Belize Progressive Party Gains Traction in Punta Gorda: Residents Welcome Change
The Belize Progressive Party, BPP is working to solidify its bid for municipal office in Punta Gorda Town. The BPP’s municipal slate, led by Anita Nicholas, has been on the ground visiting with town residents in preparation for the March 6 municipal elections. Today we spoke with BPP Party Leader, Wil Maheia, who said that the party has been welcomed with open arms by PG residents who are looking for a change.
Wil Maheia, Leader, Belize Progressive Party: “I’m very pleased at the results of our campaign. I believe that people are speaking up right now. People are glad that they have an option. They believe that they have been failed by both the PUDP and you know people invite us into their homes to explain and tell us why they’re supporting us. It’s not like “Oh we will listen to you.” they’re saying this is the reason why we will give you a chance. Both candidates running for the other party have already had their chances. One of them was there for thirteen years the other one was there for close to nine years and they have served this community and have failed when serving the community. So the people are saying look we don’t want no recycled candidate we will go with the fresh candidate.”
Maheia says that one of the major advantages of the slate is each member’s involvement in various aspects of community work before entering politics.
Wil Maheia, Leader, Belize Progressive Party: “We have a nice slate going. A very honest slate going. I think one of the things that people are most concerned about is the level of involvement. Most of these people will be their first time venturing not all of them but venturing into politics. Like Teacher Anita this is not her first rodeo but she continued to serve the community, she has stepped up to plate to be the mayoral candidate. She has an incredible amount of experience serving the community. She has her own school, she has been a unionist for over twenty five years. She’s a justice of the peace, one of the first female referees in the country of Belize. So she’s very very involved with the community. We have Tyrone Coleman who has been a bus driver for over twenty five years and knows PG in and out because of all they years that he had served the community driving a bus. We have Ron Maheia born and bred native Punta Gorda, retired from the United States and he has agreed to serve without even collecting a stipend. He has pledged that his stipend will go to the feeding programs at the schools in Punta Gorda Town.”
Maheia added that, due to the work the members have been doing over the years the BPP’s slate will be able to function well regardless of which political party forms the central government.