Mike Maher

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• Party — NDP • Full name — Michael Joseph Maher • Age — 69 • Home­town — Fresh­wa­ter, Placentia • Re­sides — St. John’s • Ed­u­ca­tion — at­tended Holy Rosary high in Fresh­wa­ter, St. Bon­aven­ture’s Col­lege in St. John’s, and stud­ied ed­u­ca­tion for three years at Me­mo­rial Univer­sity. • Oc­cu­pa­tion — af­ter a five-year stint as a teacher, be­came an en­tre­pre­neur and owned sev­eral bars and restau­rants in St. John’s. Also has sev­eral other busi­ness ven­tures over the years. • Fam­ily — is from a fam­ily of nine chil­dren; di­vorced; fa­ther of two adult sons, both of whom live in Ari­zona. • Po­lit­i­cal back­ground — is mak­ing his fourth at­tempt at elected pol­i­tics. Ran for the Lib­er­als in the district of St. Mary’s against Tory Gerry Ot­ten­heimer in the 1971 elec­tion, los­ing by less than 40 votes; was the NDP can­di­date in Bay d’Es­poir dur­ing a a provin­cial elec­tion in the 1970s; ran for the NDP in the 1980s in a fed­eral elec­tion, los­ing to Con­ser­va­tive John Cros­bie in th district of St. John’s West. • No­table — has never lived in Har­bour Main, but de­scribes it as “one of the most beau­ti­ful districts in the prov­ince.”

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