Posted: Sunday, August 3, 2014. 6:10 pm CST.
Sunday, August 3, 2014. AARON HUMES Reporting: Sixteen Belize City residents are bidding to join incumbent Mayor Darrell Bradley as the slate for the ruling United Democratic Party (UDP) in next March’s City Council elections.
Eight persons vying for the ten councilor seats are incumbent members of the Council – deputy mayor B.Q. Pitts, Jr.; and councilors Philip Willoughby, Kevin Singh, Dr. Alain Gonzalez, Alifa Elrington-Hyde, Michael Theus, Dean Samuels and Dion Leslie.
Newcomers to the race are Percy Lewis, Fredy Cantillano, Hyacinth Latchman-Cuellar (a former Councilor), Deon Sutherland, Jason Edwards, Samson Jacobs, Noreen Martinez and Philip Singh.
According to Cantillano, whom we met greeting voters at the front gates of the ITVET Compound on Freetown Road, turnout has been heavy all day, an indication that the Old Capital’s residents are satisfied with the UDP’s performance at City Hall under Mayor Bradley.
He told us that he wants to help the Council produce a “people-centered” approach that brings them even closer to the voters.
Social worker Percy Lewis, meanwhile, is focusing on climate change and ways the City can “go green.”
He counts encouraging more use of non-mechanical transport and planting trees as among his initiatives.
Returning contender Dr. Gonzalez told us that he believes he and his other incumbent councilors stand a good chance of being re-elected, both today and in March, and thus is feeling no more pressure than normal.
He says he is willing to work with the other two councilors elected today. Polling opened at 10:00 a.m. and closed at 5:00 p.m.
Results should be known by later tonight.
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