Lohr only Tory elected in Val­ley

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“I thought we were do­ing good in the run-up but I have to tell you, I was ner­vous, ner­vous, ner­vous when the re­turns started com­ing in,” Lohr said.

He said his team of “ter­rific vol­un­teers” worked 14-hour days through­out the cam­paign.

Lohr said the other par­ties have de­voted vol­un­teers as well and it’s “very hum­bling” as a politi­cian to have peo­ple will­ing to work on your be­half – and that’s a key fac­tor. Politi­cians couldn’t win an elec­tion with­out them, he added.

Lohr said the cam­paign was hard work. He’s look­ing for­ward to hav­ing a cou­ple of days to recharge and catch his breath.

“It’s a huge relief to be re­elected and, like I said in my speech, I know that Geof Turner and (NDP can­di­date) Ted Cham­pion worked re­ally hard and I have a lot of re­spect for them as op­po­nents, so we weren’t tak­ing any­thing for granted,” Lohr said.

He’s look­ing for­ward to re­turn­ing to the Leg­is­la­ture. The Lib­er­als brought in their spring bud­get then im­me­di­ately called the elec­tion, so MLAs didn’t go through the process of scru­ti­niz­ing the bud­get. That still has to hap­pen, he pointed out.

Turner said he was “in it to win it” but still con­sid­ers it a suc­cess­ful cam­paign on sev­eral lev­els. He said it was won­der­ful to visit the var­i­ous com­mu­ni­ties in the rid­ing and to meet lo­cal cit­i­zens.

Turner said talk­ing to the peo­ple opened his eyes to the is­sues in Kings North to a greater ex­tent and he was pleased that all the can­di­dates ran clean cam­paigns.

“I think it was a won­der­ful ex­pe­ri­ence and I plan to run again next time,” Turner said.

As far as he’s con­cerned, work on the next cam­paign be­gins to­mor­row. Turner said he doesn’t feel that he was as well known as Lohr and it’s dif­fi­cult go­ing up against an in­cum­bent.

He said Pre­mier Stephen McNeil had a lot of tough de­ci­sions to make dur­ing the last term in of­fice. Teach­ers were “cer­tainly up­set” and this was one is­sue Lib­eral can­di­dates had to deal with.

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