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Oct 2, 2015

Mayor Bradley on Possible Transition to Central Government

Darrell Bradley

In thirty-two days candidates from two mass parties and one new entry will vie for thirty-one seats up for grabs in general elections. One of those candidates believes he is in a special position, though, since he is currently a sitting Mayor. We’re talking about Darrell Bradley, Belize City’s municipal head, who is also an aspiring candidate in Caribbean Shores. It’s a peculiar situation, since if Bradley is victorious the old capital will be Mayor-less. Today we asked Bradley about it, but he disputes any assertion that there will be a vacuum at City Hall.

 

Mike Rudon

“What happens in one month? Two scenarios—if you win, what happens at city hall; if you lose, what happens at City Hall?”

 

Darrell Bradley, Belize City Mayor

“Mike I don’t want to be too overconfident, but in one month, I will be an area representative representing the people who I love in Caribbean Shores and I will continue as I have done for the last—going on to four years—serving the people of this city because of course Caribbean Shores is part of the city. And then also serving the people of this country. I have not thought about any other scenario so that the scenario is really that I am focused on campaigning and winning that election and then continuing to serve the people of Belize.”

 

Reporter

“Sir so what happens once you win? Since that is at the forefront; what happens if you win that there is a vacuum of mayor there. What will happen there?”

 

Darrell Bradley

“No, there is not a vacuum because we have always been planning a situation like this for I think the last six months so I work very closely with the other councillors. I think several other reporters have asked me asked me a question and I said that councillor Leslie is hugely competent; he has acted as mayor before when Zenaida Moya took maternity leave for three months. You have other councillors within the Belize City Council who are very strong and transition is not something new. We are a democratic nation, we’ve been a democratic country for thirty-four years and the law is very clear. If there is any vacancy in the office of mayor the deputy mayor will act for a period not exceeding ninety days and within the period of ninety days, there will be an election for somebody who would be the new holder of mayor. But I suspect that that person will come from the council. And Dion Leslie has asked me and he has expressed for a long time that he is interested in doing that and I am hugely satisfied that we have had conversations at city hall, we have been working very closely as a team over the last three years and any number of them including and especially Dion Leslie, could continue the relay race that we have begun. And I think that he has the heart for the people of Belize City and he has the experience and the vision because we have been working together for the last, going on to four years, to continue some of the good works that we have been carrying out.”

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1 Response for “Mayor Bradley on Possible Transition to Central Government”

  1. Sonya says:

    Darrell-FCIB is leaving, Offshore sector closing down, Carnival canceling, Green tropics, Southern airport or NCL can’t get off the ground-great economy ; excellent pro poor giveaway initiatives this GOB is doing-hope you can retract this Government to assist with business someday. They just do not help foreign investors.

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