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Nov 2, 2011

Mike Singh challenges Santi for Caribbean Shores

Mike Singh

All possible candidates for the division have until next Wednesday to formally apply to contest the December fourth convention. Both Santi Castillo and Perdomo’s favorite were present at today’s press conference. Mike Singh is the brother of Police Minister Doug, and he has held top-level positions in Beltraide and the Tourism Ministry.  But is Perdomo’s endorsement a good thing for Singh and is he ready to continue the Perdomo brand? News Five asked Singh what makes him a viable candidate.

Mike Singh

“With my family connections, with the fact that I’m already in senior level in government, I think that plays in my favor and I really look forward to talking to my voters, I really look forward to going house to house; we have started already and again with Mister Perdomo’s support, I think we’ll do it.”

Jose Sanchez

“When it comes to the other person you are going up against, Santi Castillo, he has the finances, he knows the area and like you, he’s been in that area for over twenty years. Don’t you see Santi as a viable threat? He also has the support of the person that went up against Perdomo recently.”

Mike Singh

“Well it’s also the person that lost against Mister Perdomo. I think that’s the first question. But secondly, Santi Castillo and I are very good friends. We’ve actually talked quite a bit since this whole thing started and I believe that it’s going to be a very interesting fight. I believe that at the end of it all, this is a U.D.P. fight; it’s about the party faithful going out on convention day and deciding who they want to support. It’s about the party faithful that has supported Mister Perdomo in the last election. It’s about the people that will be the new people that I will bring out in addition to what Mister Perdomo will bring. So I think there certainly is an edge that I’ve had. We have already hit the ground running; we have more organization, but I don’t think it is a money issue. You talk about money and I don’t think that is what it is.”

Jose Sanchez

“But if you talk about an edge, I am a Caribbean Shores resident and I know who Santi is; I know what he does—he has a certain likability about him, but I don’t know Mike Singh. How can you accomplish all of that in one month?”

Mike Singh

“Well I’m hoping that you’ll support me first of all; I’m glad to hear you’re one of the voters. But the plan is to really go house to house. We have a committee made up of a large number of people: street captains, we have campaigners, we have canvassers. Although I may not be able to touch every single voter, I am fairly confident that one of my people that are working with me will touch every single voter. So I think it’s boots on the ground shaking hands and getting to know people and so on.”

Jose Sanchez

“Speaking of boots, most candidates have ministerial support. Are you going to have boots Martinez, your brother, Minister of Police, Doug Singh along with you or any other ministers?”

Mike Singh

“Well quite frankly I haven’t lined up that kind of arsenal—not to say that I will not have that kind of support. I do believe that the majority of people in the U.D.P. at the elected level will support my candidacy. My brother has expressed his support and I don’t see any reason why he wouldn’t. I think we still get along quite well, but I do believe that at some point in time, there will be people that will join me just in the walk, but they will join me on Election Day to be out there to help show the support. But my personal opinion is that Caribbean Shores actually has a very good opportunity to choose the right leader.”

Other names thrown into the mix for Caribbean Shores include Ann Marie Williams of the Women’s Commission. She was not in the room when Perdomo made his announcement and endorsement and when we sought her out, we were told that she was at a budget meeting with her committee.

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1 Response for “Mike Singh challenges Santi for Caribbean Shores”

  1. CEO says:

    Singh has nothing to say for himself! Check his first words: he is hoping to win based on family connections and endorcement from Perdomo! Is this dumb or what?

    You should start by telling the people what you will do for them if you are elected. Here is an idea; work on reducing crime. Perhaps you can stand up against corruption!

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