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Oct 7, 2015

Roger Espejo on the Campaign Trail

But back to politics….earlier today, we caught up with former city councilor, Roger Espejo, who has thrown his hat into the ring in the Fort George division. Now, the sitting area representative is a veteran politician, former prime minister and many times area representative; in fact, he’s served the division for over two and half decades.  That’s Said Musa, who Espejo wants to unseat. It’s an uphill battle by any stretch, but Espejo is up to the challenge. Isani Cayetano reports.

 

Isani Cayetano, Reporting

For the past twenty-six years Fort George, as an electoral district, has been a stronghold of the People’s United Party.  The constituency, it is safe to say, has been run exclusively by former Prime Minister and incumbent area representative Said Musa.  If UDP standard bearer Roger Espejo is to have his way come November fourth, he would be ushering in a sea change.

 

Roger Espejo, UDP Standard Bearer, Fort George

Roger Espejo

“It’s about keeping positive in the face of what is a forgotten, a struggling constituency.  We have a lot of good ideas but we tell our supporters, our followers that it has to be a community effort.  Roger Espejo can’t save Fort George, Fort George can save Fort George.  I intend to lead the charge but we need a community to believe that, to buy into that and to build on that.”

 

Effectively market that philosophy simply means that Espejo has had to make his rounds within the constituency, meeting and greeting residents who, for the most part, are diehard supporters of the PUP.  Espejo is not deterred.

 

Roger Espejo

“The campaign has been one of the most positive campaigns and our Facebook page, our street campaign, our house to house and just about every other faucet of our campaign speaks to that.  We keep a clean positive campaign.  We try for nothing to derail us from that or any sort of mission drift.”

 

While avoiding the all-too-familiar smear campaign, Espejo’s vote-seeking activities focus primarily on developing Fort George by improving the quality of life.  His platform is rooted on four core strategies.

 

Roger Espejo

“It’s an agenda that, as a priority, has education and improving the truancy levels in Fort George.  Plain and simple, too many kids are out of school in Fort George.  God willing, when I represent the people of Fort George it will be a glorious day when I can say in the house that today, every child in Fort George is in school.  That’s not something that I can say today because it would be untrue.  That’s my priority, education.  The second priority is, and there’s no order for the other three, sporting activities; we need more sporting programs in this area.  Fort George has a large youth population, as well as Belize City but Fort George is no different and we need more sporting programs to engage the young minds of Fort George.  It’s a very small constituency but that should not limit us.  Whereas we don’t have facilities we can capitalize on what we do have, we have the Marine Parade, we have the Caribbean Sea and clearly we do have a few large tracts of land that something can be done with.  The third one is entrepreneurialism, Fort George has a lot of young, creative minds that have ideas, in terms of starting a product or a service but that’s as far as it goes.  They need someone to turn to, they need somewhere to get support from and that’s one of my agenda items, to start an incubator, if you will, for young businessmen, young aspirants to come and to get that handholding to start a business.  Hopefully, one day we can even do something in the area of micro financing but it all starts with the support.  And lastly, my fourth anchor, if you will, is a small healthcare facility for Fort George.  Not a hospital but somewhere where the elderly especially can turn to receive the most basic of medical attention.  Those are my four moorings if you will and that’s what I intend to champion for Fort George.  Now, there are many other issues that the residents of Fort George grapple with.  It’s been forgotten for many years now.  The current area representative has been here for twenty-six years and they are telling me that it’s time for a change.”

 

Isani Cayetano reporting for News Five.

 

In an upcoming newscast, we will have an interview with P.U.P. candidate for Fort George, Said Musa. 

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