In the Cayo district, two UDP candidates survived the blue tsunami. Mayor for Santa Elena and San Ignacio Earl Trapp defeated the PUP’s Ramon Monchi Quiroz by sixty one. UDP candidate Bernadette Fernandez also managed to stay afloat when the blue wave hit the hills of Cayo. But everywhere else the blue tsunami washed out the red flags. In Belmopan, the PUP’s Sharon Palacio became the first female mayor. Palacio and her team defeated Jacklyn Burns and her six candidates. In the border town of Benque Viejo del Carmen, after twenty one years of being under the rule of the UDP, the voters there elected a PUP slate. Hipolito Novelo has the following report.
Earl Trapp, Mayor, Santa Elena/San Ignacio Town: “We lost sixty five seats and it is sad but you know what we’re not dead.”
Hipolito Novelo, Love FM News: Maybe not dead but in a coma. Only two of the UDP’s candidates countrywide survived the blue tsunami on March 3rd, one of them is Earl Trapp.
Earl Trapp, Mayor, Santa Elena/San Ignacio Town: “It’s a bittersweet victory I can tell you because of the fact that my entire slate did not come in but of course I believe it’s a good feeling because of the fact that at least one mayoral candidate from the entire country came in for the United Democratic Party.”
Hipolito Novelo, Love FM News: Defeating the PUP’s Ramon “Monchi” Quiroz, Trapp retains his seat as the mayor of the twin towns of Santa Elena and San Ignacio. He is joined by Bernadette Fernandez, the only other UDP candidate to stay afloat after the blue wave swept the nine municipalities.
Bernadette Fernandez, UDP San Ignacio Town Councilor: “I have been doing this three terms of with Mr.John August and this is my third term with the mayor.”
Reporter: So if I am correct you are the longest running councilor for San Ignacio and Santa Elena am I correct ?
Bernadette Fernandez, UDP San Ignacio Town Councilor: “Yes that is correct.”
Hipolito Novelo, Love FM News: The only PUP candidate who failed at the polls was Alberto Palma. And now Mayor Trapp and the soon to be sworn in councilor Fernandez will have to work with five PUP councilors.
Earl Trapp, Mayor, Santa Elena/San Ignacio Town: “As the mayor the work continues for this community. We have a municipal development plan. We have our projects that we had in the pipeline on the table and the projects will continue.”
Hipolito Novelo, Love FM News: Further to the west, in the border town of Benque Viejo del Carmen, after twenty one years, a PUP slate was elected. Voters in Benque chose to be led by Jorge Rosales and his six councilors. Rosales and his team defeated, the UDP’s mayoral hopeful, Miguel Guerra and his slate.
Jorge Rosales, Mayor-elect, Benque Viejo del Carmen: “For more than twenty two years we have been and so we want to effect change that the town needs. The town is suffering. The economic situation in Benque is really bad. We want to alleviate the pain and we want to ensure that the people know that we can do it.”
Hipolito Novelo, Love FM News: And the Garden City of Belmopan has its first female mayor in the person of Sharon Palacio. Palacio ran under the blue banner and along with her team, defeated Jacklyn Burns and her team by huge margins.
Sharon Palacio, Mayor-elect, Belmopan City: “I feel honored. I feel very proud because I was in the last PUP City Council. I was a councilor under the wonderful leadership Honorable Anthony Chanona. There are a lot of things that were put in place for example having city commissioners, people were very much involved and all that came to a halt because as you can safely see the people of Belmopan we’ve all been excluded and we look forward to as I said a movement whereby as a people we’ll be moving forward.”