Punta Gorda selects slate for municipal elections Print E-mail
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Friday, 06 October 2017 00:00

On Sunday, October 1, the United Democratic Party held a convention to select a slate to contest the March 7, 2018 municipal election in Punta Gorda. Being the smallest municipality, there was not much fanfare that was expected from those participating in the election but contrary to that it was quite a lively race.

From the onset, Christie Martinez who had a slate consisting of himself and four councilors came out in full force, with drums and singers ushering him and his slate to the polls. His show was followed by Ashton McKenzie who had a complete slate of six who also energetically marched to the polling station at St. Peter Claver primary school in the town.

The polls opened at 10a.m. and closed at 5p.m. after which 984 residents had cast their ballots. Shortly after the polls closed the counting commenced and at the end of it all,  Ashton McKenzie had secured the mayoral candidate seat with 606 votes; Christie Martinez received 351. Also successful was Mckenzie’s slate of councilors with Stephen Polonio garnering 748; Raynell Tate 684; Cindy Martinez Buchub 623; Joicelyn Dawson 614; Winston Chun 585; and Kevin Choc 572

Unsuccessful candidates were Lucia Cayetano with 376 votes; Pastor Reyes 367; Clement Reyes 336 and Pedro Witz with 298 votes.

After the results were announced, Martinez congratulated the winner and explained that the healing process needed to begin. Convention was over and the party must look forward to the election to secure victory for the UDP. For his part McKenzie explained that it was a marvelous day that showed that the UDP was truly a party of democracy and good principles. He then thanked those who voted for him and those who supported him in his bid for the position.