Who are Francia Márquez and Marelen Castillo? They are the two women who will be running for vice president of Colombia.
Gustavo Petro and Rodolfo Hernández are the two candidates for the second round, which will be on June 19. However, two women are running for vice president, which is something that will stand out on this election day.
One of Francia Márquez and Marelen Castillo will be the next vice president of Colombia. This is a big deal because it will affect who will be the next president of Colombians from 2022 to 2026.
Márquez is a lawyer who is 40 years old. She was born in Suárez, department of Cauca, to a family of miners and farmers. She has been a leader in her community, and in 2018 she won the Goldman Environmental Prize, which is known as the "Nobel Prize of the environment."
"We're voting for hope and change today. We vote for the elderly, the poor, the indigenous, the Afro-American people, the young, and the LGBTQ+ people. We vote for a new way of running the government. No one will have power, she wrote on Francia Márquez's Twitter account on Sunday.
At first, Hernández chose Paola Ochoa as his running mate, but the journalist turned down the offer.
As a replacement for Ochoa, he joined the campaign of Marelen Castillo, the former mayor of Bucaramanga, who is a researcher, has Afro-descent, is an expert in technology, and has a PhD in education.
Castillo was born to be a teacher. She has also taught at Nova Southern University, the Indo-American Polytechnic, the digital university institution of Antioquia, the Central University, and the Lumen Gentium Catholic Foundation, among other places.
She says that she is a "professional expert in designing curriculum for higher education." She also works for the Ministry of National Education of Colombia as a contractor and as an academic peer. She has been a consultant, adviser, and guest speaker on higher education issues in the virtual and distance modality for universities in the United States and other countries.
Francia Márquez was a pre-candidate for the consultation of the Historical Pact, and she was later named Gustavo Petro's vice-presidential formula.
During his campaign, he talked to the singer Marbelle and did some things that caused trouble, like saying that the eggs came from Germany. The campaign ended with an incident where a laser was pointed at him while he was giving a speech in the public square.
Marelen Castillo, for her part, talked during the campaign about a number of important issues for the country.
In this way, Rodolfo Hernández's vice-presidential candidate, Marelen Castillo, hinted that the pension savings belong to the people who have worked their whole lives to get them. She also said that if they win the Presidency of the Republic, they will help people who are old but haven't been able to retire in the country.
"There are people who haven't been able to use those savings because they couldn't contribute at the time because of how they were living, like street vendors and people with small businesses. They haven't been able to help themselves have a good old age. For them, we suggest a subsidy. If we save every penny and take care of Colombians' money, it will be enough to help these citizens who don't have a pension, Castillo said.
Castillo talked about Esmad and how important it was to train the uniformed. "We need to get our Public Force back to how it used to be, but we need to train them in human rights and respect for life. We can't gradually bring them in without a training process, and that process starts when we choose them, link them together, and make a life project for the country."