BELIZE CITY, Mon. Mar. 14, 2022– The sudden and untimely death of Herbart Panton, UDP stalwart and husband of UDP Albert area representative, Hon. Tracy Panton, took the nation and the already fragile opposition party by surprise. Last week, the party faithful, along with Panton’s loved ones, mourned his passing, and his remains were laid to rest by his family.
Subsequent to his burial, Hon. Panton stated in a post published on Facebook on Saturday, March 12, “I have made the decision to continue to pursue the leadership of the United Democratic Party at a Special Convention that will be convened on Sunday, March 27, 2022. My bid to become the next UDP Party Leader is a firm commitment I made 6 weeks ago and it is a commitment I intend to see through. This decision is not about me. It is about serving the greater good of our Party and, more importantly, the greater good of Belize. In life, there should be no ‘what if’s’.”
The convention is set to be held exactly 13 days from today. According to reports, Roosevelt Blades, Hon. Panton’s campaign manager, has confirmed that she will proceed without any delay for grieving. (Panton said that she is sure it is what her late husband would have wanted.)
She is now asking for the support of the delegates of the party who will make the final decision on March 27.
“Together, we must look ahead to the future. We must walk shoulder to shoulder in this Movement for a stronger more cohesive United Democratic Party and for a better Belize. I humbly ask for your continued support. Belize needs strong, competent, experienced, and compassionate leadership. THE TIME IS NOW. We owe it to ourselves and to all Belizeans,” Hon. Panton further stated in her Facebook post.
She took the opportunity to thank all those who showed their support during the family’s difficult time.
“I take this opportunity on behalf of my family to thank you for the outpouring of love and support we are receiving at this most difficult time. Your friendship and thoughtfulness help to lift us up. ONWARD!!!” she said at the end of the post.