Prime Minister Thompson transitioned from this life approximately three months ago as a result of pancreatic cancer.
According to a report carried on Caribbean360, “Mara Thompson got the green light during the Democratic Labour Party (DLP) nomination meeting 2nd January, in the St John constituency, where scores of constituents gathered outside to declare their support for her.”
The Caribbean360 report declared that Mrs. Thompson won 60 of the 69 votes, “securing and overwhelming victory over Leroy McClean, Anthony Walrond, Vere Brathwaite, David Gittens and Peter David. Two others who had initially thrown their hat into the ring – DLP Senator Jepter Ince and Dale Lashley – withdrew from the race and gave their endorsement to Thompson.”
MiyVue.com understands that the vote for Mrs. Thompson to contest the by-elections was later sanctioned by the DLP’s general council.
Also contesting the by-elections in the DLP stronghold is businessman Hudson Griffith of the Barbados Labour Party (BLP). According to some schools of thought, it is almost impossible for the BLP to capture the seat especially with the late PM’s widow contesting.
Mrs. Thompson will receive assistance from her husband’s political advisor, Hartley Henry. According to reports, Henry had indicated that he would have been taking a break from the political scene after Prime Minister Thompson’s death but has since pledged his support for Mrs. Thompson.