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.