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Will the New Mexican President Visit Fresno? It Wouldn't Be the First Time.
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By Edward Smith
Published 2 weeks ago on
June 3, 2024

Claudia Sheinbaum was voted in as Mexico's first woman president in a landmark victory Sunday, June 2, 2024. (GV Wire Composite/Paul Marshall)

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Mexican presidents have a history of visiting California.

Last year, President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador visited San Francisco for the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation forum — the same visit Gov. Gavin Newsom received political flak for when he was able to clean Bay Area streets in remarkable time.

Before Obrador’s visit, then-President Enrique Peña Nieto toured California in 2014 with Gov. Jerry Brown, visiting Los Angeles and Sacramento.

In 2017, former Mexican president Vicente Fox spoke in Fresno about immigration issues as part of San Joaquin Valley Town Hall. Fox also visited Fresno in 2001 when he was president, according to a representative from the Mexican consulate.

The California-Mexico relationship cannot be understated.

California’s Mexican population is the largest group of the state’s Hispanics. People of Mexican origin comprise 30% of California’s 39 million population, according to census data.

While Mexico purchases 16.5% of all California goods, the state imported $61.5 billion of goods from its southern border neighbor, the California Chamber of Commerce says.

The consulate said it’s too soon to say whether president-elect Claudia Sheinbaum would visit Fresno. But given Mayor Jerry Dyer’s emphasis on foreign relations, don’t rule it out.

Armenian President Visited Fresno Last Month

Dyer’s team did not get back to inquiries from GV Wire about his thoughts on the election or whether he had sent out an invitation.

In May, Armenian President Vahagn Khachaturyan came to Fresno and visited the grave of famed author and Central Valley native William Saroyan. He and Dyer visited Ararat Cemetery, where Saroyan is buried and followed it up with a lunch.

It was the first time a sitting Armenian president visited the city.

2024 marked the first year that eligible Mexican citizens could vote in person outside of the country.

During her campaign, Sheinbaum visited L.A.

The Central Valley is home to 1.5 million Mexicans and Mexican-Americans, according to the consulate.

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Edward Smith,
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Edward Smith began reporting for GV Wire in May 2023. His reporting career began at Fresno City College, graduating with an associate degree in journalism. After leaving school he spent the next six years with The Business Journal, doing research for the publication as well as covering the restaurant industry. Soon after, he took on real estate and agriculture beats, winning multiple awards at the local, state and national level. You can contact Edward at 559-440-8372 or at Edward.Smith@gvwire.com.

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