From Jerome to Jack?

For­mer as­sis­tant to Jerome Kennedy will carry PC ban­ner in up­com­ing by­elec­tion

The Compass - - FRONT PAGE - BYMELISSA JENK­INS

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.

Jack Har­ring­ton

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