Hoping to serve their district
Three candidates discuss their ambitions
Using social media
In contrast, Snow is going all-out in his use of social media.
“ I know that world quite well,” said Snow, who has held several executive level positions in both the private and public sectors.
He’s purchasing a “ moderate” amount of signs, and is circulating campaign literature to every household in the district.
“ I’m prepared to lose the sign war,” Snow said, calling them a “ waste of money.”
Snow is self-financing his campaign, and is working hard to connect with voters and present himself as a viable alternative.
“ People don’t know who Barry Snow is. Totally admitted.”
At age 49, Snow said he still has “ lots of gas in the tank,” and suggested the district would be better served if it were represented by an opposition MHA, one not saddled with the added duties of being a cab- inet minister.
“ People are saying they need somebody with leadership experience from a district perspective to work with them on advocating and advancing initiatives and projects,” he said.
Voters will decide
For her part, Johnson is confident about her re-election chances, but offers the obligatory “I’m not taking anything for granted” comment.
She’s proud of her record, especially the $ 21 million in road and bridge infrastructure invested in the district during her tenure.
A major focus of her effort at the district level has been recreation and heritage, and she points to the Winterton Boatbuilding Museum and the Bay de Verde Heritage Premises as two success stories. She’s also proud of the support she’s been able to offer groups like the Cavendish 50-plus club.
She said the government has made great strides in helping the four fish processing companies in the district diversify their operations, and sees opportunities for even greater co-operation in the future.
“ There wouldn’t be a Trinity-Bay de Verde without them,” she noted.
Though it’s her third campaign, Johnson has an extra supporter this time around — her two-and-a-halfyear-old daughter Jorga. Starting a family has caused her to change her priorities in life, but her commitment to the job remains the same.
“ I love the work I do. I love the people. I don’t work for them. I work with them,” said Johnson, 35.
Johnson said the voters will get a chance to decide whether the district has been ignored.
“I’d love to make a career of this. But that’s up to the voters. I have every intention of continuing to work to the best of my ability for the people of the district, so I hope to be around for a long time yet.”