Grits go with Omstead again
Federal party’s nominee in Chatham-KentLeamington finished close second in 2015
TILBURY — After a strong showing three years ago, the federal Liberal nominee for ChathamKent-Leamington will again carry the banner in 2019.
Katie Omstead was officially acclaimed during a nomination meeting at the Knights of Columbus Hall Thursday night.
Ssaying she was “humbled, honoured and grateful” for the second chance, she vowed to continue listening and learning from those in the riding.
“I will continue to be honest and I will continue to be frank,” she said.
In 2015, when Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberals won a majority government, Omstead finished with 19,351 votes, second to Conservative MP Dave Van Kesteren, who had 21,677 votes. New Democrat Tony Walsh had 9,549 votes.
Van Kesteren is not seeking re-election.
Omstead credited her team on the ground for making it a close race, but added there is still much work to do.
“The Liberal government is making real progress,” she said. “And together we can keep building a better future for ChathamKent-Leamington residents, for Canadian families.”
The 34-year-old elementary school teacher was born and raised in Chatham-Kent, and now lives with her husband and young daughter in Leamington.
She co-founded the grassroots organization Leamington Stands Strong, and dedicates time to such issues as poverty reduction, human rights, newcomer settlement and anti-human trafficking initiatives.
Omsteadsaidinhertimeinvarious communities, she has heard “messages of hope and messages of despair.”
After her speech Thursday, Omstead said some people are disillusioned with politics — particularly because of what they see in the U.S. — but added that residents still have concerns in the riding, citing jobs and erosion as examples.
Together we can keep building a better future for Chatham-KentLeamington residents, for Canadian families.” Katie Omstead, above,
Other priorities for her include health care, mental health services, seniors and veterans.
Omstead said although there has been progress at the national level, there needs to be change locally.
“In our community though, the time has come to elect a Liberal MP, so that we can have a seat at the table in Ottawa, so that we can have a strong voice to represent us,” she said. “I know the conditions for growth are right here in Chatham-Kent-Leamington.”
As for Van Kesteren not running again, Omstead admitted it will be a change this time around, but added she always focuses on her campaign and the people.
Leamington farmer Dave Epp won the Conservative nomination for the riding last month, while the NDP has yet to nominate a candidate. tter[email protected]media.com Twitter.com/DailyNewsTT
Katie Omstead was acclaimed as the federal Liberal candidate in Chatham-Kent-Leamington during a nomination meeting in Tilbury on Thursday. In 2015, she finished a close second to Conservative MP Dave Van Kesteren, who isn’t seeking re-election.