Yesterday, we told you the reason that former Belize City Mayor Darrell Bradley has decided to run for UDP leadership. It was unexpected that he would re-emerge into politics, especially as party leader aspirant. The question in everyone’s mind, however, is how can he run for UDP Party Leader when he does not hold a seat in the House of Representatives. While Bradley is aware of this challenge, he is not shying away from the coveted party leader seat. In fact, he stated that he believes he has a base of supporters within the delegates that will decide his fate.
Darrell Bradley, Former Mayor of Belize City: “My not being an elected representative that’s something I have to recognize as a limitation of my candidacy. I have gone about meeting with a few delegates that I’m very close with, prior to making this decision I would have assessed my chances and I would have been confident that I’d at least have a base of support notwithstanding that that’s a small base and I would be forced to grow that base and go to individual delegates and convince them of my vision and the platform where I think the party needs to go and where I think that the country needs to go. I think that there are certain things that need to be said and needs to be done differently and that is the space in which I would occupy. I think my campaign would be about issues, about policies and programs and about the direction of the United Democratic Party and the nation. Very relevant conversations so that you would have heard me speaking about things like campaign finance reform, you would have heard me speaking about things which we need to do ensuring our leadership base is very solid so that our country can really go through challenges like COVID-19 it all boils down to a question of leadership; do we have leadership at the very top not only in the Prime Minister but do we have a team of people who can really respond and take the country forward.”
According to Bradley, his position as president of the Senate will remain even if he runs in the UDP leadership convention.