From Jerome to Jack?
Former assistant to Jerome Kennedy will carry PC banner in upcoming byelection
The man who worked as a constituency assistant for former Carbonear-Harbour Grace MHA Jerome Kennedy is now hoping to fill his seat in the Progressive Conservative government.
Jack W. Harrington was confirmed on Thursday as the party’s nominee for the upcoming byelection in the district. He was the only prospective candidate to step forward.
During an interview on Thursday, Harrington said he would like to continue the positive work of his predecessor, who resigned from politics earlier this month.
“( Jerome) brought a lot of infrastructure to the whole district and there’s still work to be done,” Harrington said. “I would like to be there to carry on and make sure the work is completed.”
Harrington is well-known in the region, having previously worked as a school psychologist and program specialist with the former Eastern School District.
He is a native of Carbonear, and resides in Spaniard’s Bay.
During a time when Premier Kathy Dunderdale and the PC party have lost support across the province, Harrington stands behind the party, saying, “I’m quite confident in the next two years you will see a change of attitude around the province.”
He also said he is a strong supporter of Dunderdale, saying she is a “good leader who stands on her con- victions.”
When asked about his support for the controversial Muskrat Falls hydroelectric project, Harrington said he is very familiar with the project, calling it a “great resource.”
“If we sit on Muskrat Falls right now, it will be more expensive and harder to develop later on,” he said.
“I am looking forward to the opportunity to offer myself in the district. I have gained a lot of experience working close with local municipalities and service districts.”
A date for the byelection has not yet been set, but it’s shaping up to be an interesting contest.
The Liberal Party will select its candidate in the coming days, with Carbonear Mayor Sam Slade and Jamie Korab, an Olympic gold medal winner in curling and real estate agent, vying for the nomination. Korab resides in the St. John’s area, but is originally from Harbour Grace.