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Mar 30, 2015

Mayor Bradley Throws Hat in Caribbean Shores

Darrell Bradley

Belize City Mayor Darrell Bradley, riding the wake of victory in municipal elections on March fourth, today announced he will be contesting the Caribbean Shores seat in a convention to be held on June seventh. Today, at the entrance to the almost completed Blue Marlin Boulevard, Bradley made the declaration. While it’s no surprise to political pundits, it’s a game-changer for those residents who recently reinstalled him for an additional three years. His campaign in the area, says Bradley, started even before the municipal elections on March fourth.

 

Darrell Bradley, Aspiring U.D.P. Candidate, Caribbean Shores

“We’ve been walking in the area as well as in other areas and people were asking…so that one of the reasons why we decided to have it on Monday morning at ten o’clock in the form and fashion that we have is really just to make a public announcement that we are coming for the Caribbean Shores seat; the convention is June seventh. We are anxiously awaiting that date. We are working in the area as hard as we can; putting together our various committees, getting together and refining our pledge lists and ensuring we are on the ground, meeting people, engaging with them and asking them for their support.”

 

Reporter

“You are already doing two jobs which is your law practice and City Hall. Are you able to do three, which is lead a campaign for a convention?”

 

Darrell Bradley

“I would say that I could do four. I would just say this, Jules, and you said it. I was a practicing attorney. I go to court probably every day; I was a full-time mayor being at City Council every single day working and that formula has yielded unprecedented development in the city. We have had no criticism from any quarter—P.U.P., U.D.P., anybody—nobody would tell you that the mayor isn’t working. So that what that shows is that you got a capacity and propensity to contribute more. If you are doing two things and you are doing those two things very well and people in the city can say that I have a city that is moving forward and the kind of changes that have happened in the city in the last three years have been unprecedented and I could see this man the work—notwithstanding that this man got a full law practice and he practices as an attorney going to court every single day—then it is not going to be a problem if I run for Caribbean Shores because I have shown that I can handle the pressure. I think that at the end of the day and not to take anything from the honorable Castillo because he is a minister of government, he is an area representative; that is a position that deserves respect. We bear him no ill-will, but we just believe that we can do a better job in the area and be more responsive to the concerns of residents. And at the end of the day, elections are decided by the people. One can say that I have the support of one particular person, another person, but on election day, the people who come out and the people who make a decision are the five thousand seven hundred voters approximately in Caribbean Shores and they will decide on the actual election day and on the convention day, who will lead them going forward.”

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