded by José Guadalupe Osuna
Personal details
Born (1940-11-21) November 21, 1940 (age 73)
Calexico, California
Political party National Action Party (PAN)
Spouse(s) Elena Blackaller
Profession Businessperson
Religion Roman Catholic

Eugenio Elorduy Walther (b. November 21, 1940, Calexico, California) is a Mexican politician. He was governor of his adoptive state of Baja California from November 1, 2001 thru October 31, 2007. His wife Elena Blackaller served as first lady.

Biography[edit]

He graduated with honors from the Instituto Tecnologico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (ITESM) in Business Administration in 1965. He became a member of the Partido Acción Nacional three years later and was elected as a council member in 1968, state congressman in 1974. He was the Secretary of Finance under Ernesto Ruffo's administration (1989–1995). He was elected as president of the municipality of Mexicali for the 1995-1998 term for the National Action Party (PAN). He was elected on July 8, 2001 as governor of his state representing the PAN (in alliance with the Green Party of Mexico).

Governorship of Baja California[edit]

In 2007 Elorduy was accused by members of his own party that he supported the primary candidacy of José Guadalupe Osuna, to this he declared that the PAN will keep the governorship in the next six years.[1]

Organized crime[edit]

During the government of Ernesto Ruffo (1989–1995) Elorduy paid 150,000 pesos (roughly 50,000 US dollars) of state funds to bail out Sergio Ortiz Lara when he was accused in 1994 of collaborating with drug dealers.

In a video released by the Zeta weekly, a former commander of the state police accused Antonio Martínez Luna, Baja California's Attorney General, and other members of public security of being involved in activities regarding drug trafficking, homicide, kidnapping, disappearing and hiding of dead bodies and accepting bribes.[2]

In 2001, Antonio Carmona, Elorduy's chief of police during his mayorship of Mexicali was condemned to 36 years of jail for contributing with drug-dealing and organized crime.[3]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ La Jornada, El PAN conservará el gobierno de BC, asegura el mandatario, March 6, 2007.
  2. ^ La Jornada, Indagar nexos del procurador de BC con el hampa, piden en la Permanente, May 10, 2007.
  3. ^ La Jornada, El nuevo director del reclusorio de La Mesa fue aprehendido en 1994, August 24, 2002

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Preceded by
Alejandro González Alcocer
Governors of Baja California
2001–2007
Succeeded by
José Guadalupe Osuna
Preceded by
Francisco Pérez Tejada
Presidents of Mexicali
1995–1998
Succeeded by
Víctor Hermosillo Celada