Mayor Darrell Bradley’s political future
Where his political future is concerned, Belize City Mayor Darrell Bradley has been dodging the question of late. Months ago, he announced his intention to throw his hat into the ring in Caribbean Shores. That news wasn’t received warmly by Area Representative Santiago ‘Santino’ Castillo or by UDP leader Dean Barrow. It’s hard to say if that has discouraged Bradley, but he has been evading the question of late. For context, he has missed the deadline for submitting his application to vie for a second term as Mayor of Belize City. Still, that’s no real problem if he does decide to run. So has he? This morning Bradley was a guest on OYE and I asked him point-blank. Here’s his answer, for what it’s worth.
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Darrell Bradley, Belize City Mayor
“I do have an intention, and I have always maintained that. I believe that we are doing a good job at City Hall. If I were to grade myself, I wouldn’t say that it’s perfect. I wouldn’t say that it’s near perfect. But I would say that it is better than what was before, and I think that we are moving in a positive direction. That’s something that encourages me and I can see a place for me going forward in City Hall. I think that for example this Commercial Centre project…if that is something that is started, that is something I would want to start and finish. I don’t want to leave that obligation to somebody new, so in terms of the kind of excitement that we have been able to generate in the city, in terms of the kind of economic development and stimulating effect that has been generated…that’s something that motivates me to want to continue. All I have said is that it’s not an easy thing.”
Marleni Cuellar, Co-host, OYE
“But you have missed the deadline.”
“Politics is not a hard and fast thing. Politics is not a situation where…
“So it’s not impossible for you to submit your name?”
“I don’t think that it would be. I don’t think that it would be…”
“So why haven’t you done so as yet?”
“Because being in City Hall is not an easy thing. I think one of the media people has asked quite candidly – is it an overwhelming thing? Yes it is. Our city has come from a far way and there are a lot more challenges that we have. When I drive in the Gungulung Area or certain areas in Port Loyola, it makes me really sad to see the conditions in which our people live and our people have to be asked to survive in, in terms of street conditions, housing conditions, long term policies…and it makes me feel that we are not doing what we should be doing or enough to have an impact on those people…and that is why I have difficulty…”
“You have difficulty in deciding if you will seek the second term?”
“That’s why we are at this present moment in terms of not turning in the application…”
“Have you set a deadline for yourself as to when you will make the decision?”
“Honestly I could tell you that it’s not something really that has crossed my mind. Actually I recall that when that deadline was there on Friday, I was in court every single day on that week…and it’s not something that I said I wouldn’t have turned in the application…it was just that I went up to five o’clock working in court matters. It’s not to be evasive in terms of the question, although I am being evasive.”