TALK BACK – Congrats to MP Mara Thompson
The week just gone was marked by one major event on one single day. Thursday.
It was the day when St John residents went to the polls to vote for their new parliamentary representative.
By 11: 25 p.m. Mara Thompson, the widow of the late MP for the parish and former Prime Minister David Thompson was declared the winner.
From the minute that news broke, our readers were ready with their congratulations.
Many did not only welcome the news and wished the new MP well in her new task ahead, but many said they anticipated this result.
These are only a few of the hundreds of congratulatory messages that poured in.
Frank Gilkes: “Congratulations to the DLP and Mara Thompson in retaining the St John seat. I wish her all the best as she moves forward in her political career.”
Orville Hall: “Congratulations to Ms Mara Thompson on her decisive victory. I know you will continue the work that your late husband envisioned for the people of St John. I wish you much success.”
Melvin Skeete: “Mara, we are very proud of you. Your dignity and the way you handle the personal attack was refreshing.”
Marville Cumberbatch: “Congratulations, Mrs Thompson, on your new position. I always knew you would have won by a landslide. May God continue to bless, guide and protect you.”
Naomi Brathwaite: “I am so very proud of you, Mara. You did us proud. Many out there can learn from you. You are truly a queen.”
But our readers also had some words for the losing candidate Hudson Griffith of the Barbados Labour Party (BLP).
One reader shared this advice: “The BLP should have had some one in there long time ago. If he is serious about his bid for the St John seat again, he should hit some tar early.
“I hope he goes away from this with a better understanding of the people of St John and a love for them.”
David J-P wrote: “Congrats to Mrs Thompson and Mr Griffith on the high standards showed by them in the campaign.”
On by-election day, online readers were also busy commenting on the pictures and videos posted from the full day of voting – from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. – right through to the counting of the votes, and the celebrations which took on a carnival-like atmosphere in Gall Hill, St John, and at The Lodge School.
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