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The UDP Convention for Belize Rural South commenced with thunderous applause and ended with thunder and showers of blessing. The organizers must be very pleased as the convention drew a large gathering at Central Park who listened and applauded the many endorsements offered for Hon. Manuel Heredia who has postulate his candidacy for a third term as standard bearer and possibly Area Representative.  

Offering endorsement speeches were Hon. Anthony “Boots” Martinez, Mayor of Corozal Town Hilberto Campos, Hon. Patrick Faber, Chairman of the UDP Executive in Caye Caulker, and Mayor Elsa Paz of San Pedro.  However the endorsement that drew thunderous applause and even some tears was that of Mr. Angel Nuñez, former Principal of San Pedro High School, and childhood and lifetime friend of Honorable Manuel Heredia.

In synopsis Nuñez spoke of Heredia’s love of San Pedro, integrity, humility, respect, distinction and honorability, and stated that he knows of no other person who could best lead the UDP team to victory in the next general elections. A standing ovation for Heredia took effect.

Keynote speaker of the evening was The Prime Minister of Belize, Hon. Dean Barrow, who cited Nuñez with the phrase, “words of wisdom from a distinguished professor”.  He too endorsed Hon. Manuel Heredia and spoke on the latest tough decisions the UDP government has had to make for the good of country.

There was much to enjoy at the convention besides charismatic speeches to include dances by San Pedro Dance Company, a lot of T-shirt give-a-ways, and tons of raffles for all of the attendees. The Committee also took the opportunity and the same scenario to present the slate of seven candidates to run for the upcoming Town Council Elections on March 7, 2012. They are: Mayoral Candidate: Daniel (Danny) Guerrero; Councilors: Carlos Barientos, Kenrick Brackett, Severito Guerrero, Gabriel Nuñez, Yolanda Parham and Guillermo (Mito) Paz.

The seven candidates also addressed the lively gathering. Mixed with thunderous applause suddenly there was thunder from the sky and in a matter of seconds, there was a lot of wind, a storm of dust and heavy showers - enough to send everyone home quite drenched but delighted that their convention could reach its climax and grand finale.

The San Pedro UDP Committee must be congratulated for their hard work in putting up a very successful convention.

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