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The fiasco in the San Ignacio/Santa Elena town council – Is it possible for the two political parties to work together?

Posted: Saturday, June 26, 2021. 1:21 pm CST.

By BBN Staff: The San Ignacio and Santa Elena Town Council comprises of a mixed slate, a UDP Mayor, 1 UDP Councillor and 5 PUP Councillors.

But, is it possible for members of the 2 political parties to work together for 3 years, to collaborate, to share information and to work on joint projects during their tenure?

There have been many clashes at the council from the separate swearing in ceremonies to the live meetings, and a show of support by UDP former area representatives for the only UDP Mayor that won the last municipal elections.

In May, Mayor Earl Trapp and the former UDP Area representatives met for a caucus meeting at the council. Trapp said that the purpose was to show support for him as the Mayor.

“We have a mixed slate and in my humble opinion, I would say that things have not been going smooth. They have been disingenuous and they are witch-hunting. But I will stand firm as the Mayor,” Trapp said at the time.

Meanwhile, the PUP councillors Aaron Mai, Matthew Preston, Zahir Figueroa, Shirlene Neal and Omar Rodriguez have been demanding transparency and accountability which they believe has been lacking in the council since the last 3 terms under Trapp’s watch.

On Thursday, the council held another of their live meetings where the 5 PUP councillors tabled several petitions.

Councillor Mai said that for the first time in 4 months, their petitions were tabled.

From all accounts on social media, Trapp has been attending events solo and the PUP 5 have been conducting their own events without the support or presence of Trapp.

It is yet to be seen if the mixed slate will be able to work together as a unified council on projects for the Twin Towns.

The new team makes history in the Twin Towns being the first split elected slate to serve in 24 years.


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