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Aug 3, 2017

Leslie Says U.D.P. Will Not Underestimate 2018 Election

Dion Leslie

After two terms of David Fonseca as the first directly elected mayor of Belize City, the United Democratic Party has been on a run of four successive terms in office – two headed by Zenaida Moya, two headed by Darrell Bradley. And while the U.D.P. is the most successful it has ever been politically both in Belmopan and the Old Capital, the pendulum in a two-party state always swings. Mayoral aspirant Dion Leslie warned against complacency this week, telling reporters that his party will take nothing as sacred as it fights for an unprecedented fifth term at City Hall.

 

Dion Leslie, Mayoral Aspirant

“I will be the first to admit that this election come 2018 will probably be the most difficult one for the U.D.P. municipal body in Belize City, especially being that we’ve lost some ground over the past election, in terms of Caribbean Shores is now under Kareem Musa and Lake I is now under a P.U.P. representative as well. So it will be difficult. It won’t be a walk in the park. It’s never a walk in the park, but it won’t be as easy as it was in the previous years and so with that we know what we are going up against and we’ve moved in areas like Caribbean Shores, in areas like Lake I and in areas like Fort George. We’ve mobilize our team to be in there to get the work done, to start to have a face again in that area so people can know it’s not just around election time you see us, but we are in there, we are doing transfers and new registrations in Lake I. I believe so far between myself and Jason Edwards, we are 40 or so transfers and new registrations. So we do know it’s going to be a lot of work. I believe when it comes to the residents and the love relationship as you say it, they see the work that the Belize City Council has done under Darrell Bradley, under a U.D.P. central government and central governments’ in for another three and a half years almost. So I think the people know that they want the work to continue, they seen us, we’ve been tested, we’ve been tried, we’ve performed and we will continue to do so. So the people know what they are getting – you don’t leave the bone for the shadow, basically.”

 

The United Democratic Party controls all but one municipal council countrywide.

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