Mexico City (AFP) – Wanted: A job candidate capable of coping with a poisonous Donald Trump, a record-breaking murder rate, a dirty war on drugs, a sluggish economy, and a corruption-ridden political system.
Like the campaign The next president of the country has a long list of problems waiting for him.
Here is a look at the four contestants competing for the job:
– Lopez Obrador, the front runner –
Veteran Left Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador is one of the most vociferous figures in Mexican politics.
His third presidential bid – which he swears will be the last – the man known as "AMLO" to show a gentler side, to mitigate his fiery attacks on the "Mafia of Power" and of the critical warnings of the Critics of how he would ruin Latin America's second largest economy, laugh.
When enemies accuse him of ties to Russia, he ironically made the insult ironic and put on a Russian Uschank hat called "Andres Manuelovich".
The former mayor of Mexico City can afford to joke: recent polls give him a comfortable lead.
But Lopez Obrador, 64, also has a knack for the foot.
In 2006, he led most of the race. Then he lost his calm on the final stretch, insulting incumbent President Vicente Fox as "Big-Mouth" (freely translated), refusing to accept the defeat as he narrowly lost the race.
He has never hesitated to burn political bridges.
The native-born Tabasco began his political career in the 1970s with the ruling PRI party, which is now his enemy.
He helped found a Leftist Demolition Party, the PRD. In the 1980s, he then spurned his own leftist party, Morena, in 2014.
The widower married in 2006 the journalist and writer Beatriz Gutierrez Muller. He has four sons.
The last one, Jesus Ernesto, has a name that summarizes all the contradictions of his father, says the journalist Raymundo Rivapalacio: "A mixture of Jesus Christ and Ernesto & # 39; Che & Guevara."
– Anaya, the "prodigy" –
With his slender body and boyish looks, Ricardo Anaya may look a bit like a teenager running somehow for the president of Mexico. But the 39-year-old's rapid political rise was anything but an accident.
Anaya, running for the conservative PAN party, has launched a campaign straight out of Silicon Valley, on an open stage in wire-frame and shirt-shirt collar, promising to tackle Mexico's problems with innovation and ideas.
Anaya, known for his keen intelligence, came into politics at age 17 when he knocked on the door of a local PAN leader in his hometown of Queretaro and told her he wanted to work for the party.
"He was very young, very resolute and very aware that he wanted to do that instead of going to parties", said the politician Senator Marcela Torres to AFP.
At 21, Anaya ran for state legislature, at 33 he was elected to Congress, and at 34, he was the Speaker of the House of Commons.
Journalists called him the "wonder boy" for his quick rise ambition, perfectionism and attention to detail.
Critics say he has Machiavell's thirst for power, evident in the way he ruled out his rival for his party's presidential nomination and established an ideologically chaotic alliance with the leftist PRD to increase his electoral chances.
Anaya married his character-obsessed nature first love, his childhood sweetheart Carolina Martinez. They have three children.
– Meade, the normal guy –
Jose Antonio Meade could be remembered as the best president in Mexico.
A respected technocrat, Meade, 49, holds a number of ministerial posts in the PAN and PRI governments, most recently as Minister of Finance for President Enrique Pena Nieto
Even many Mexicans who have no plans to vote for him indicate that he is highly qualified for this task.
But he carries the heavy baggage of the deeply unpopular president, and lacks the natural charisma that could have made it easier.
Ironically, Meade is not a member of the ruling ruling party he stands for, and he could not be more different than Pena Nieto
Where the outgoing president is nice and scriptable, with handsome looks and a fitting soap opera wife, Meade runs as a normal guy who happens to be a devoted and capable public servant.
He drives his own Honda, eats Mexican "torta" sandw and was known to visit the Ministry's cafeteria on a regular basis.
Smart and experienced, he laced his policy discussions with detailed statistics and history.
"He was a brilliant student," said newspaper columnist Fausto Pretelin, a college mate. "His intelligence had a whole other dimension."
Despite everything, Meade has to contend with voters in his very first election campaign.
He is married to the artist Juana Cuevas. They have three children.
– Zavala Despising First Lady –
Former First Lady Margarita Zavala angrily left Anaya's PAN last year and accused him of failing to let party members choose her candidate transparently.
She is now he is the first independent presidential candidate in the recent history of Mexico – the only one who has collected the necessary signatures to vote.
Zavala, a former deputy and wife of former President Felipe Calderon, has little chance of winning.
But the 50-year-old conservative could steal important votes from Anaya.