Go­ing Green

Me­gan Mit­ton takes Mem­ram­cook-tantra­mar rid­ing in a tight race

Sackville Tribune - - FRONT PAGE - BY SCOTT DO­HERTY & KATIE TOWER SACKVILLE TRI­BUNE- POST

Mem­ram­cook-tantra­mar vot­ers made his­tory Mon­day night when they opted to send the rid­ing’s first Green Party can­di­date to the provin­cial leg­is­la­ture, although by the slight­est of mar­gins.

When the fi­nal re­sults were tal­lied, Me­gan Mit­ton took the lo­cal seat by a mere 11 votes.

The in­side of the Sackville Com­mons went from hushed si­lence to elated cheer­ing when Elec­tions New Bruns­wick re­leased the fi­nal vote tally, as sup­port­ers helped Mit­ton cel­e­brate her win.

For more than 30 min­utes, Mit­ton and those around her tensely waited for the re­sults of a fi­nal spe­cial poll to come in, with the lo­cal Green Party can­di­date lead­ing by 11 votes at that point, as well.

“Wow, that was a stress­ful few hours,” Mit­ton said to rounds of ap­plause af­ter the lengthy wait.

Mit­ton said the win was largely the re­sult of hard work put in by her and her team on the cam­paign trail.

“We’ve been work­ing from dawn un­til dusk and driven all over the rid­ing knock­ing on doors and putting up signs. I couldn’t have done this without you.”

Mit­ton said they com­mit­ted to the cam­paign be­cause they be­lieve in a bet­ter way of do­ing things in the realm of pol­i­tics.

“We can im­prove our health­care sys­tem, make a dif­fer­ence in ed­u­ca­tion, we can ad­dress the cli­mate change chal­lenges we face and think about our chil­dren.”

She added she was look­ing for­ward to work­ing for all res­i­dents in the Mem­ram­cook-tantra­mar rid­ing.

“My door will be open to ev­ery con­stituent in this rid­ing no mat­ter how they voted, what lan­guage they speak.”

Mit­ton earned a to­tal of 3,148 votes in Mon­day night’s elec­tion, trailed closely by Lib­eral can­di­date Bernard Leblanc with 3,137 votes. Rep­re­sent­ing the PC party, Eti­enne Gaudet earned 1,518 votes, while NDP can­di­date Hélène Boudreau fin­ished with 410 votes.

A re­count takes place if a rid­ing is won by 25 votes or less, and, with such a slim mar­gin in Mem­ram­cook- Tantra­mar, LeBlanc said he isn’t ready to con­cede the race just yet.

He said he’ll wait for the re­count but added he’s not com­pletely sur­prised the race here was such a tight one; he knew the Greens were gain­ing ground, par­tic­u­larly through­out the last cou­ple weeks of the elec­tion.

“I knew it was go­ing to be much closer ( than the last elec­tion),” said Leblanc from the Mem­ram­cook Val­ley Golf Course, where he was watch­ing the re­sults with his sup­port­ers and mem­bers of his cam­paign team.

Hav­ing served as MLA for the for­mer Mem­ram­cookLakeville- Dieppe rid­ing for two terms be­fore be­ing elected as MLA for the new Mem­ram­cook-tantra­mar rid­ing in 2014, Leblanc said he is proud of his ac­com­plish­ments to date and had hoped to move for­ward with a num­ber of other projects for the area, some of which he had been mak­ing sig­nif­i­cant head­way on.

“I thought we had worked hard enough in the rid­ing to get the seat but it doesn’t seem that is the case,” he said.

Leblanc said he feels his team ran a good cam­paign but “ob­vi­ously peo­ple were look­ing for some­thing new” and cred­its the Green Party can­di­date for her well-run cam­paign.

The Mem­ram­cook-tantra­mar PC and NDP can­di­dates could not be reached for com­ment by press time.”

SCOTT DO­HERTY – SACKVILLE TRI­BUNE- POST

Mem­ram­cook-tantra­mar Green Party can­di­date Me­gan Mit­ton hugs her cam­paign man­ager Sabine Di­etz af­ter learn­ing she was elected as the rid­ing’s new MLA. Mit­ton won by a mere 11 votes.

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