Alberto Villlanueva Jr. elected Caye Caulker Village Chairman

The Island Newspaper, Ambergris Caye, Belize            Vol. 13, No. 1            January 16, 2003

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Bi-elections were held in the village of Caye Caulker last Sunday, January 12th, 2003 for the office of Caye Caulker Village Council Chairman and one seat on the council. As a result, candidate Alberto Villanueva Jr. was named chairman and Miguel Neal as councilor of the village council.

    Voter turnout showed an impressive 498 residents casting ballots and a landslide victory for the winners as Villanueva received 354 votes compared to his opponent, Maria Vega's 140 total. Similarly, Neal received 360 votes as opposed to Wendy Auxillou's tally of 104. Although defeated, Vega and Auxillou both pledged to work diligently with the new village chairman and council. Following the voting, one resident deemed the election, "A turning point for democracy."

    In his victory speech, Alberto Villanueva Jr. pledged to " work hard for the people of Caye Caulker" and further promised to "straighten out" the island's financial challenges.

    In accordance with Section 9 (1) of the Village Councils Act, Chapter 88, Revised edition 2000 of the Laws of Belize, bi-elections were called following the resignation of former Chairman Fermin Marin. The available seat on CC Village Council was vacated by Villanueva to enable him to run for chairman. As newly elected chairman, Villanueva will serve out his predecessor's remaining fifteen-month term.

    Alberto Villanueva Jr. received a Master's Degree in Business Administration with a concentration in International Management from the Valdosta State University in Valdosta, Georgia, USA. He is currently the municipal administrator for San Pedro Town.
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