Three City Councilors Aim for PUP Candidacy in General Elections

Three City Councilors Aim for PUP Candidacy in General Elections

As the 2025 general elections draws near, the political lines are being drawn.  While the United Democratic Party has been silent on its 31 standard bearers, the ruling People’s United Party is working on finalizing its 31 standard bearers.  Interestingly, three Belize City Councilors have submitted applications to run in the next general elections under the PUP banner. Deputy Mayor Allan Pollard wants to represent the Queen Square constituency, while Kaya Cattouse has ambitions for the Albert Division and Evan “Booboo” Thompson has his sights set for the Mesopotamia Division. The three councilors were recently elected to serve a three-year stint, but if selected, by all accounts, the politicians would need to spend a lot away from the City Hall to campaign. The situation has led many to speculate whether the young politicians truly have the council’s goals at heart or their own political aspirations. Yesterday, we asked Belize City Mayor Bernard Wagner for his take on the decisions of his councilors.

Bernard Wagner, Mayor of Belize City: “Everyone have their right to want to contest and put up their self to serve their community. I have no issue with any individual seeking to, but you have to look at it from a critical standpoint or you have to be certain that you have served the people who elected you, as you risk when you are given a mandate to serve at a certain period and you forego that period and you then risk the thought, actual thought of people that listen, you didn’t complete the job that I gave you. You didn’t complete it and yet you are moving on. But again, service is about, and so on the other side again it’s about service and if you feel that you want to serve people at the local level or you want to serve them at the constituency level it still comes right back to service and I can’t not appreciate someone wanting to serve at the constituency level or someone wanting to serve at a municipal level. You have to be able to live with your decision and justify your decision making because at the end of the day you will have to answer back to the people who elected you.”

Pollard and Cattouse are serving their third term in office, while Thompson is a newcomer to politics.

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