Ann Thompson was a community activist in her local area and had been a local councillor for four years before she ran for parliament. She was elected to the Lithgow City Council in1999 - and appointed Deputy Mayor 2005. In 2003 Ann represented the National Party in the New South Wales Legislative Assembly election for Bathurst, having only been a member of the National Party for four months before being preselected. She ran for election in order to highlight the neglect of country people by the NSW Labor government. Ann Thompson was blunt in her opposition to the Greens drug policy and said she did not want Green preferences because of it. With her husband Ray, she was involved in three businesses in Lithgow and was a part time lecturer at Lithgow TAFE.
Sources used to compile this entry: Western Advocate, 14 March 2003; http://www.council.lithgow.com/gen_councillors.html (accessed 22 September 2005).