Belize Rural South area representative Manuel Heredia Jr. is throwing his hat in the ring for second deputy party leader, taking on Belize Rural Central representative Beverly Williams.
Heredia has three terms in Government and years of experience compared to Williams but neither has held office in the party before.
Speaking on his home turf, Heredia confirmed he plans to run for a fourth and final time in the next upcoming general election, but this electoral run is about giving back to the party he has called home from the beginning.
Manny Heredia – an Independent for Second Deputy in the U.D.P.?
Senior Minister Manuel Heredia Junior confirms that he is running for the U.D.P.’s second deputy position. According to Heredia Junior, he made the decision just the day before applications closed and he didn’t consult with his leader, P.M. Barrow. When we caught up with Heredia on Saturday at an event on San Pedro, we asked him what motivated his decision. He told us that he will contest his last election in 2020, so he feels that the time is right and that he is qualified and will bring respect and integrity to the party. While it has been rumoured that he is pro-Faber for the leadership position, Heredia made it clear that he is not running as part of a slate and he wasn’t asked by either of the leadership candidates to put his hat in the ring. Here’s how he explains his personal decision to vie for the second deputy leadership position in the U.D.P, where he will face off with John Saldivar’s candidate Beverly Williams.
Manuel Heredia, Area Representative, Belize Rural South
“I usually don’t believe in going to the higher heights as some people call it. But I believe I almost at the end of my journey. I will only be vying for one more term and then I am planning to retire at that point. That being the case, I bring with me a lot of experience, humility, honesty into this party and I believe this party has been about honesty and transparency. Our Prime Minister has been an impeccable person and I am one of his most loyal ministers in government. I think that if I am to retire, why not give back something to this wonderful party of ours. I believe I can bring some integrity to this party and so I decided to put my name as the second deputy. They were talking to me about probably going for the first but I don’t want to go any further than the second. Even the second, I had to think about that time and time again until I arrived the Thursday of this week from abroad and I decided to submit my name for that position.”
“Were you asked by Minister Faber to be on his slate – to run for that position?”
“There is nobody that asked me to run for nobody; nobody that has asked me to support this one or the other. I support democracy. If you see there is another independent candidate which is Honorable Tracey Panton. Again, she believes she brings a lot of energy and youth to the party and she is a woman. We need a combination of men and women. Personally, I believe the leadership fine each one is going on its own platform and they are the ones, honestly, I believe should have been independent and let the delegates decide who they want. But in a democracy, everybody has the right to do what they want. I believe, personally, as an independent, whoever, of the leaders win, I can bring a lot of respect and integrity to that leader. This one, this was my own decision without consultation not even with my leader. I have to be very clear that I didn’t consult with the leader; didn’t consult with the two members that are vying for the leadership. It is my own personal decision.”
Manuel Heredia Jr Running For UDP Second Deputy Party Leader Twelve applicants are vying for five vacant post in the National Executive of the United Democratic Party. San Pedro’s very own Hon. Manuel Heredia Jr. is taking up the challenge and has applied for the post of second deputy leader against Belize Rural Central representative Beverly Williams.
Minister Heredia has had three terms in Government under his belt and believes he can work with either Faber or Saldivar (both running for Party Leader) to continue his works in his electoral division but most importantly to give back to his party.
The other applicants are Party Leader - Patrick Faber, John Saldivar; for First Deputy Party Leader - Hugo Patt and Tracy Panton; for Second Deputy Party Leader - Manuel Heredia and Beverly Williams; for National Chairman - Michael Peyrefitte, John Castillo and Dr. Carla Barnett; for Vice Chairman - Alberto August, Clifford Peters and Khalid Belisle.
BRS Area Representative Manuel Heredia Jr., running for UDP Second Deputy Party Leader With Prime Minister Right Honourable Dean Barrow and leader of the United Democratic Party (UDP) set to retire, a reshuffling is about to take place with applicants vying for several vacant posts within the party, ranging from party leadership down to chairmanship. One of those available posts is for Second Deputy Party Leader. Area Representative for Belize Rural South (Ambergris Caye, Caye Caulker and St. George’s Caye) Honourable Manuel Heredia Jr., has submitted his application contesting the post against Belize Rural Central representative and Minister of State in the Ministry of Immigration Honourable Beverly Williams.