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Jan 3, 2008

Candidates ready, but third parties lag behind

Story PictureMeanwhile, although the election is close enough to taste and a partisan media war has been waged for what seems like years, many mass party candidates and almost all of the third party entries enjoy little name recognition outside their own constituencies. In an effort to better inform viewers as to who they may find on their ballot papers, News Five’s Kendra Griffith spent the day putting together a list of who’s who in campaign 2008.

Starting in the north, incumbent Valdemar Castillo returns as the People’s United Party candidate for Corozal North. He will go up against United Democratic Party challenger, Nemencio Acosta.

Corozal Bay will see a battle between two Marins, Deputy Party Leader Vildo for the P.U.P. and Pablo for the U.D.P.

In Corozal South West, it’s a rematch of 2003 with the P.U.P.’s Greg Garcia trying to unseat U.D.P. representative Gabriel Martinez.

Turning to the South East, Florencio Marin Jr. will try to keep it in the family when he goes up against the U.D.P.’s Servando Samos. That seat is currently held by the retiring Florencio Marin Senior.

Orange Walk has four divisions. Running in North is P.U.P. incumbent Servulo Baeza. He challenged by U.D.P. 1st Deputy Party Leader, Gaspar Vega. Three of the National Reform Party’s twelve candidates are also running in Orange Walk. For the North, it is Hilberto Nah.

Rosendo “Chendo” Urbina of the U.D.P. will try to breach Johnny Briceno’s stronghold in Orange Walk Central. Going up against that duo is the NRP’s Alvaro Espejo Jr.

Orange Walk East has three new candidates this election in the form of Marco Mendez for the P.U.P., Marcel Cardona for the U.D.P., and Pabel Torres for the N.R.P.

In O.W. South, the P.U.P.’s Jose Mai, the U.D.P.’s Mark Pech, will battle for the seat held by retiring P.U.P. area rep., Ismael Cal.

Turning to the Belize District, Earl “Bob Rancho” Perez for the P.U.P. and Edmund Castro of the U.D.P. are the selected standard bearers for the Belize Rural North. They are seeking to occupy the seat of retiring P.U.P. representative Max Samuels.

Michael Hutchinson is the candidate selected by the U.D.P. to go up against Belize Rural Central area rep and P.U.P. national campaign manager Ralph Fonseca. They will get some competition from Derrick Stewart of the NRP.

Merlene Spain, one of the only two women candidates in the general elections, makes her appearance in Belize Rural South. She will be going up against U.D.P. incumbent Manuel Heredia Jr. and Ernesto Caliz of the National Reform Party.

Coming into the city, the Fort George division will have Prime Minister Said Musa go head to head with newcomer George Gough of the U.D.P.

In Caribbean Shores, P.U.P. incumbent Jose Coye will defend his division against the U.D.P.’s Carlos Perdomo.

In Freetown, the U.D.P.s are hoping residents unite with Mike Peyrefitte to unseat the People’s United Party Chair, Francis Fonseca.

Former Independent Wilfred “Sedi” Elrington is back with the U.D.P. to run against incumbent Godfrey Smith of the P.U.P. in the Pickstock division.

U.D.P. incumbent Patrick Faber is running against the second female candidate, the P.U.P.’s Carolyn Trench Sandiford and former independent turn V.I.P. standard bearer, Patrick Rogers.

Three candidates are currently vying for the seat in Lake Independence. They are P.U.P. incumbent Cordel Hyde, U.D.P. newcomer Vandley Jenkins, and Gary Lambey of the National Reform Party.

In Mesopotamia, former P.U.P. City Councillor Austin Waight will be running against U.D.P. veteran Michael Finnegan.

U.D.P. Party Leader Dean Barrow will defend his Queen Square seat against P.U.P. newcomer Anthony Sylvestre Jr.

In the Albert Division, incumbent Mark Espat of the P.U.P. and Thomas Morrison of the U.D.P. will go head to head.

Anthony “Boots” Martinez is looking for a back-to-back victory in Port Loyola as he faces P.U.P. challenger Oscar Rosado and V.I.P. candidate Erwin X.

Candidates from the Cayo, Stann Creek and Toledo Districts will be featured on tomorrow’s newscast.

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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