Snow takes Lib­eral nom­i­na­tion by one vote


The race to be­come the Lib­eral party’s can­di­date in Trin­ity-Bay de Verde hit a bump last week when the re­sults were deemed “to close to call.”

Af­ter a re­count on Fri­day, July 29, Barry Snow of Ochre Pit Cove emerged the win­ner by a slim mar­gin of one vote.

Judy Mor­row, pres­i­dent of the pro­vin­cial Lib­eral party, says that she has never seen a nom­i­na­tion con­test so close in her time on the board, but says it is not un­heard of.

“It’s not a com­mon thing to hap­pen,” she says, “ but we’ve even had elec­tion re­sults that close.”

“ That’s pol­i­tics,” she adds. “ That’s what makes it so in­ter­est­ing.”

Snow took the nom­i­na­tion with 147 votes while Norm Snel­grove of Old Per­li­can gar­nered 146. Nei­ther can­di­date re­quested an ap­peal and the re­sults are fi­nal.

Snow says win­ning such a slim

Barry Snow is the Lib­eral can­di­date for Trin­ity-Bay de Verde.

vic­tory was a “ hum­bling les­son.”

“It teaches you the value of vot­ers - ev­ery sin­gle one is im­por­tant,” he says.

Snow is a new­comer to elected pol­i­tics, but has pre­vi­ously worked for the pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment on a num­ber of in­ter­na­tional busi­ness ini­tia­tives

Mor­row says voter turn out was good, es­pe­cially tak­ing into ac­count the sum­mer hol­i­days, and the district’s more scat­tered pop­u­la­tion.

Snow rec­og­nizes nom­i­na­tion bat­tles are more about per­son­al­ity and get­ting peo­ple to the polls than ide­ol­ogy. He plans on tak­ing a brief respite from cam­paign­ing in or­der to learn more about the is­sues and “ lis­ten to the folks” be­fore build­ing an of­fi­cial plat­form for the pro­vin­cial elec­tion.

The Lib­eral can­di­date says the plat­form will in­clude a fo­cus on ru­ral eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment and in­fra­struc­ture in the area. He says Trin­ity-Bay de Verde has “not been as pos­i­tively af­fected by the oil boom” as other parts of the prov­ince, and he plans to fo­cus on eco­nomic ini­tia­tives that will ben­e­fit se­niors and fam­i­lies.

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