Belize City Mayor and Slate Discuss Campaign Trail Reception on The Morning Show
Belize City Mayor, Bernard Wagner made an appearance on The Morning Show today along with his deputy, Alan Pollard and City Councillor Kaya Cattouse. The trio made an appearance as they are seeking re-election come March 6, 2024. The discussion on the show featured several aspects of the city council’s operations including current street works underway. One of the questions posed to Deputy Mayor Allan Pollard was the reception they are experiencing on the campaign trail.
Allan Pollard, Deputy Mayor of Belize City: “I think in 2018 It was a bit more rough, Mayor, because there was a lot of uncertainty at the time. Like Mayor mentioned earlier we were dubbed all these different terms and nobody expected us to overthrow what was there for so long. And then 2021 was pure love from what I remember. Everybody saw what we did in 2018. They saw how we operated, how we worked. And for us, it was just to go out there and thank the residents for the first time and the second time came a bit easier in my opinion. And this go around I believe the confidence from the residents is there. They know what we’re capable of. They are understanding of the challenges that the Mayor mentioned earlier. And these are people who have been engaged in our events, have been updated with the different street development that have been happening, the different infrastructure works in different communities and I think that so far it has been nothing but good vibes on the ground.”
As it relates to the opposition campaign, Councillor Kaya Cattouse, says she does not feel like there is any competition. Her remark, she says, is based on the record of performance by the current city council.
Kaya Cattouse, Councillor, Belize City Council: “I don’t necessarily feel the pressure on the ground. Just now Thamar mentioned if we feel like we’re liked, I think it is very hard to not like such a dynamic team. We have five new candidates who have offered themselves to serve and they are just as well liked as the incumbents who have been seated there for three years or six years. And we have been doing the work on the ground. We have been going house to house like I mentioned and we have been welcomed into homes. If we see 50 hoses on a street, I would say forty five of them would invite us in. I mean, it’s overwhelming.”
As for Mayor Bernard Wagner, he indicated that although the opposition has been running a quiet campaign, he still refuses to take the voters for granted.
Bernard Wagner, Mayor of Belize City: “We never take anything for granted, because we remembered how we came in. We came in on a platform where the existing council had one, I believe close to15 years straight. Years 15 years. And so they were formidable. They were a formidable team. And then the last mayor that they had was very progressive and was able to use innovation and build so many cement streets so it was like this was a hard fight but what I found where their weakness lie was where our strength came up and that was ensuring that you do a mix. It can’t be just the cement street, because the cement street in reality doesn’t make a city.”