Posted: Tuesday, July 29, 2014. 10:37 pm CST.
Tuesday, July 29, 2014. AARON HUMES Reporting: Essentially drafted to run for a second term as Mayor by party brass earlier this year, Darrell Bradley will meet the remaining ten candidates whom he hopes will take him to victory next March at the United Democratic Party’s municipal convention to be held this Sunday, August 3.
Sixteen candidates are listed, many well-known as current or former councilors and community activists.
But one name not on that list is current councilor and former Deputy Mayor Eric Chang.
His political star rose quickly as the first Taiwanese-Belizean in elected office.
But it appeared to have faded when his name was called – without any proof – in the Won Hong Kim passport debacle last year.
He had gone on family business to Taiwan and failed to return when he was called for.
That appears to be his only sin, but after two terms, Chang has dropped out.
Mayor Bradley confirmed today that Chang has indicated he will not seek another term, but has not said anything about his reasons.
Another current member of the team who will not be offering himself is two-term councilor Roger Espejo, who moves on to national politics as standard bearer in the Fort George Division, challenging the PUP’s Rt. Hon. Said Musa.
As for Bradley’s own national ambitions, those are on the back burner for now, as he commits to seeking a second term at City Hall.
The convention will be held on Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the ITVET compound on Freetown Road.
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