Hussey plays up her youth­ful­ness

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The district has tra­di­tion­ally been a Lib­eral strong­hold, with ei­ther John Ef­ford or Roland But­ler hold­ing the reins of power since 1985.

Lun­dri­gan called both “gi­ants on the lo­cal po­lit­i­cal land­scape, an in­sti­tu­tion in and of them­selves.”

How­ever, Lun­dri­gan added that with the dawn­ing of a new era — But­ler is not seek­ing re-elec­tion — peo­ple be­lieve Lit­tle­john will rep­re­sent them well. Lit­tle­john is “ar­tic­u­late, bright, ca­pa­ble, well-ed­u­cated, with a lot of ex­pe­ri­ence mu­nic­i­pally and oth­er­wise.”

Lit­tle­john un­suc­cess­fully ran for the To­ries in the 2007 elec­tion, and said he “ learned some les­sons from the last time.”

His cur­rent chal­lenge is to bring for­ward those les­sons about prepa­ra­tion time and voter iden­ti­fi­ca­tion.

“Hope­fully, that will give us vic­tory on Oct. 11,” he stated.

Winds of change

Betty Moore said, “ Re­gard­less of the out­come of the nom­i­na­tion meet­ing, I still wish to see our area change.”

It’s not an un­heard of idea, she added, since PCs Ge­orge Wil­son and Randy Collins won the seat in 1972 and 1979, re­spec­tively.

“ I’m look­ing to Glenn to bring us there

again,” Moore said.

Youth­ful can­di­date

Lit­tle­john will face Lib­eral can­di­date and Shearstown res­i­dent Leanne Hussey. The 28year-old se­cured her party’s nom­i­na­tion in May.

“It’s go­ing to be a chal­lenge,” she ad­mit­ted, at the same time ap­peal­ing to her youth­ful­ness: “ I can bring new ideas and per­spec­tive on things.”

As for Lit­tle­john’s im­me­di­ate plans, he’s al­ready taken a leave of ab­sence from his job as recre­ation and sport con­sul­tant with the pro­vin­cial Depart­ment of Tourism, Cul­ture and Recre­ation. How­ever, up to late last week, he had not made a de­ci­sion about his po­si­tion as Bay Roberts mayor.

Lit­tle­john ac­knowl­edged, “ We’ve got a long road be­tween now and Oc­to­ber,” and de­scribed Hussey as a “ wor­thy op­po­nent.”

But he’s con­vinced “ we are the best al­ter­na­tive.”

Lit­tle­john is chaf­ing at the bit. How­ever, “it’s never been about Glenn Lit­tle­john,” he stated. “ It’s about the team you build and the work they put in.”

Lun­dri­gan per­ceives an “ ir­re­versible groundswell of sup­port,” and his eyes are set

Leanne Hussey is the Lib­eral can­di­date for the district of Port de Grave.

on what he called “ul­ti­mate hope­ful ju­bi­la­tion at the end,” the in­stal­la­tion of a “no-non­sense gov­ern­ment,” with the “solid mantra of ‘ no more give­aways,’ “ one of for­mer pre­mier Danny Wil­liams’ pet phrases.

Lit­tle­john is sim­ply look­ing for­ward to lis­ten­ing to peo­ple’s con­cerns.

“ You got to live your dream some­times,” Lit­tle­john said.

Ob­vi­ously, he’s awak­ened from one of his own.

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