Half-dozen seek­ing nom­i­na­tion nod

Plenty of in­ter­est for PCS in Port de Grave district


Sup­port­ers of the gov­ern­ing Pro­gres­sive Con­ser­va­tives in the Port de Grave district will have plenty to choose from this week when they vote to se­lect who will be on the bal­lot for the party in this fall’s pro­vin­cial gen­eral elec­tion.

A to­tal of six peo­ple will vie for the right to carry the PC banner in what is shap­ing up to be the most spir­ited and hotly con­tested nom­i­na­tion battle seen so far in the prov­ince this year.

Vot­ing will take place on Wed­nes­day, July 13 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the fol­low­ing lo­ca­tions: St. Andrew’s Hall, Up­per Is­land Cove; Search and Res­cue Build­ing, Bay Roberts; Clarke’s Beach town hall; and St. Luke’s Hall, Port de Grave.

Res­i­dents of the district who are 18-and-over by the date of the nom­i­na­tion vote are el­i­gi­ble to cast a bal­lot, and must pro­vide suf­fi­cient iden­ti­fi­ca­tion.

At the close of nom­i­na­tions on Thurs­day, July 7, the fol­low­ing peo­ple, listed in al­pha­bet­i­cal or­der, had filed nom­i­na­tion pa­pers:


Decker is the for­mer mayor of South River, and a cur­rent res­i­dent of Clarke’s Beach.


Drover is an Up­per Is­land Cove na­tive and for­mer mem­ber of the Cana­dian Forces. Drover made head­lines last week fol­low­ing an in­ci­dent with po­lice in Par­adise. He faces sev­eral charges, in­clud­ing as­sault­ing a po­lice of­fi­cer.


Lit­tle­john is the mayor of the Town of Bay Roberts and un­suc­cess­fully ran for the Tories in the 2007 pro­vin­cial elec­tion.


Moore is the mayor of the Town of Clarke’s Beach, a po­si­tion she has held for the past decade.


Pet­ten is the cur­rent mayor of the Town of South River, which is lo­cated in the nearby district of Har­bour Main. Pet­ten was a sur­prise en­try in the race, de­cid­ing at the last minute to seek the nom­i­na­tion.


Tay­lor is a re­tired school ad­min­is­tra­tor, chair of the Lo­cal Ser­vice District of Makin­sons, and once ac­tively sup­ported the pro­vin­cial Lib­eral party be­fore shift­ing his al­le­giance to the PCs.

The pres­i­dent of the PC as­so­ci­a­tion in Port de Grave, Robert Lun­dri­gan, said he was de­lighted at the amount of in­ter­est in the nom­i­na­tion.

“I think it’s great for the district, great for the party, and it shows con­fi­dence in the cur­rent cau­cus and lead­er­ship,” he said.

“ We have a lot to of­fer as a party, both provin­cially and lo­cally, and that’s shown by the high num­ber of can­di­dates. And we have ev­ery in­di­ca­tion that no mat­ter who wins the nom­i­na­tion, there will be great sup­port for the can­di­date go­ing for­ward.”

Up to late last week, the Tories had 35 of their 48 can­di­dates in place. Of those, only three were con­tested nom­i­na­tions, with be­tween two and three can­di­dates seek­ing the nom­i­na­tion.

The Lib­er­als se­lected their can­di­date dur­ing a nom­i­na­tion vote in May, with Shearstown res­i­dent Leanne Hussey hop­ing to suc­ceed re­tir­ing Lib­eral MHA Roland But­ler as the area’s rep­re­sen­ta­tive in the House of Assem­bly.

The district has tra­di­tion­ally been a Lib­eral strong­hold.

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