Cartagena street

The first Afro-Colombian mayor of Cartagena is too ill to govern and his potential replacements are not similarly popular figures, said a local NGO on Sunday.

Campo Elias Teran became mayor of the popular tourist city of Cartagena on January 1, 2012 riding in on a wave of popular support having made his name on a radio show where he helped people out with their problems. In August he became suddenly ill and has been unable to work since.

“After many years of his radio show people thought he should run for mayor and do something for the people,” Alex Rocha, Director of the Alex Rocha Youth Center, told Colombia Reports. “Since he was already acting as a mediator between the government and the people.”