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No matter what, Belmopan will have a woman as mayor

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Posted: Wednesday, March 3, 2021. 3:22 pm CST.

By Ruben Morales Iglesias: A very unique situation is taking place in the capital city of Belmopan. For the first time, both leading political parties have a woman vying for the top post in the city.

The People’s United Party is led by Sharon Palacio, while the UDP has Jacklyn “Jackie” Burns as their leader.

So, tonight, we should all know who the first woman mayor of the capital will be. For sure, no man is going to be holding that post though they tried, but they were defeated by the ladies in the recently held party conventions in the Garden City.

It’s not the first time a woman has contested that position in Belize, but it is the first time that two women are going head-to-head to occupy the Mayor’s office.

Overall, more women are participating in these elections countrywide. In fact, in Belmopan alone, three women accompany the mayor-to-be on both main slates. The PUP elected Guadalupe Chicas, Pauline Soberanis Tillett and Nikki Augustine to run with Palacio, while the UDP ticket has Burns supported by Louise Geraldine Willis, D’Andre “Dee Dee” Martinez and Christina “Chrissy” Chacon.

Whoever wins, don’t go calling her mayoress. Mayor is the term. According to Wikipedia “A female mayor is also called mayor, not, as sometimes erroneously called, “Lady Mayoress”. A mayoress or Lady Mayoress is a female consort of a mayor or Lord Mayor; a male consort of a mayor or Lord Mayor is a Mayor’s Consort or Lord Mayor’s Consort.”

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