Mexico election: Drugs war in spotlight in Michoacan
25 May 2012 Last updated at 22:52 BST
In a few weeks Mexicans will go to the polls to choose a new president, and the government's crackdown on drug gangs is a likely to be a key issue.
Ms Vazquez Mota is Mexico's first female candidate for a major political party, and is running for Mr Calderon's governing National Action Party (PAN).
Far from being his heir apparent, she is doing everything she can to distance herself from the incumbent. Her campaign slogan is a single word - different.
Will Grant reports.