Hop­ing to serve their district

Three can­di­dates dis­cuss their am­bi­tions

The Compass - - ORTHTE -

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.”

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