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Jun 27, 2017

Mayor endorses fellow councilors; says it’s about the work

Darrel Bradley

The United Democratic Party is gearing up for the upcoming municipal elections in Belize City.  Eight councilor candidates are so far officially in the run for local government in March 2018.  On Wednesday of last week, the existing councilors, with the exception of Alifa Elrington-Hyde and Phillip Willoughby, signed up on the party slate.  Interestingly, Mayor Bradley has not declared his candidacy.  But that should not come as a surprise since he has stalled on two previous occasions in announcing his interest to run for City Council and Caribbean Shores in the municipal and general elections, respectively.  Today, we asked him about the love-hate relationship within the present city council.

 

Darrell Bradley, Belize City Mayor

“I, myself,  have said this on numerous occasions that we‘re not really concerned with the election itself.  Our priority has always been to get the work done as much as possible.  Right now we are meeting this afternoon with the Commercial Center renovation project.  We‘re meeting with the persons who are going to do the contract together with the consulting engineer.  We‘re trying to finalize all of those things.  We‘re trying to see if we can do a series of infrastructure programs.  We are working with staff issues and we are yet to finalize our staff land program.  So there‘s a lot of things still in the pipeline to the extent that there is an election upcoming.  Like, all I could say is that we would leave it to whenever deadlines those things fall on or whatever needs to be done with respect to that.  But my priority has always been to try to get as much work accomplished as possible.  With respect to the councilors who have already turned in there applications, I have said it before and I will say it again, it has been my great pleasure to work with these councilors.  I maintain and I still believe quite confidently that notwithstanding the fact that we have had major, major differences, even the difference with our enforcement of the laws along Princess Margaret Drive.  But I respect all of them, I think that for the most part they bring a level of good faith to their decision making.  They bring experience and they bring that sense of the public involvement because a lot of them go around and they find out what the public sentiment is.  And I would want to see all, whoever have submitted their application, if it‘s eight, if it‘s ten, whomever, I would want to see them re-elected because I think that they have proven themselves over a period of time to be able to deliver in relation to infrastructure and parks and good planning for Belize City.”

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