The murdered Ricardo Guzmán Romero, mayor of La Piedad, was the coordinator of PAN's mayors in Michoacán. He was also close to President Felipe Calderón, and to his sister, "Cocoa," who is now seeking to become governor of Michoacán.
His murder appears a straight execution: A Jeep drove up to the mayor while he was busy putting up a banner, and gunned him down.
Michoacán is having elections on Nov. 13. So far, 1060 observers have been registered for the election, none of them foreign, and so far no special security/protection has been put in place to make sure they are not victims of organized crime on election day.