The brother of the Morena Party in Baja California state chairman has been appointed to a state position within the Department of Infrastructure, Urban Development and Territorial Reorganization.

Secretary Arturo Espinoza Jaramillo reported having sworn Omar Castro Ponce to assume the position of director of the State Urbanization Board.

According to the statement, the new official is an engineer from the Autonomous University of Baja California (UABC) and holds a master in Real Estate Valuation from the University of Durango.

In addition, he has completed several seminars.

His work experience is extensive in matters of public works, infrastructure and urban development, so he has the tools to carry out the position that he initiates for the benefit of the State, the state adds in the statement.

Castro Ponce is brother to César Castro Ponce, current Chairman of the State Executive Committee of Morena in Baja California.

The current Morena chair was the one who filed a complaint against the appointment of Ismael Burgueño as party leader in September 2020.

The National Committee appointed Burgueño to the position, before which the State Steering Committee, in which former Governor Jaime Bonilla participated, rejected the appointment.

Castro Ponce is the director of Folleto Inmobiliario Real Estate, a company dedicated to buying and selling houses in Mexicali.

A transparency report from the City of Mexicali indicates Castro Ponce studied Civil Engineering at UABC between 1996 and 2006.

Before taking office, he was a delegate in Mexicali of the Department of Integration and Social Welfare for six months in 2020, to later serve as Coordinator of Civil Protection and School Insurance in the Office of Social Participation and School Coexistence of the School Educational System.

He was Head of Urban Control from December 2020 to April 2021 for the City of Mexicali.

In the statement, Espinoza Jaramillo said, “We are convinced that this change within the (Department) will be in progress for the Government of Baja California and above all for the citizenry, for which we wish him much success in the task, reiterating our support and hoping his part all the professionalism and dedication that he has shown up to now throughout his public work.”

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