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Aug 24, 2017

Mayoral Aspirants for Belize City Make Final Pitches Ahead of Convention

Philip Willoughby

The United Democratic Party’s Belize City Council convention is set for Sunday morning at the ITVET grounds from ten a.m. to five p.m. It is headlined by the race to succeed Mayor Darrell Bradley, between incumbent councilors Dion Leslie and Philip Willoughby, and whether any of the incumbent councilors, a total of eight, will lose their seats to newcomers on the ballot. This week we caught up with the mayoral aspirants individually to discuss final preparations for convention day.


Philip Willoughby, U.D.P. Mayoral Aspirant, Belize City

“The last ad that I did – ‘we know Philip, we deh wid Philip’ – I think that is what resonates with the residents of Belize City and that is the selling point – we know Philip, we deh wid Philip, and Philip has proven and shown his dedication and commitment with my responsibility as a councilor, and outside of that, doing my personal political work one-on-one with families, residents, across the City. So that is what is resonating across the city at this time, and the general mood has been very positive, very encouraging, very embracing to everyone that I have met up to this point.”


Dion Leslie

Dion Leslie, U.D.P. Mayoral Aspirant, Belize City

“A month and a half to two months is not enough time to meet every single resident and visit every neighborhood and every street in the city, but we’ve done our best; we’ve been very strategic in how we’ve been campaigning and so we feel great going into Sunday. We encourage everyone to come out, all supporters of the party, everyone who wants to get involved. But the response on the ground has been great. People are happy with the present council and the work we’ve done under Darrell [Bradley] in the past six years and they’re excited to see what more we can do. And the plans that we’ve been telling them, which are plans which come from their own neighbors and their own friends and colleagues throughout the city, they are more than excited for us to get back in and to continue the work.”


The convention is open to all registered voters in Belize City. News Five will have the results in Monday’s newscast.

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