José Serra, governor of the industrialized state of Sao Paulo, Brazil, is widely seen as the front-runner to become the country's next president. After election as governor, he delivered on his promise to come up with money for major public works projects and to move swiftly to complete them. Voters can see improvements he has made in the state capital's public transportation system and major highways. "Less visibly but just as important, this has been achieved without busting the state's finances," according to The Economist.
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