New Mayor Says City in Ur­gent Need of Facelift!

The Star (St. Lucia) - - COMMENT - By STAR Re­porter

Cas­tries has a new mayor. Mr. Petersen Fran­cis was on Tues­day sworn in at the coun­cil’s main of­fice in the city. Mr. Fran­cis, whose brother Her­mingild re­placed Vic­tor La Corbiniere as jus­tice min­is­ter, had been an­nounced as the United Work­ers Party’s Cas­tries Cen­tral can­di­date in the June 6 gen­eral elec­tion— un­til he was re­placed by Sarah Flood-Beaubrun some six weeks be­fore the June 6 elec­tions. The new mayor is also a brother of for­mer senate head and cur­rent chair­man of the St. Lu­cia Labour Party, Claudius Fran­cis.

Fol­low­ing the swear­ing cer­e­mony Mayor Fran­cis told re­porters he was looking for­ward to get­ting down to work on giv­ing the city an im­age makeover. Of par­tic­u­lar con­cern to him, he said, were the city sidewalks that had be­come over­loaded with ven­dors, many of whom had set up ram­shackle shel­ters and enor­mous trays that im­pede both pedes­trian and ve­hic­u­lar traf­fic.

Also tak­ing the oath of of­fice on Tues­day was Ms. Anselma Calderon, as deputy mayor. She is a for­mer math teacher at St Mary’s Col­lege and at the SDA. She also served for some 13 years as a youth and sports of­fi­cer. Ms. Calderon re­tired two years ago as di­rec­tor of hu­man re­source de­vel­op­ment at the ed­u­ca­tion min­istry.

The rest of the Cas­tries Con­stituency Coun­cil: Messrs. Chris Mitchel, Au­gustin Vic­tor, Vic­tor Mau­rice, Stephen Chicot and Les­lie Pros­pere. The coun­cil op­er­ates un­der the di­rec­tion of Sen­a­tor For­tuna Bel­rose.

All in the fam­ily? Newly-minted Cas­tries Mayor Peter­son Fran­cis, deputy Anselma Calderon and SLP chair­man Claudius Fran­cis.

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