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Sep 7, 2017

Aragon neutral; says O.W. North will decide on Gaspar Vega

On Wednesday, during the rapture of public support from his constituents, Orange Walk North Area Representative Gaspar Vega stated that he would contest his seat in the House of Representatives should there not be a suitable replacement by 2020.  It’s a bold declaration that may not be supported by the United Democratic Party, including its leadership, given the black eye it continues to receive in light of ongoing land scandals involving the former Minister of Natural Resources.  While close allies and personal friends John Saldivar and Angel Campos journeyed to Sugar City in support of their colleague, fellow Orange Walkeño Elodio Aragon Junior was noticeably absent from Clarke Street and so were other U.D.P. elected representatives from the north.  This morning, we asked the Orange Walk East area rep about Gapi’s political future and why he wasn’t out there during the show of support.

 

Elodio Aragon Jr., Area Rep., OW East

Elodio Aragon Jr.

“From what I gathered from that he said that if he can’t, or they can’t find somebody to win that division then he would step in.  So that means that to a certain extent his answer wasn’t straight to the point and said that he would run again.  But nevertheless, at the end of the day, I think the people of the north will have to make that decision and there’s a process within the United Democratic Party in terms of conventions, until you get to who will run in that division, when that time comes I think, then we will know.  But for the mean time I guess everybody is still a representative of the people of the north and I think that at the end of the day, like he mentioned, like he said, the people will decide for him.  So I’ll leave that there.”

 

Reporter

“Ministers John Saldivar and Minister of State Dr. Angel Campos were there to support him.  Why weren’t you there then to support his candidacy or support him generally?”

 

Elodio Aragon Jr.

“Well first of all, from the information that I had gotten in regards to the people going there, first and foremost I spoke to him personally and I asked him if he was organizing this and he said no.  All he heard was that his people were going to come out to be with him there and I did not anticipate any announcement from him so I did not make any plans to go out there.  First of all, you must understand that I am the Minister of Home Affairs who is directly responsible for the police and we had a long and busy day yesterday.  So I was more focused on that, you know.  And like I will say this, you know, I have never supported corruption.  I’m not that kind of person, I’m a person of integrity.  I’ve been a serving member of the police department for many years as a police officer and I will tell you, I have a good, good streak in terms of my integrity and I look to keep that good name.  In terms of him as a colleague, as a friend, he’s always been a friend to me.  Personally, I have no problem with Mr. Gaspar Vega and it is up to him to make his decision as to whether he continues on his political career otherwise.  To say that the things that come up does affect the party or not, of course it affects the party, but at the end of the day, he has a process to go through in terms of the legal aspect before him and that will at the end of the day play out and of course his political aspirations, if he will continue or not is up to him.”

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