NDP has candidate in Bellevue
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 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.”