Thursday, April 16th, 2015.Aaron Humes Reporting: The United Democratic Party (UDP) today it called the press to its headquarters to announce another confirmed candidate for the next general election: Belize City Mayor Darrell Bradley.
Bradley was slated to contest the Caribbean Shores electoral division against incumbent Minister of State Hon. Santiago “Santino” Castillo Jr on June 7 in an open convention, but today the one-term representative threw in the towel, explaining that he did not want to put the party through what he is still sure would be a bruising internal fight on the order of the upcoming showdown between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather.
Party Leader and Prime Minister Dean Barrow seemed less upbeat than in his previous appearances, presumably because he backed Castillo from the beginning only to see him give in. Nonetheless, the UDP leader put a brave face on the decision, saying the party doesn’t mind not having a contested convention here. As Castillo’s immediate boss the Prime Minister paid tribute to his stewardship of economic development, including developed relationships with the Central American Bank of Economic Integration (CABEI) and other lending institutions as well as the restructuring of the Social Investment Fund (SIF) following the Dangriga Market scandal.
After paying tribute to his own family and that of Castillo’s, the new candidate said he looked forward to the hard work of representing the residents of the division. Bradley accepted the mantle of standard bearer with personal humility and acknowledgment of the footsteps of his predecessor and said he is ready for the challenge.