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Apr 4, 2016

‘Boots’ Martinez Still Undecided in Support for U.D.P. Deputy Leader

Patrick Faber & John Saldivar

This Saturday, the United Democratic Party will hold a special national party council meeting to determine the date for a convention to elect a new first deputy leader. The post became vacant after Deputy Prime Minister Gaspar Vega announced on March eighth that he was stepping down as deputy leader of the U.D.P.  Since then, Minister of Education Patrick Faber and National Security Minister John Saldivar have launched their campaigns in a bid for the second top spot in the party. Prime Minister Dean Barrow has already announced his retirement plans as leader in 2020, which gives the first deputy party leader a shoe in for the leadership position. Several senior ministers have since thrown their weight behind Faber and about six hundred delegates are expected to vote. So far, Faber has received the endorsement of Michael Finnegan, Manuel Heredia, Elodio Aragon Junior and other senior members in the U.D.P.  Saldivar is expected to carry the west, but his campaign has been launched on television and social media. Now, at Saturday’s party council, it is likely that other contenders will jump in for the race as deputy leader. Today, we asked Minister Anthony “Boots” Martinez who will get his vote.

 

Anthony “Boots” Martinez, U.D.P. Minister

“At least at this time, the party will meet this week to have an opening of candidates. I’ve heard other names have been thrown around, but of what exists, I know definitely where I gwen. I know exactly where I’m going sir and I will say to the media in what corner I am Monday after the national party council hold on Saturday.”

 

Duane Moody

“Sir but what is it that you look for. Just like any other election, people look for certain qualities in a leader. What is it that you are looking; that will guide your decision?”

 

Anthony “Boots” Martinez

Anthony “Boots” Martinez

“Well to me my decision has already been guided in lot of ways. I am looking for a person who understands as a senior person…who understands. I think the two candidates that are mentioned are excellent candidates, but put it this way…at some point in time; you will need to take side. Either yo…cause you can’t stay middle of the road because yo wah get knock down. And so at the end of the day, I am prepared to take my side next week Monday. I think dah two excellent candidates, but I have one in my view, I have a candidate that I am looking on that is very excellent.”

 

Duane Moody

“Why sir? What is it about that person that has you siding with him?”

 

Anthony “Boots” Martinez

“No, no no…listen to what I di say. I have one that is very excellent; I might have one maybe by weekend that will be super excellent so I am just taking a look. But I promise you on Monday, after the national party council meet on Saturday, I will give my full endorsement to the candidate that I am supporting because I noh hide behind the wall. Put it this way yah…the ability in my view, the candidate that I could see the best ability in. This dah noh bout geography yo know and this dah noh bout ethnicity yo know; this dah about candidacy and the ability to do what is necessary to lead a party. So this dah noh about oh dah mi neighbor so yo must support mi. it’s about me looking on the ability of the candidate, me looking on what they bring to the table. And so that’s why I say I have a couple more days to do a couple more thorough interviews with the prospective candidates. But I di tell you that Monday, come hell or high water, I will say to you who I am supporting and the reason why.”

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