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Jan 29, 2018

Introducing Candidates in Dangriga

Over the past week we’ve been featuring the mayoral candidates contesting the March seventh municipal elections.  Today, we reached out to the mayoral hopefuls in Dangriga. Incumbent Francis Humphreys is up again for the U.D.P., whilst newcomer Derrick Velasquez is throwing his hat in the ring for the People’ United Party. The candidates say that the residents of Dangriga want employment opportunities and infrastructural upgrades. Humphreys says he has done a lot over the past three years, but Velasquez doesn’t think so. Here’s a snippet from both candidates and we’ll hear more from them on Tuesday.


Francis Humphreys

Francis Humphreys, U.D.P. Mayoral Candidate

“We are energized. We are moving forward. We know that, having experienced what we did in our three year term, we will do more because we will not be burdened with undoing the three years of misrule that we inherited and the three years of broken finances; that’s a thing of the past for us, thank God. And so moving forward, we can go directly into the additional projects and the plans we have in our manifesto and continue to build rather than have to repair and then go on to the positive. We are offering a bold step forward; we are offering an uncompromising dedication into making culture capital truly deserving of the term culture capital in all its respects.”


Derrick Velasquez

Derrick Velasquez, P.U.P. Mayoral Candidate

“I decided to get back to Dangriga because of the condition that I left home almost thirty years ago. Hardly anything has changed, except for the population growing. The rate of poverty has increased as a result and what I can measure from past administration that less attention has been paid to the citizens of the town, but you have past administrations whether it’s our party or the next party talking about infrastructure building roads, instead of building people. So, I decided to get in this race now; to get people involved in building Dangriga from the people’s point of view.”

Viewers please note: This Internet newscast is a verbatim transcript of our evening television newscast. Where speakers use Kriol, we attempt to faithfully reproduce the quotes using a standard spelling system.

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