Three in running for Charlotte-Campobello riding Liberal nomination - Oct. 09, 2013
Three men – John Ames, Eric deJong and Wayne Wamboldt - have offered to carry the Liberal banner for the riding of Charlotte-Campobello into the 2014 provincial election.
On Oct. 26, the Charlotte-Campobello Liberal Association will choose one of them to do so.
Nominations closed at 10 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 6.
Association president and convention organizer Margaret Colborne said no nominations will be accepted from the floor of the convention which gets underway at St. Stephen Middle School with doors opening to delegates at 10 a.m. Registration concludes at 1:30 p.m. and the voting process will begin at 2 p.m.
New Brunswick Liberal leader Brian Gallant will be the guest speaker.
“These are exciting times,” said Colborne. She said she has no idea how long the voting process will take and wasn’t predicting the outcome.
“All three are good contestants. Whoever brings the most supporters to the convention will win.”
The nominating convention in St. Stephen is the first in the province geared toward Election 2014. Kent South will hold its convention Oct. 27.
St. Stephen town councillor Mike Booth confirmed Monday he will not seek the Liberal nomination for the riding.
There had been much speculation that Booth, a former research and policy development officer at the New Brunswick Legislature, might throw his hat into the nomination ring with those of St. Stephen’s Deputy Mayor Ames, and local businessmen deJong and Wamboldt.
Booth said he wished the three candidates the best of luck and his message to all is no matter who wins the nomination, “do not forget the little guy.”
“My advice to the victor is never forget who elected you or why.”
Booth said he has too many unresolved irons in various business fires at this time to entertain offering at a fall nominating convention, but said if the convention had been held next spring, he might have be in the running.
“I regret that I could not resolve some personal issues in time for an October or early November vote as I would have enjoyed an opportunity to shake Fredericton up a little and address some of the issues I wrote about concerning the health of the Canadian retail industry and more,” Booth wrote in an email to The Saint Croix Courier.
“I wish the best to whoever wins the nomination and success in tackling the issues of the day. New Brunswick is in a tough situation and I feel the next government has to bat over 500 to put us back on track. Hopefully everyone will get tuned in and exercise their right to vote and choose their next government.”