Hussey plays up her youthfulness
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.
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.