PC nom­i­nee storms to vic­tory

Bay Roberts mayor wins Port de Grave district

The Compass - - FRONT PAGE - BY BUR­TON K. JANES

Six peo­ple vied for the right to carry the Pro­gres­sive Con­ser­va­tive banner in the Port de Grave district in thi s f a l l ’s pro­vin­cial gen­eral elec­tion, but none of them came close to Bay Roberts res­i­dent Glenn Lit­tle­john, who stormed to vic­tory with more than 50 per cent of the bal­lots cast in a nom­i­na­tion vote on Wed­nes­day, July 13.

“ I’m try­ing to take it all in,” Lit­tle­john told The Com­pass. “ I didn’t think we were go­ing to win with such a big vic­tory.”

But the num­bers don’t lie. Lit­tle­john, who is the mayor of the Town of Bay Roberts, polled 810 of the 1,616 votes cast.

Robert Lun­dri­gan, pres­i­dent of the district’s PC as­so­ci­a­tion, said the num­ber of votes would be a “de­cent show­ing in a gen­eral elec­tion, let alone in a nom­i­na­tion meet­ing.”

The rest of the votes were shared among the fol­low­ing peo­ple: Betty Moore, 266; Ju­nior Tay­lor, 238; Dale Decker, 235; Arthur Pet­ten, 50; and Gary Drover, 15.

Feel­ing ec­static

Lun­driga n w a s “ fe e ling ec­static” in the wake of the out­come, say­ing “ we’ve had a long his­tory of be­ing on the out­side, look­ing in.

“ Last night was very in­dica­tive of the mo­men­tum that’s build­ing,” he noted.

Lit­tle­john agreed his re­sound­ing vic­tory re­flected some­thing deeper: “ peo­ple are wil ling and open-minded to ac­cept a change in direc­tion.”

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