Dutch Quarter:--- Member of Parliament William Marlin also known as the legend of the National Alliance officially passes on the baton to his son Cloyd Ohndhae Marlin on Saturday evening when “Ohndhae launched his political campaign at the Dutch Quarter Community Center.
Marlin who began his political career some 45 years ago as the founding secretary of the St. Maarten Patriotic Movement which later changed to the St. Maarten Patriotic Alliance now known as the National Alliance said it gives him joy to officially pass on the baton to his son.
Marlin said his son Ohndhae was his mascot during political campaigns, he said his son got much more involved as he aged, and he became a prominent part of his campaigns and the National Alliance.
Eventually, Ohndhae became his father’s campaign manager, he is also known as the one who had a key eye in identifying new candidates to join the party slate and he also played a major role in their campaigns as well.
Marlin told the large gathering that his son Ohndhae has more than 20 years of experience in the political arena, he is considered to be a seasoned politician that is very much solution-oriented.
After officially declaring that he has given the baton over to his son so that he could finally contest the January 2024 Parliamentary Elections, Marlin was honored by the founding members of the SPM/SPA/ NA.
Founding members that attended the community event on Saturday evening were Richard Gibson Sr, Leo Friday Sr., and Nilda Arduin Lynch.
The National Alliance youth wing showed their appreciation to William Marlin by presenting him with 45 white roses and a plaque from the founders of the National Alliance.
While the National Alliance honored Marlin for his contributions, dedication, and service to the party and people of St. Maarten, Marlin will remain in the parliament of St. Maarten until this governing period ends in January 2024, he will remain an advisor to the party, and his son Ohndhae campaign manager.