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Nov 9, 2017

Who Will Get the Vote of Outgoing Belize City Mayor Darrell Bradley?

Dion Leslie & Bernard Wagner

Dion Leslie or Bernard Wagner for next Mayor of the City? Elections are due until next March, but the campaign machines are in gear already. The two rival mayoral candidates for the Belize City Council have already hit the campaign trail, trying to gain the confidence of the electorate in hopes of winning the top seat in the Old Capital. Leslie is no stranger to politics; in fact, he once served as U.D.P. deputy mayor under current Mayor Darrell Bradley. On the other side is Wagner, a former banker and sports aficionado, who is running for the first time. This morning in downtown Belize City, we asked Mayor Bradley, party aside, who is going to get his vote?


Darrell Bradley

Darrell Bradley, Belize City Mayor

“Municipal governments have that credibility that level of trust and they can demonstrate action so naturally I would want to see that as something continue. I believe that Councilor Leslie has demonstrated the prowess to really continue the good work I think that he has contributed over the last five and a half years and even before I became mayor. But of course it is something that the people will decide in March, whichever person that they would want to be at the helm at City Hall.”


Duane Moody

“Dion Leslie comes with the experience of being in municipal government and then you are seeing a backing coming with his credibility as well, saying that I can do well too. How would you as a voter decide?”


Darrell Bradley

“I’m all about demonstrated proof of work. I think that the city council has a certain level of persuasion that when I suspect Councilor Leslie goes on the street, he doesn’t only pitch ideas but he can say that he was part of works over the last five and a half years.”


Duane Moody

“Sir, but you must give someone a chance. That’s what people did when they voted for you; they gave you a chance as well.”


Darrell Bradley

“No, to be fair…you are correct. I know yo di push me Duane and so. But it is fair. And that’s one of the things which I would only say this it is the beauty of our democracy. We do not live in a perfect society, we have lots of challenges, but we have always had a tradition of free and fair elections.”

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