Willoughby comments on his race for and loss of Mayor’s position

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Updated: August 29, 2017

On Sunday, Belize City Councilor Phillip Willoughby was defeated by his colleague, Dion Leslie at UDP open municipal convention. Both men went head to head for the mayor’s position. After the ballots were counted, it was announced that Leslie received Three Thousand and Seventy Three votes while Willoughby received Two Thousand Three Hundred and Eighty-Eight votes. It was a huge blow for Willoughby who did not stick around to be sworn in as a councilor candidate. He called a press briefing this afternoon at City Hall where he conceded defeat and congratulated Leslie.

Phillip Willoughby – City Councilor

“I am satisfied with the work the team put in on my behalf. We didn’t win, yes I concede to that but other than that I think we did a magnificent job with what we had so I am grateful for that.

Hipolito Novelo

“Were you disappointed?”

Phillip Willoughby – City Councilor

“Well no one gets into a battle to lose but unfortunately this time around someone had to lose and I am the loser so I take that loss and I learn from it and I’ll grow from it.”

Hipolito Novelo

“Am I to conclude because you ran for Councilor and Mayor position that you from the onset had some sort of belief you would have lost?”

Phillip Willoughby – City Councilor

“That’s 50 – 50 I either win or lose in that race then it is one sixteenth after that so you can do the  mathematical calculation and then you would have to come up with the top ten vote getters to get on the councilor slate.

Jules Vasquez

“Yeah but you did not go in all or nothing, you hedged your bets from the start.”

Phillip Willoughby – City Councilor

“What’s wrong with that? I believe no matter the position I would have gone or whether I would have won the Mayor or Councilor position, it still means that Phillip Willoughby has the opportunity to work for Belize City and the residents and as I pledged I would work even harder this time round for the city going into the next election and after we are victorious I will continue to work even harder.”

 

According to Willoughby, there is no bad blood between Leslie and him.

Phillip Willoughby – City Councilor

“I am at peace with myself and I hope that everyone is.  So there is no ill will or hard feelings to again roll up my pants or my shirt sleeves and get out there and work with anybody. If it is to serve the residents of the City, that is what we are elected to do, that is our job, we will do so. I have no problem working with anyone.”

Hipolito Novelo

“Have you spoken with Leslie?”

Phillip Willoughby – City Councilor

“Yes we have had one telephone conversation.  We have expressed to continue working with each other, working together for the residents of the city, that is the ultimate goal and represent the party.”