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.