Bittersweet victory for Mara
IT WAS A BITTERSWEET VICTORY for the Thompson family, after the widow of late Prime Minister David Thompson was announced winner of the St John by-election last night.
For the most part Mara Thompson, who secured even more than her late husband in the January 15, 2008 general election, was in a celebratory mood; but she did shed a tear for her dearly beloved.
“He would have been proud of what I achieved,” she said. “Sorry he is not here to share this moment.”
Daughters Misha, Osa-Marie and Oya, who stood by their mother every step of the way during the three week campaign, also remembered their dad, who had represented the constituency from 1987 until his death in October.
“I am excited for her,” said Misha.
“For us, this is nothing new. This time it is my mum and not my dad,” added the university student.
Oya also said she was excited even though she “expected it”. Noting that her mother had received more votes than her dad, she added: “She deserves the victory.”
Little Osa-Marie just said she was “very happy”, even though she still missed “my dad”. (CG)