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2014-06-13 at 01:07

Politics and tragedy: NDP candidate Mary Kozorys faces loss beyond political defeat Thursday

Mary Kozorys embraces a supporter at her results viewing party at Chicago Joe
Matt Vis, tbnewswatch.com
Mary Kozorys embraces a supporter at her results viewing party at Chicago Joe's.
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By Matt Vis, tbnewswatch.com

THUNDER BAY – To say the past week has been a challenging one for Mary Kozorys would be an understatement.

Her sister-in-law passed away after a long illness on Saturday and then she was defeated in her second attempt at the Thunder Bay-Atikokan riding by incumbent Liberal Bill Mauro by more than 7,000 votes.

“A serious illness and death are never easy to take at any point in one’s life,” she said. “You have to balance that fine line between family and career.”

She admitted it was hard to take time away from campaigning but said it was necessary for her, as well as her family.

Kozorys said there were many more voters she wished she could have connected with and issues she wanted to have addressed.

Kozorys watched the results come in at home, away from her group of supporters who were gathered at Chicago Joe's. It was a decision she said was made to keep everybody together after such trying times.

When she did return she spoke immediately to the group, getting emotional when discussing the past week.
She thanked those close to her and the volunteers, calling them part of  her family.

She particularly broke down when discussing the impact her father had in her deciding to pursue a political career.

“The opportunities he had here to be able to have a family, buy a home and have those opportunities to give back and be involved in the community are things he instilled in us,” she said.

“I think one thing I’m always so grateful to him for is there was never an issue of gender inequality. He always encouraged myself and my sister to take leadership positions.”



 


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captain says:
I must be old school or completely out of touch with the norms of society. This article bothers me. It seems publicly commenting upon a death and tying it into an election campaign or results seems okay to the candidate and to others.

I was bothered when Mr. Hyer's ailment was made public. I felt horrible for him and am glad he is okay, but I don't think it is a public issue.

Same with Mr. Gravelle. I like Mr. Gravelle as a rep in our city but I was bothered by his public commentary about his illness and his commitment to keep fighting for us. It seemed like he was using it for votes. I am thrilled he is feeling better but these kinds of things are weird.

I hope I am not the only one who feels this way.

If I am I will apologize and accept that this is okay.

6/15/2014 5:13:28 PM
JYDOG says:
It'd seem that yes, you are the only one who feels this way captain.
6/16/2014 11:05:03 PM
Alsa says:
It's probably a bit political and a bit defensive to release this information now. That said, politicians are human and they should not need to hide that. I don't think it helps anything for them to pretend they have no personal issues when the average person does. Like many, they can keep working inspite of their issues, but if their work is too affected, I do think they should step down.
6/17/2014 9:14:36 AM
captain says:
jydog I would be more sympathetic if she was the only one who had lost loved ones or the only one who is ill. Many suffer through these issues and do not parade them publicly.

I do not think it is wrong to suggest this is just more PR for the woman who stated already that she will run again. I apologize for being a bit more harsh, but a friend of mine showed me last night what her campaign was stuffing into mail boxes before the vote. The letter was authorized by her campaign and calling it trash is being kind.

I can only assume it was what Mr. Mauro was referring too in his comments to the media. Any sympathy I might have had for this lady went out the door when I saw that NDP literature. She should be made to publicly answer for that act.
6/17/2014 4:06:44 PM
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