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#500214 - 01/22/15 09:59 AM Meet your San Pedro Town Councilor Candidates
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With the municipal elections right around the corner, The San Pedro Sun would like to take the opportunity to present the Councilor Candidates to the San Pedro Town public. As such, five questions have been issued to all candidates in an effort to learn more about them. In this issue, we feature responses from candidates from The People’s United Party (PUP) and candidates from The United Democratic Party (UDP).

Marina Kay
Marina KayRepresenting Party: People’s United Party
Why are you running, and what makes you a good candidate?
The reason why I am running it is because I feel I have a positive impact in my in my town’s development. I have a love for my country!
Which portfolio would you like to fulfill and why?
The portfolio I would fit in is on the beautifications and infrastructure because most of our streets are in need of paving and repair. La Isla Bonita needs an uplift.
If the opposition party should win most seats, how do you plan to work with them?
Volunteer to assist them with their different portfolios, also join committees.
Should you win, what would be your top three priorities for our community?
My top 3 priorities would be paving streets with Proper Drainage, creation of a master plan and pressure central government to keep their promise for a 24hr polyclinic.
Do you have any final comments for the electorates?
We have a united dynamic and energetic team that has the best interest in our community at heart. We need to think about our future generations and what future we will leave them with. Our vote is sacred. On March 4th vote PUP 7!

Raymundo “Mundo” Nunez
Mundo NuñezRepresenting Party: People’s United party
Why are you running, and what makes you a good candidate?
The main reason I am running this time is because the present administration has failed the town. They have fulfilled less than ten percent of their campaign promises. I made up my mind thinking about our people and the future of this town’s finances and will commit myself to do so.
Which portfolio would you like to fulfill and why?
The portfolio I believed better suits me is the waste management and parks. I can deal with workers and love to see cleanliness. Keep la Isla Bonita clean.
If the opposition party should win most seats, how do you plan to work with them?
I have no problem working with anyone. Once the work is for the benefit of my town I really will do it with ganas.
Do you have any final comments for the electorates?
To the electorate I would humbly ask them for their vote on Election Day. Give us the chance to prove ourselves. We have not been in power for the last twelve years. San Pedro deserves better. I honestly believe that the present council has failed, and failed with no excuses. This is the time for you the voter to decide to keep them or replace them. Remember that your vote is priceless. The future of San Pedro is in your hands. Don’t sell it! Don’t waste it! Vote PUP 7!

Hector “Tito” Alamilla
HECTOR _TITO_ ALAMILLA 2Representing Party: United Democratic Party
Why are you running, and what makes you a good candidate?
I was inspired to join and get involved in politics because of my admiration for a very important person in my life, who served as a role model for me. He was my uncle, Joe Alamilla, he was well known, respected and loved in the community. I remember he always use to say, “Everyone is quick to talk but no one wants to act.” His words stuck with me and built in me the courage to step up and serve the community of San Pedro. I think that, what makes me a good candidate is my optimism, passion, motivation and drive towards wanting to help and change the community in a few persons, a small area, or even a single situation, but always for the better no matter the difficulties.
Which portfolio would you like to fulfill and why?
The portfolio that I would like to fill is, of course, Sports, and Youth Development I strongly believe that the area of sports in the island can be greatly improved with the right infrastructure, internal structure, discipline and management along with the help of the Town Council, proper committees, experienced participants and most importantly members of the community. Together we can push forward for a healthier and more positive future, especially for the generations that follow.
If the opposition party should win most seats, how do you plan to work with them?
If the opposition should win most seats, I will be more than glad and willing to work with them in any way, task or position assigned to me because the objective must be the benefit of our community above all differences.
Should you win, what would be your top three priorities for our community?
If it happens that I should win, I would work hard to enhance, develop and promote sporting activities and development programs among and throughout the island. Three areas of priority would be:
a) To work together with influential and experienced participants within this field, For example joining The National Sports Council. The goal ultimately being for us to also form collective and dedicated teams or committees for San Pedro, that can continue to work and develop sports in the island. By working together, I am sure we can break barriers.
b)Secondly, I would work towards creating and restoring sporting facilities, so that members of the different communities can get motivated, participate, develop and join together in the countless sporting activities our wonderful island has to offer; Football, running and basketball are only stepping stones. Today we hear about paddle boarding, kayaking and even sailing for the more daring. The options and possibilities are endless. We can work hand in hand with the various private sector, which has already have a step started.
c) Lastly, I would work hard to motivate and encourage local government to at least set a strong foundation towards developing and ultimately building a multipurpose Sporting Complex, why not dream big? After all, the community of San Pedro is known for accomplishing outstanding feats especially when they work together. Sports are a very important part of our everyday life not only because they create healthy bodies but also help to develop healthy and most importantly positive minds especially among children and our youth, who are the future leaders of San Pedro.
Do you have any final comments for the electorates?
My final comments to all electorates is first and foremost, I would like to say thank you to all my friends and people that support me. Also I would like to invite all active voters to come out and exercise your right to vote. Over the last 12 years the United Democratic Party has proven that they are willing to work for the people and with the people but the transformation and improvements can only continue to happen with your support. I ask for the opportunity to serve you all and once more Thank You.

Ruben Gonzalez
RUBEN _RUX_ GONZALEZ 2Representing Party: UDP
Why are you running, and what makes you a good candidate?
I accepted to contest a seat as councilor for the municipal elections because I know that I have the ability to keep San Pedro Town going in the right direction for our future generations. I was born and raised here in San Pedro and love this place. I am now ready to continue with the good progress of the UDP party and my past experience as Town Clerk is a great asset.
Which portfolio would you like to fulfill and why?
My profession is accounting and I will offer my knowledge and experience to the council. I am also a music lover and would love to work on a music school for our young artists.
If the opposition party should win most seats, how do you plan to work with them?
The people know me as a hardworking and a humble person and after elections it is time for the winning candidates to work for the people. I am ready to work for my community as long as permitted if the opposition is the winning party.
Should you win, what would be your top three priorities for our community?
My first priority is for the continued development of our streets so our residents can have good access anywhere. Second is to work closely with the police and residents to keep crime at a very low rate. Third is improvement of education and availability of more classrooms for students.
Do you have any final comments for the electorates?
The UDP Party has proven to the residents with fulfilled projects that this is the Party that works to better the livelihood of all residents and visitors. So on March 4 we ask for your full support by voting for all 7 UDP candidates and to keep progress rolling. The UDP is working to transform Belize to a better country, and with the guidance of our Good Lord, we will continue the great work.

Maria-Conchita-Flota-PUPMaria Conchita Flota
Representing Party: People’s United Party

Why are you running, and what makes you a good candidate?
I am a native of San Pedro and I can remember my childhood as being a beautiful one. As a mother of two, I would love to see San Pedro a town where one is safe and where our youth can have numerous opportunities e.g. sports of all discipline, dancing, arts and crafts, etc. I am running as councilor because I cannot continue to settle for substandard leadership that has offered no new vision for the future of our island. I am an educator for 23 years and I know that I can make a difference in San Pedro, our Isla Bonita.

Which portfolio would you like to fulfill and why?
I would like to work in the area of education and women. The PUP believes in education. I believe in education. I believe that having an educated community we will see less crime, less of our youth involved in criminal acts and less poverty. I need to work along with our women who are very important in our community. We can have a women’s group that can represent our women. I will commit myself to work with our single mothers and any girl who would like to be assisted and can learn a skill like sewing, cake decorating, modeling, etc.

If the opposition party should win most seats, how do you plan to work with them?
I am running as a PUP candidate because I believe in their philosophy which is to serve the people. If I get elected and majority of the seats is the opposition party, then I for sure will be able to work with them because it is the betterment of my people not myself. Once I am assigned to do a job I know I will work to accomplish it.

Should you win, what would be your top three priorities for our community?
1. Education – I will make sure that we lobby to central government for a government school which is needed on the island.
2. Women – Start a program where our women can learn a trade or a skill so they can be interdependent.
3. Parks – make sure that our parks or playgrounds for our children are well maintained and ensure Wifi and security cameras are installed, especially at central park.

Do you have any final comments for the electorates?
I invite our BRS electorate that on March 4, 2015 to come out and vote. Vote down the line for our PUP 7. Don’t be intimidated and afraid to go and vote.

Alex-Noralez-PUPAlex Noralez
Representing Party: People’s United Party

Why are you running, and what makes you a good candidate?
I am running because I want to restore San Pedro to the true Isla Bonita, the Isla Bonita I grew up in where people reached out to the less fortunate. In my youth I received a lot of support and assistance from my Community, from the Isla Bonita, and it is with their help that I was able to get ahead in life. Over my years as an educator I have slowly watched these opportunities for the less fortunate evaporate and disappear, and the marginalized become more so. As a proud Garifuna and San Pedrano, I feel that it is my duty to assist this community the way it has assisted me and to begin with the restoration of what was once, the true Isla Bonita, the best place to live. In my opinion a good candidate is self-motivated and hardworking with an ability to motivate others to get things done; and I am confident that I possess these qualities. My family has a long connection with San Pedro and I hold the best interest of the island at heart.

Which portfolio would you like to fulfill and why?
The portfolio I am most interested in sports. As an educator that has been at this task for the past 13 years I have found that you cannot connect with all students in the formal classroom setting. Some students you must captivate with sports, music or other forms of expressive arts. In many occasions it is through these extracurricular activities that we are able to maintain students on the academic track; and for this reason my goal is to create a local sporting calendar for this portfolio.

If the opposition party should win most seats, how do you plan to work with them?
I keep it real with my students, I explain to them that sometimes you work in a situation where you are with people that don’t like you or that you may not like but that does not mean that you cannot operate or need to be rude to one another. One should always look beyond one’s personal differences for the benefit of the community.

Should you win, what would be your top three priorities for our community?
Should I win the top three priorities would be as follows:
1. Restore all parks to at least: the basic, hygienic, functional standards.
2. Restore all sporting facilities, involve the community and lobby for more in different disciplines and
3. Ensure that all sports are given the same attention. (Create a sporting calendar and follow through).

Do you have any final comments for the electorates?
I appeal to the electorate to look beyond personal gain or self-interest and start thinking of the common good and what is best for the island. It is evident that this island has been neglected for the past 12 years and needs urgent care if we are to leave a safe place for our children to live in. Please look beyond party lines and loyalty and do what is right: vote for PUP 7 down the line.

GARY-GREIF-UDPGary Greif
Representing Party: United Democratic Party

Why are you running, and what makes you a good candidate?
Everybody that lives or visits San Pedro can see that our island is developing in a positive manner. This positive growth is a result of the hard work of the residents of San Pedro and of the San Pedro Town Council. It is this hard work coupled with my love for our island that encouraged me to run as a Councilor Candidate for the UDP in the upcoming Municipal Elections. It goes without saying that the majority of San Pedranos, and by San Pedranos I mean everybody that has the wellbeing of San Pedro at heart, depend on tourism, myself included. I have worked in many different areas of tourism, from bartending at Blue Water Grill to my current position at Tropic Air, for the past 10 years. It is this experience along with my strong work ethic that makes me a strong councilor candidate, I will constantly be communicating with the residents of San Pedro to find ways of strengthening our tourism industry.

Which portfolio would you like to fulfill and why?
The portfolio I would like to fulfill would be a combination of Tourism and Economic Development. My business background and experience in the tourism industry would allow me to see the needs of these portfolios carried out. I want to see the continued growth of the San Pedro economy and the strengthening of a healthy and ecofriendly tourism industry. San Pedro has the potential of becoming a hallmark for ecofriendly tourism throughout the Caribbean and Central America. Apart from working on the portfolios assigned to me I also look forward to working with the other elected Councilors and their portfolios, because team work and unity is what will see the continued progress of San Pedro.

If the opposition party should win most seats, how do you plan to work with them?
If the opposition were to win the most seats and I was also elected into office I would do what is expected of me as a representative of the people and that is to serve.

Should you win, what would be your top three priorities for our community?
When the residents of San Pedro elect me to serve them as a Town Councilor my top three priorities will be Education, Tourism Development, and Crime Alleviation. It goes without saying that the tourism industry cannot fully thrive if there is a lack of a qualified workforce to propel it forward, and neither can it grow in a crime ridden community. By concentrating on education we will continue to have an educated workforce that will be equipped to serve the tourism industry of San Pedro. I constantly hear tourists saying that they fall in love with San Pedro because of its people, this is because we San Pedranos are friendly, intelligent, and hardworking among other things. As for Crime Alleviation I believe it is crucial for the residents of San Pedro to be involved whether through the Special Constable Program, Neighborhood Watches, or the Citizens On Patrol program. I will aim to work with such organizations during my term as a San Pedro Town Councilor.

Do you have any final comments for the electorates?
First of all I would like to thank everyone who has taken the time to read this article which I hope has provided them with some insight on both my personal goals as a future councilor and collectively as a dynamic UDP 7. It is truly encouraging to see that you, the electorates of San Pedro, are well informed about what is happening on our island. It is because of this that I have all the confidence, that come March 4th you will once again vote for the UDP 7 team that will continue to work for the positive growth and transformation of San Pedro.

GABRIEL GABY NUNEZ-UDPGabriel “Gaby” Nuñez
Representing Party: United Democratic Party

Why are you running again?
The work of the council entails dedication, hard work and much time. With the growing demands of the island, it is hard to accomplish everything we embarked on three years ago and in effort to have continuity to some of the projects we have begun, I have offered myself to run for office for a second term. I believe that this island has seen tremendous efforts place in key areas I worked in, and we want to improve those areas.

Which portfolio (s) have you held? What would you consider your greatest accomplishments within those portfolios?
Under my first term I held the responsibility of working with Youth, Sports, Public Utilities and Police. Over the past three years, we began a project to improve the areas of youth and sports fabric on this island. When I took office, these areas were dormant and with the support of stakeholders in this area, we can now say that we have all-year-round competitions in the area of football and volleyball. Through the assistance of Ministry of Sports, we were able to bring training to football coaches and even players. We also assisted financially many school teams who have participated in competition off the island. We have been of support to all sport-related initiative as well. In the area of public utilities, we lobbied with the various utility companies to install lights in the Collin Clark Subdivision and bring electricity in the San Mateo Area. We also change the water metering system for the people of San Mateo and we have identified areas for future sewer pump station that has been approved and pending execution. In the area of policing, I have been personally involved in the construction of the new Police Barracks. In addition, we have been very supportive of all police initiative in an effort to fight crime on this island.

Do you believe that you have worked well with the council members of the other party? Do you have any examples of such?
Yes I have worked well with every one of my council members. I have always maintained that after an election, we work together for the betterment of our island. After elections there is no red or blue island, there is one united island and that has been my driving force. Because of the work I do with Police, I have worked closely with Council Wally assisting in neighborhood meetings and I have been of support to him in every one of his initiatives.

Based on your campaign platform/or that of the slate you ran with, do you feel that campaign promises have been kept? Yes/No? Please explain.
Yes we have kept most of our campaign promises that we made to the electorates. However, we have to acknowledge that this island is growing rapidly, and in fact it is the fastest growing municipality in the country. And as the demands grow, we tend to divert a bit from what we planned for but we have maintained our number one goal- continue with the development of this island and helping our people in as much way possible. If we look back three years ago, you will see that tremendous efforts were made in roads, electrification, education and our list can go on.

How would you grade your performance over the last term? A-F? Why?
I would grade myself at B. I don’t think we can never be 100% satisfied with the work we do because as we work towards one challenge, there are more sprouting; that is the nature of a growing town. A lot was accomplished but there much more that needs to be done. Betterment and progress must continue.

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#500758 - 02/06/15 10:18 AM Re: Meet your San Pedro Town Councilor Candidates [Re: Marty]
Marty Offline
Gualberto “Wally” Nuñez
Gualberto Nunez PUPRepresenting Party: People’s United Party
Why are you running again?

My reason for running again is because I can see the development of our island not going as planned or as promised by this administration. I see the need of proper management of the public funds and making keen decisions on what are the priorities in which those funds should be invested. Myself, as being the only elected representative of the opposition, have tried to influence the Town Council on coming clean with its finances. I have asked my fellow Councilors and the Mayor to obey the law and report their finances, as is required; but sadly this has fallen on deaf ears. Where are the quarterly reports to the public’s money? Where is the audited financial report that was promised? Where are the PUBLIC town council meetings? If there is nothing to hide, then why hide everything from the public?
Which portfolio (s) have you held? What would you consider your greatest accomplishments within those portfolios?
My portfolios as council member are as follows: NEMO, Neighborhood watch, community protection and safety and drug awareness.
As an elected councilor with these portfolios on hand, I honestly have done my best with all assigned portfolios with little or no help from the council. We had drug awareness campaigns with local and national organizations, I have a great relationship with the police and I have been part of the NEMO group since day one with trainings and events. With respect to neighborhood watch which involves the police, neighborhood leaders and business people, we have been working tirelessly to make an effort in alleviating crime on the island. We have made several attempts to obtain support from our political leaders at a national level, to no avail. With that in mind, we have come up with a new initiative creating a group called the People’s Coalition of San Pedro. This is the first movement of its kind which aims to directly get the mayor and the area representative to commit themselves with this group regardless of political affiliations to alleviate crime on the number one island of the world. I have been garnering signatures from those in our community to prove to both the mayor and minister that the people want action to be taken in respect to crime on the island and to pressure them to use their administrative power to get things done to help better police our community.
Do you believe that you have worked well with the council members of the other party? Do you have any examples of such?
As stated during our campaign for the previous election I would have rather worked with candidates of my own party; as we had plans which were more feasible and realistic, unfortunately that did not occur and I have worked to make the best of the situation as I have the interest of the entire public at heart. I honestly believe that I have worked with this council with the best of my ability given the resources made. I have worked together with councilor Gaby Nunez on several events pertaining to drug awareness and the youth, as well as on the special constable program with the police, and with councilor Kenrick Bracket for NEMO. I have shown during this past term that I can work with the opposition and should this occur again I can continue working with them.
Based on your campaign platform/or that of the slate you ran with, do you feel that campaign promises have been kept? Yes/No? Please explain.
Being part of the opposition and the only opposition member on the board, it is clear that the ruling party will want to follow their manifesto promises. If we look back to their manifesto and go one by one, anyone can see that it was not followed and nothing that they promised was followed through. Accountability and transparency has been one of their “priorities” and yet we have not seen any attempts to be transparent with the town council budget. We were promised a 24 hour hospital and a new school, none of which has been achieved despite 7 years in power at a national level and 12 years at the local level. Is this the continuity they are campaigning on? A promise to continue failing the island?
How would you grade your performance over the last term? A-F? Why?
I personally suggest that you take their past UDP manifesto and grade their performance. We have copies available to whomever may need them. My intentions as council member has always been there and worked with my respective portfolio at the best of my abilities, however, I know that the present council has intentionally neglected assisting my portfolio or to put other councilors to do what I was supposed to in order for me not to get the credit for it. This has never bothered me so long as the good works were completed. This is not about who gets credit for anything, it’s about our people and putting people first is and always will be in my agenda.
Omar Guerrero
Omar Guerrero PUPRepresenting Party: People’s United Party
Why are you running, and what makes you a good candidate?
I am running because for the past 12 years there has not been respect to the people of Ambergris. There has not been an audit report, no accountability and transparency, but local government and local government.
Which portfolio would you like to fulfill and why?
I would like to deal with infrastructure. Biggest concern is streets, to open streets. Also to give special attention to development of new subdivisions for example San Pablo, San Pedrito 1 and 2, Eliot’s subdivision, Escalante, San Marcos and San Diego.
If the opposition party should win most seats, how do you plan to work with them?
Yes, I would work well with them because it about making the community better and we can only do that united. In the past, the only time I had different members was when Mr. Heredia was a member of the town council. When we inherited a debt of over $250,000 which had to be repaid and was built up under his term.
Should you win, what would be your top three priorities for our community?
Back then we didn’t have as many problems as we do now. I hope to focus on specific projects that I see that are needed in the community and to accomplish them.
Do you have any final comments for the electorates?
I have served twice as councilor and have served in sports. I spearheaded the Ambergris Stadium, pioneer of the five-aside. Build the five aside courts, in different occasions and different locations. Did numbers to prove that cobblestone streets were expensive at first but were cheaper in the long term. We did dozens of tournaments for football, basketball, volleyball, softball and darts. We spearheaded tournaments for juniors, seniors, ladies leagues and of course little leagues.
Flora Ancona
Flora Ancona UDPRepresenting Party: United Democratic Party
Why are you running, and what makes you a good candidate?
I was born and have lived all my 63 years on this island fully experiencing and actively participating in every progressive change we have seen. I love home and I’ve decided that I want to live life to its fullest, and the moments I feel most alive is when I’m serving others. Being part of our town council will allow me another medium to continue assisting my community.
Which portfolio would you like to fulfill and why?
I do not come seeking any particular position and it is ultimately the mayor’s decision on how he can use me best. I have worked with humanitarian organizations, organized missionary projects along several religious groups, and been part of NEMO, worked with the Poly Clinic, served in school committees, served in the Trade Licensing Board, worked with the police as a Justice Of the Peace and been active in celebrating island culture and tradition. I am familiar with many of the town’s affairs and ready to serve where I’m assigned.
If the opposition party should win most seats, how do you plan to work with them?
Yes, I like the plan that our UDP government has for this town and am excited to be a part of the team seeing them through but ultimately I am here offering myself to serve the people. And as a good servant I must do my best to look past party colors, social status, race, beliefs and see people for the special, unique beings they really are. When elected I’m eager to give my all to anything that is beneficial for San Pedro.
Should you win, what would be your top three priorities for our community?
As the woman in our slate, I will definitely voice the female point of view to the council. The issues affecting our San Pedranas is a strong priority.
To better compete in the tourism industry, we must strive to keep our product unique. I strongly believe that we do that by maintaining our Belizean traditions alive and that is something I will enjoy participating in also.
As the current contact for emergency evacuations that happen at night, I am well aware of the medical needs we have and would like to see these services improved.
Do you have any final comments for the electorates?
I would like to remind everyone that your voice is important, so on March 04 come out and vote. This is our home and if we all do our part it will always continue to flourish. Participate in our municipal elections and, as a member of this family, make your choice count.
Severo Guerrero Jr.
Severo Guerrero Jr UDPRepresenting Party: United Democratic Party
Why are you running again?
For the past three years, I believe that we have been a working Town Council following our victory at the polls. I have worked as a councilor ensuring that our town benefits the most from whatever we decide as a group. Although we have done great, there is still much more to be done. For this reason, I decided that three years was too little time to finish what I personally would like to see for my town and decided to once again offer myself as a councilor candidate to continue working for the best for my community.
Which portfolio (s) have you held? What would you consider your greatest accomplishments within those portfolios?
During our three year term, I have maintained Civic Infrastructure and Development in my portfolio. This portfolio is a challenging and demanding area. It basically entails the upkeep and development of the roads within our town. As everyone knows, this town council has invested greatly and heavily on hardcore for all the low lying streets in the area. We have cemented streets and opened new ones. Currently we can also see 4 miles of road up north being cemented. This was a project which we worked along with Central Government to make a reality. Perhaps my greatest accomplishment would have to be the elimination of most of the London Bridges in the San Mateo Subdivision. We continue to strive to fill the roads with organic material, as a base, and then fill up the streets with the appropriate fill. With three more years, I can say that the London Bridges will be a thing of the past in San Mateo.
I have also had Education and Health under my watch. In Education, I was instrumental in working to get three much needed classrooms for San Pedro R.C. School. In Health, I worked closely with the Dr. Otto Rodriguez Polyclinic to help better the services offered to residents as well as the environment in which they were working in.
Do you believe that you have worked well with the council members of the other party? Do you have any examples of such?
The people of San Pedro elected a split council last election. We were elected to serve the people, not a party. As such, I believe I have worked well with Mr. Wally Nunez. He is a personal friend of mine. I have backed him up on his requests and initiatives, which he has presented in meetings, to make our town better. That is what we were elected to do, to serve everyone not just a few.
Based on your campaign platform/or that of the slate you ran with, do you feel that campaign promises have been kept? Yes/No? Please explain.
I feel that we have accomplished most of what we had set out in our campaign. Although not all may be tangible, we have started others that have not yet finalized but are in the works. We strive daily to fulfill what we set out to do but there are limitations which we don’t foresee that stall our plans. It’s like building a house, although the contractor will give you a time frame of four months to finish it, there can be a prolonged rainy season that will not allow the contractor to finish in the specified time frame. It’s the same with some of the plans we had for the town.
How would you grade your performance over the last term? A-F? Why?
I would grade our performance at a B. We have done and continue to do our best but I believe the work of the town is never ending. No town council will be able to do away with all the problems our town faces but as leaders we have to try and work towards that as our goal. As long as we give it our all, like we have been doing for the past three years, residents will see that we have our island at heart. On March 4th, the residents will show their appreciation by returning a UDP Town Council who will continue working tirelessly for them.

San Pedro Sun


The VIP introduces three councilor candidates


Fatima Aragon Reyes

The Vision Inspired by the People (VIP) has unveiled three of its six candidates that will join Mayoral Candidate Robert “Bobby” Lopez in the upcoming municipal elections in San Pedro Town. The candidates are Fatima Aragon Reyes, Amalio Requeña and Virjilio “Bill” Henkis. The three appeared on a special paid broadcast on local television on Monday February 9th.

The first to be introduced was Fatima Aragon Reyes. She explained that as a mother, she can appreciate the challenges in the education system and the lack of programs for single mothers in the community. She also highlighted the need to address the serious environmental problems faced by use of garbage as land fill in the various areas of the island. Reyes, who was never affiliated to a political party, said that as a newcomer into politics, she wanted to be a part of a team that will bring change, if not now at least in the future. “Change must come, if not for this generation, at least for our grandchildren.”


Amalio Requeña

Also flanking Lopez was Amalio Requeña, better known as “Tua.” As a resident of the San Pedro for the past 14 years, Requeña highlighted the challenges to access land for first time landowners, people getting sick without adequate facilities, garbage mounting everywhere, the lack of decent playground for the children and the growing crime problems on the island. “The people have to make a change, because the PUP and the UDP keep promising and we still haven’t seen any progress,” explained Requeña.


Bill Henkis

Meanwhile, the third person to be introduced was Bill Henkis. A born Sanpedrano and a fisherman by trade, Henkis shared his disheartening view at the changes San Pedro went through at the cost of the environment. “We cannot continue to damage our environment, the very source of our livelihood,” said a passionate Henkis. He explained that while San Mateo is a community built on mangrove swamp land, garbage is not the most environmental friendly way to fill the area. “There is a better way that can cause far less damage to our eco-system,” he outlined.

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VIP reveals remaining three councilor candidates
On Tuesday February 10th, Mayoral Candidate of the Vision Inspired by the People (VIP) Roberto “Bobby” Lopez introduced his remaining three council candidate. The fourth council candidate is Martin Dawson. He is a born and raised resident of San Pedro and known for his involvement in martial arts for the past 12 years as well as other sporting activities. The fifth candidate introduced was Mary Boiton who said that while she is not originally from San Pedro, she now considers the island her home. According to Boiton, she believes that the community involvement can bring about the change. The sixth candidate on the VIP ticket is Francisco Salguero. The young islander, who is born and raised on Ambergris Caye, says that the issues affecting San Pedro are many including the environment, education and lack of activities for youth of the island.


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