PC nominee storms to victory
Bay Roberts mayor wins Port de Grave district
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.
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.”