The United Democratic Party has showcased their seven candidates that will contest the Municipal Elections on March 3 in the Orange Walk Municipality. A press conference was held this afternoon at the UDP headquarters on Youth for the Future drive. Love News was able to hear from the Mayoral candidate Orlando Castillo who was able to relay the plans he has in store for the Town.
Orlando Castillo, Orange Walk Mayoral Candidate: “My team and I have started meeting with the business owners especially from the restaurant and tourism industry in Orange Walk Town. We had a meeting with, it was on a one on one basis with several off them and we had a conversation with them and me and my team asked them how we as a town council can help them stay afloat in this hard times because the COVID has ravaged everything we know that, and the first thing that came to mind was the revision of taxes and license fee that they pay. Because at the end of the day it doesn’t make sense if you use 25% of your establishment and get to pay 100% of the tax on license that you use. So we sat down and the conclusion we came to like I said is to revise how we can assist them with the taxes and the licensing and at the same time we have to realize that the business are the backbone of our economy. If we need anything to happen it will be through the business especially sports. If you notice in my presentation I mentioned nothing of sports but it’s something not forgotten but at the time what is necessary is for the businesses to recover so that they can help out everyone else. I myself am here to serve the people. I’m no rubber stamp and I have little to no political ties. I’m a new face and I have no debt to no one. So like I said I am here to serve the people and to answer to the people. What most politicians and like I say I’m considering myself a politician but at the same time most people who get in power they let the power get to them and they forget the people and they forget that they serve the people and that is one of the downfall of many of the political parties. So to me it’s all about serving the people of Orange Walk and to see what is in their best interest because you can look at these faces, you have never seen them anywhere. They’re new, they’ve never ran for office and they’re here on their own will and no-one forced them to be here. They came on their own will and said I will run, I want to make a change in my town and regardless like I say – because Mr.Briceno has been in power, he and his family has been in power for the past forty years what has Orange Walk ever gotten? I have seen more development from the UDP party for Orange Walk than any other party. But like I said we’re here to serve the people and answer to the people.”
The six councilors are Melvin Adolphus, Shameka Bull, Rene Escalante, Andy Yam, Henry Gomez, and Estellita Carlos.