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Nov 9, 2015

Career Cop Turned Politician is Junior Minister of Youth, Sports & Culture

Elodio Aragon Jr.

Orange Walk East was expected to be a battleground in that district – two dynamic young candidates going head to head. But when the last ballot was counted, the U.D.P.’s Elodio Aragon Junior had won by a considerable margin over the P.U.P.’s Josue Carballo – almost six hundred votes. For that victory, Aragon Junior has been named a Minister of State with responsibility for Youth, Sports and Culture. A career police officer before transitioning into politics, Aragon Junior says he might have expected something in the line of national security, but he’s not complaining.

 

Elodio Aragon Jr., Area Representative, OW East

“I think at the end of the day the people know who they want as their leader and representative in the East and I think at the end of the day, people saw to the person that works for them and the person that has been there for them and the kind of Mister Elodio Aragon Junior will bring to the East and this country. And I think that is the deal breaker there.”

 

Reporter

“From the losing camp, they said that you simply outspent them; they couldn’t spend with yo.”

 

Elodio Aragon Jr.

“You know better than that Jules. Aragon could never match Briceño’s money dollar for dollar. So that could never had been an issue there.”

 

Mike Rudon

“Sir looking at the portfolios which you have been given, would you have expected something more in the line of national security given your career as a police officer?”

 

Elodio Aragon Jr.

“Well of course, that’s always the first impression that you have. You are professional in an area and you think maybe that is the area that I would best serve. But when you think about it, what is bigger than dealing with the young people in this country when it comes to the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture. And I do think that there is a big impact that can be done there. and being in that position, I think it is a great opportunity for us to begin to look seriously at how we deal with our young people, how we develop sports in this country and deal with culture. And I do think that it is an opportunity that I am glad to take up and I am looking forward to making things happen in that ministry.”

 

Reporter

“As a young politician and a first time representative who is a qualified person with a master’s degree, should the prime minister perhaps not have looked so much at who has won so many elections? But should he have looked at who can renew the party and should you have been more involved in those conversations and then contemplated as a full minister?”

 

Elodio Aragon Jr.

“Jules again, at the end of the day, those are the decisions of the prime minister and I have deep respect for him. I know at the leadership level that he is, he has to make certain decisions and I think those questions are best answered by him. but what I can tell you is that I look forward to working with the Ministry of Sports, Youth and Culture.  And I do believe that when you look at crime, a lot of it has to stem or be dealt with from when people are young. And I do think that this to a large extent will give me that work and drive to get things done so that we can then, in the long term, curb the crime situation.”

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1 Response for “Career Cop Turned Politician is Junior Minister of Youth, Sports & Culture”

  1. David P says:

    I think his father used to be minister of sports. That could be one reason why the PM put him there.

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