Lohr only Tory elected in Valley
“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.