Jerome Ward to challenge Mitchelmore for Straits-White Bay North nomination
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Goose Cove’s Jerome Ward has officially announced he will challenge Christopher Mitchelmore for the Straits-White Bay Liberal nomination.
The Liberal nomination for the Straits-White Bay North has yet to be called, but Goose Cove’s Jerome Ward is wasting no time in making his intentions clear.
The special assistant to Liberal MP Gerry Byrne has officially announced that he will challenge Christopher Mitchelmore for the area’s Liberal nomination.
A lifelong Liberal, Ward is quick to assure that it’s not a slight against the current MHA.
“Two years ago I made a commitment to do this,” he said. “I had no knowledge, at the time, that Chris was going to cross the floor to the Liberals.
“I looked at the work I had put into the past two years, in talking with people, getting support, building a high on it knowing I wanted to do this. I just couldn’t walk away from it.”
Ward said he’s also a firm believer that people should have a choice when it comes to representation.
“It’s not about me and Chris, it’s about the people of this district having the choice to elect the best representation possible,” he said.
Having lived and worked his entire life in the district, Ward feels he’s up to the task.
Ward said he’s aware of the issues the Straits-White Bay North faces working for Gerry Byrne for the past 12 years.
He said the fishery and forestry are still two very important resources for the district. He also wants to see some stability within the area’s health care system.
“I want to bring a strong stable voice to the district,” Ward said.
He’s already done some preliminary campaigning and he’s impressed with the amount of support he’s received thus far. His campaign will ramp up once his papers are filed and finalized within the next few days.