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San Pedro Mayoral Candidate Debate Announced

Posted By: Marty

San Pedro Mayoral Candidate Debate Announced - 02/19/18 08:45 PM


Elections are fast approaching and UDP Mayoral Candidate Daniel Guerrero and PUP Mayoral Candidate André Perez have been invited to participate in a debate on Monday, February 26th. The debate, hosted by The San Pedro Sun and Reef Radio/TV will be held at the San Pedro Lion’s Den and will be televised live on Reef TV on channel 20 and broadcast live on Reef Radio at 92.3FM.

In order to assure an orderly crowd the debate will be open to only those with tickets. Each candidate will be allotted an equal amount of tickets to distribute at their discretion. In addition, select members of the Town Council, private sector and media will be invited. It is anticipated that close to 100 people will be in attendance. Crowd participation will be limited to applause when appropriate and alcoholic beverages will not be sold or permitted at the events. The debate will be limited to two hours and The San Pedro Sun will also stream the debate live on their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/SanPedroSun.

The public is encouraged to submit their debate questions to The San Pedro Sun by dropping them off at our office at 63 Barrier Reef Drive or emailing then to [email protected] Questions can also be submitted to Reef Radio at their location on Pescador Drive or emailed to [email protected]

Campaign managers for all parties will receive the debate format and rules before the debate and advertising sponsors for the debates are being solicited to help cover the expense of holding this unprecedented event.

For more information about the debate or how to be a sponsor please call The Sun at 226-2070 or Reef Radio at 226-4054.

Posted By: Marty

Re: San Pedro Mayoral Candidate Debate Announced - 02/23/18 12:03 PM

Mayor Daniel Guerrero says NO to Candidate Debate

On February 16, 2018, a press release issued by Reef Radio/TV and The San Pedro Sun was printed, informing readers about their plans for hosting a mayoral debate. They stated that invitations were extended to both UDP Mayoral Candidate Daniel Guerrero and PUP Mayoral Candidate André Pérez and that the debate would be held on Monday, February 26th. The candidates were asked to confirm participation by February 14th. Although Pérez confirmed his attendance, Guerrero did not respond. However, the Mayor went on record while on the Reef Radio/TV that he categorically would not participate in the debate. He reiterated his stance on Nomination Day on February 21st where he told his constituents, “I want to make it clear here, in front of everybody, that I’m not going to participate in the debate with André Pérez. The reason is because I don’t have nothing valuable to debate with him.”

Debate co-host, Eiden Salazar of Reef Radio/TV expressed his disappointment. “Over the last six years, we have worked hard to bring a platform to the people where they had the opportunity to hear candidates discuss and debate important topics, this is a vital part of the democratic process,” he commented. Tamara Sniffin of The San Pedro Sun also shared her disappointment, adding, “We had received many questions from the public that deserved to be answered by the candidates, such as transparency, fiscal responsibility, sustainable development, healthcare, traffic, and pollution. Our goal was to give the people the opportunity to ask these questions, unfortunately, that won’t happen now. Just as we made history with the first mayoral debate in 2012, this too will be one for the history books. It feels like our hard work for political progress on the island has taken a step back.”

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