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Jul 13, 2020

Ashton McKenzie Won’t Run for PG Town Council in 2021

Punta Gorda Mayor Ashton McKenzie will not be offering himself as a candidate in the 2021 municipal elections.  That’s because he has indicated that he will be retiring from electoral politics at the end of this term.  Though he had endorsed Saldivar, McKenzie, who has spent the last six years as a member of the Punta Gorda Town Council, says his decision to leave politics has nothing to do with the outcome of the U.D.P. leadership convention on Sunday.  In fact, he says that the executive of the town council had been verbally notified of his decision two weeks ago.  McKenzie is the youngest mayor to serve the southern municipality and has been commended for his stewardship several times by Prime Minister Dean Barrow.  Over the past three weeks, the PG mayor has been criticized by residents for his failure to intervene in several developments within the town limits, including the construction of a gas station near the outskirts of town.

 

On the Phone: Ashton McKenzie, PG Mayor

“As it relates to my announcement of not seeking electoral office, first and foremost, I want to say that it has absolutely nothing to do with the outcome of yesterday’s convention.  I also want to publicly extend my warmest congratulations to the new party leader elect, the Honorable Patrick Jason Faber and also my sincerest regards and congratulations likewise to the Honorable John Birchman Saldivar who did a terrific job in terms of contesting the leadership position.  I think democracy of course is something that is very, very important and it is good to see that democracy is in fact alive and kicking in our party.  As you are aware, this is not my first term in office, I entered politics at a very fairly young age, having served in other leadership capacities at my high school, the national and then at the university level being the national student representative for UB.  I transitioned thereafter into municipal politics and since then, that was in 2015, I ran and I was elected with the second highest amount of votes at the polls as a councilor candidate.  A year after, I was elected to be the deputy mayor, a position which I held for two years, from 2016 to 2018.  I became the mayoral candidate in October 2017 up until March when I secured victory along with my team to have formed the current municipal administration.  So if you look at it, I have had the opportunity to serve in numerous capacities, basically every leadership position that exists at the town council.”


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