Candidates in place
Local nominations settled for Liberals, PCs
Last week was a busy one politically in the Trinity-Conception-Placentia region.
Three nomination votes took place between Wednesday and Thursday, leaving Sherry Gambin-Walsh and Judy Manning in the position to battle it out for the Liberals and Progressive Conservatives, respectively, in Placentia-St. Mary’s. In Carbonear-Trinity-Bay de Verde, current Liberal MHA Steve Crocker managed to secure the nomination.
The Liberals have been quick to begin securing nomination bids since new electoral district boundaries were finalized earlier this year, with 26 candidates now in place. But few races have been as anticipated as the Car- bonear-Trinity-Bay de Verde nomination.
Trinity-Bay de Verde MHA Crocker duked it out with Carbonear-Harbour Grace MHA Sam Slade. With over 4,000 votes cast in the new district, some 500 votes were enough to keep Slade’s name off the ballot for November.
“I am excited,” Crocker told The Compass just after he was notified of the win. “It’s been a tough campaign when you’re campaigning with someone who is your colleague and your friend.”
For Crocker, it has been 11 months in “campaign mode” he explained.
He was notified on his birthday last year (Aug. 29) that former Trinity-Bay de Verde MHA Charlene Johnson was resigning. After earning the Liberal nomination, he went on to win the byelection last November.
Exactly 11 months after he learned of Johnson’s decision to resign, Crocker secured the nomination for his new district, which stretches from Whiteway to Bay de Verde and south to Bristol’s Hope.
A turnout of 4,000 for a singleparty nomination vote is rare. In comparison, the Trinity-Bay de Verde byelection last November saw some 4,700 people turned out to vote for all three parties.
Less than 1,000 people turned out to vote in the PC nomination for Placentia-St. Mary’s. Judy Manning, the former unelected justice minister and attorney general, secured the nomination with just over 600 votes. Her competitor, Colin Corcoran, earned 361.
Premier Paul Davis removed Manning from cabinet earlier this year, citing the need to be fiscally responsible at a time when the province was facing a substantial budget deficit. In a recent interview with The Compass, Manning said she always intended to follow through on her promise to run in PlacentiaSt. Mary’s and ultimately respected the premier’s decision to do what he felt was necessary.
Manning will face off against Liberal Gambin-Walsh, who defeated Larry Foley and Gabe Ryan last Thursday. Poll totals were not made readily available. Gambin-Walsh was born and raised in Placentia and is the executive director of the Newfoundland and Labrador Association for Community Living. She previously won the nomination last fall.
The Placentia-St. Mary’s district will take in as far north as Green’s Harbour in Trinity Bay and as far south as St. Vincent’sSt. Stephen’s-Peter’s River in St. Mary’s Bay and as far west as St. Bride’s in Placentia Bay.
After the restructuring of district boundaries earlier this year that saw 48 provincial jurisdictions reduced to 40, new candidates were required for the upcoming provincial election.