It’s now official: Mayor Darrell Bradley will run for that post again under the aegis of the United Democratic Party (UDP). This afternoon UDP leader Dean Barrow announced that an understanding had been reached between the Mayor and the two men waiting in the wings to potentially replace him, B.Q. Pitts Jr. and Dion Leslie.
Leslie is out of the country but conveyed his intention to leave the race in favour of the Mayor, but Pitts, in doing the same today, endorsed the Mayor’s leadership, saying that at least 90% of the slate’s promises to the people have been delivered on. All three declared that there was no need for the party – or, it was implied, the public – to change course.
As for the Mayor, he made clear that from the very beginning this was not about him, but about what was best for the City and whether he could see himself continuing to steer City Hall.
It was clear to him that the electorate here could point to tangible signs of progress and development, and there is more to come. Not only is Belize City transforming itself, he said, but the community living in it as well, coming out to enjoy the revitalization and take back the community spaces.
The Mayor went on to attribute his decision to his party leader’s support, both in words and deeds. As for the Mayor’s dreams of national politics, those are apparently on hold, but the message remains the same: under Barrow’s leadership, the city – and the nation – will move forward.