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Mayoral candidate slain in Guerrero, same Mexico state where 43 students were 'disappeared'

Mexican authorities said Wednesday that they found a missing mayoral candidate slain in the southern state of Guerrero, scene of the disappearance of 43 students from a teachers college last fall.

State prosecutors said in a statement that the body of Aide Nava Gonzalez, the leftist Democratic Revolution Party's candidate for mayor of the town of Ahuacuotzingo, was found late Tuesday.

Celestino Cesareo, the party's leader in Guerrero, said Nava had been kidnapped Monday from a political event.

Nava's husband, who had been mayor of Ahuacotzingo, was killed last year and her son was kidnapped.

Guerrero is one of several Mexican states holding elections for local positions and federal deputies June 7. The state has suffered a high level of violence attributed to drug trafficking.

In September, local police in the Guerrero city of Iguala abducted 43 college students and turned them over to a drug gang that killed them and incinerated their bodies, federal prosecutors allege. The students' parents and their supporters have said they will not allow elections to take place in Guerrero.

Elsewhere in the country, in a rare attack on Mexico's National Statistics Institute, two of the agency's field workers were found dead in the northern border state of Chihuahua. The bodies of the two men were found in a shallow grave in the Sierra Tarahumara mountain township of Urique.

The two had been hired by the institute as survey and polling workers for Mexico's 2015 census and had been reported missing March 2. The institute said Tuesday that relatives had identified both men's bodies.

While the mountains of Chihuahua have been the scene of frequent drug gang violence, statistics institute workers had not been targeted previously. However, in recent years, violence in Mexico has begun to affect previously untouched sectors, including teachers, opinion poll employees and environmental inspectors.