Mara Thompson, the outgoing Democratic Labour Party representative for St John, said she is satisfied with her decision to step away from active politics.
“[I am] happy to go and take care of Mara now,” Thompson said following a three-hour long meeting with constituents on Friday night.
She also believes that residents are pleased with George Pilgrim – who was handpicked by the DLP’s general council on Wednesday – as her replacement.
“I thought that people were angry with me for choosing to do what I have done in terms of coming out, but they weren’t. They seemed thankful to me for running at all. I feel a lot better going home tonight,” she said.
The 56-year-old, who is the widow of the late Prime Minister David Thompson, said her focus now was on taking care of herself and her daughters.
“I still have a 16-year-old. One of my daughters had said to me when I started out that I have taken on all that David did, and as I thought about it . . . I said, ‘you know that is true’. I took on everything that David did, constituency and all, but David had a wife, a supportive wife, and I don’t have that.
“There are so many people in the Democratic Labour Party who can do this job better than I can,” she added.
Looking at her performance as MP for the area Thompson was also satisfied with her achievements given the economic circumstances under which she had to operate.
“Given the circumstances I am quite pleased. I got that polyclinic done with much tearing out of my hair and fighting up with my colleagues on the front bench, and a new post office, not many roads, but . . . it has been tough,” she explained.
The former MP said while she learnt a lot over the years it was “very taxing”, explaining that she was often nervous to speak on behalf of the people of St John.
“That means hours in advance I am in a mess until I speak. So I found it was extremely taxing and I thought that as the years went by, the more you speak, the easier it would be to speak, but I just didn’t find that, not for Mara,” she said.
However she was not opposed to assisting Pilgrim’s campaign for the upcoming poll.
“When and where I am needed, I am happy to go. I am definitely happy to walk around with the candidate for St John because I want to be able to walk around and say thank you to each person face-to-face and then in that way introduce the next person,” she said.