Tessa Johnson Bodden steps into the role

Tessa Johnson Bodden was announced as the new interim chairperson of the United Democratic Party in front of a crowd of several hundred party faithful at a political rally in West Bay on Tuesday night.

The appointment is interim only until Ms Johnson Bodden is confirmed at the UDP’s party conference before the May general election.

West Bay MLA and UDP Party Leader McKeeva Bush hailed Ms. Johnson Bodden as a “public service icon” and said the UDP was fortunate to have someone of her calibre and experience in such an important post.

“I believe Ms Bodden is well placed to bring to our party the skills that are needed…” he said. “She has the skills to give us direction and the skills that Cayman needs in a time when the country is challenged. We together as a team can and will make the political landscape a better and more efficient place.”

Mr. Bush also paid tribute to Ms Johnson Bodden’s father, the late Sir Vassel Johnson, Cayman’s first knight and one of the men who helped forge Cayman’s financial services sector.

“I am proud that one of Sir Vassel’s daughters could get involved and could guide us,” Mr. Bush said during an interview with Ms Johnson Bodden and Cayman Free Press prior to the public meeting.

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  1. Ms. Thessa Sir Vassdel’s daughter. I am so very proud of you taking this step. You are one of Cayman’s finest ladies. I bow and take off my hat to you and I am very sure you have the skills to lead us ina good direction now that the country is so challenged. We are proud to have you Thess.

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