The People's Pulse, official organ of the United Democratic Party (UDP) announced last week that Louis Sylvestre would run against Ralph Fonseca in the Belize Rural Central District and the new UDP Standard Bearer for Belize Rural South would be Town Councilor and former mayor Manuel Heredia, Jr, J.P.
He will face Patty Arceo, the People's United Party Standard Bearer in the national elections to take place during or after June, 1998.
The 1998 election will be unique in San Pedro since both candidates were born and raised on the island. San Pedro has been represented for many years by politicians who did not live here.
Mr. Heredia was Mayor of San Pedro from March 1994 to March of 1997, when the UDP was swept out of all town boards in the country. Mr. Heredia is the lone UDP candidate to retain his seat in the San Pedro Town Board election. Reliable sources have told The San Pedro Sun that Mr. Heredia is experiencing difficulty in fulfilling any function as a town board member as he has not been advised of town board meetings.
Louis Sylvestre has written a letter endorsing Mr. Heredia's candidacy.
Mr. Heredia said he received many requests from San Pedro voters to run in the national election and indicated he is very happy with the response in Caye Caulker and San Pedro.
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