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Wagner – A Man for the Alberts?

As Mayor Wagner treats the Micah Goodin debacle in the rear-view mirror, he’s thinking of what his future will be.  He’s already indicated that he will not seek re-election in 2024.  We asked the Mayor if he has political aspirations beyond that point.  Here’s what he had to say.

Hipolito Novelo, Love FM News: So is it that you’re looking naturally to the next step to become an area rep.?

Bernard Wagner, Mayor, Belize City: “No I haven’t really put any thought in, any thought in it. Actually, I am contented with where I sit having been in the banking sector for 30 years. I do believe though that whatever circumstances present itself down the road then I will certainly take a look at it but as I look around, I see myself as just having it fall in place just like how it fell in place in 2018. I wasn’t planning on running for Mayor. As I told you all, I was retired from the banking sector and I was looking at how I could be an employer for the city and so I still have that in my plans for the future. But, in terms of an area rep., I haven’t made any, any, any sort of consideration. There’s redistricting. I don’t know how that will impact the entire landscape of politics in the city so that is where I sit with it.”

A general election is constitutionally due in 2025 and by the time that day comes, the People’s United Party will not have held the Albert constituency in 13 years. The party’s standard bearer is Paul Thompson, who narrowly lost to Tracy Panton in 2020.  So, we asked the Mayor if he’s interested in the division, once held by Philip Goldson. 

Hipolito Novelo, Love FM News: I’ve heard that you are eyeing Albert. That you want to strong-arm Albert from Paul and that has created a rift between you and the Deputy Prime Minister. 

Bernard Wagner, Mayor, Belize City: “No. Actually, I haven’t. I met with Paul face to face because I’m a face to face person. I don’t go behind the back and I told Paul about late last year or early this year. I told him what’s his plan for Albert. I am a straight up person. I’ll come to you and ask you and I said, because I may have interest in it. I told him straight like that and Paul tell me, told me, he is still looking, just like myself at the landscape. So, you can’t be making any plans as yet. You neve know how that redistricting will play out and so I believe most of the area reps in the city feel the same way. So, I’ll leave that for down the road.”

Hipolito Novelo, Love FM News: What’s your relation with the DPM? It’s good?

Bernard Wagner, Mayor, Belize City: “Very, very good.”