NDP has can­di­date in Belle­vue

The Compass - - TRINITY SOUTH -

Gabe Ryan of St. Joseph’s, St. Mary’s Bay will carry the New Demo­cratic Party colours in Belle­vue district in the Oct. 11 pro­vin­cial gen­eral elec­tion.

The Trin­ity South com­mu­ni­ties of Blake­town, South Dildo, Old Shop, Broad Cove, Dildo and New Har­bour are in­cluded in that district.

Ryan says he’s look­ing for­ward to get­ting started on his cam­paign

“ I plan to hit the ground run­ning, and would like to hear from all con­stituents of Belle­vue on what they want from their fu­ture gov­ern­ment and MHA,” the NDP can­di­date said in a news re­lease.

A French Im­mer­sion teacher at Cres­cent Col­le­giate in Blake­town, Ryan has had a di­verse em­ploy­ment back­ground in­clud­ing fish plant worker, real es­tate sales­man, cler­i­cal worker with Rev­enue Canada and labourer.

He is ac­tively in­volved with the New­found­land and Labrador Teach­ers’ As­so­ci­a­tion, hav­ing served four years as branch pres­i­dent of the Up­per Trin­ity South branch. He has re­cently been re-elected to serve his third con­sec­u­tive two-year term on the NLTA’s pro­vin­cial ex­ec­u­tive coun­cil.

Ryan has vol­un­teered with var­i­ous com­mu­nity groups in­clud­ing the Vera Per­lin So­ci­ety, New­found­land and Labrador School for the Deaf and the Cit­i­zen’s Ad­vo­cacy Group.

The race

The NDP can­di­date will be run­ning against in­cum­bent Pro­gres­sive Con­ser­va­tive MHA Calvin Peach, who was nom­i­nated ear­lier by ac­cla­ma­tion. The Lib­er­als have not named a can­di­date.

In the Oc­to­ber 2007 pro­vin­cial gen­eral elec­tion, Peach gar­nered 2,908 votes, 769 more than Lib­eral can­di­date Denise Pike, who re­ceived 2,139 votes.

Some 155 vot­ers cast bal­lots for Ian Slade, the NDP can­di­date in Belle­vue in the last elec­tion.

Sixty eight per cent of Belle­vue’s 7,649 el­i­gi­ble vot­ers turned out at the polls in the last elec­tion.

Mean­while, John Riche of Mount Pearl has been nom­i­nated as the NDP can­di­date for the district of Mount Pearl South.

With four can­di­dates nom­i­nated for the Oc­to­ber elec­tion, NDP pro­vin­cial party pres­i­dent Dale Kirby said other nom­i­na­tions are ex­pected to be called in the com­ing weeks.

Kirby said the can­di­dates in Belle­vue and Mount Pearl South, “ bring a wealth of ex­pe­ri­ence and ex­per­tise and will be valu­able mem­bers of a very strong team of New Demo­cratic can­di­dates in Oc­to­ber.”

Look­ing for­ward to a “ very ex­cit­ing elec­tion this fall, Kirby stated: “ New Democrats are on the move, and I in­vite ev­ery­one to join us and par­tic­i­pate in the po­lit­i­cal sea change that is tak­ing place across New­found­land and Labrador.”

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