The Dallas Morning News indicates that just three days before Americans celebrate their national day of independence, Mexicans will participate in one of the most consequential elections in their nation’s history. It will be the country’s largest election ever, with more than 3,400 offices to be decided, including the president and every member of Congress. The results are expected to reshape Mexico’s political landscape and will determine the future of its economic model, education system and relationship with the U.S.
Hector Ruiz a proud U.S. citizen who is also proud of his Mexican heritage. My interest in this election goes deep and wide. Deep, as it is entwined with my roots in the state of Coahuila where I was born and raised, and where members of my immediate family still live. Wide, because it spans the long personal journey I undertook in pursuit of an education and subsequent opportunities in the technology sector that simply were not available to me in the Mexico of the 1960s and ’70s.
I left Mexico, but I’ve remained connected to the country and have never lost my love for its culture and my desire to see it and its people do well. That’s why I’m following the current election so closely, reading U.S. and Mexican sources and speaking often with family and friends in both countries to hear their views about the issues and the candidates. I’m often asked how I view the presidential election from afar and whether I have any insights based on my years helping build and guide top-tier global technology companies.
Hector Ruiz was chief executive of Advance Micro Devices and is currently a trustee emeriti of Rice University and a member of the board of trustees of Harvey Mudd College. He wrote this column for The Dallas Morning News.