The votes have been tallied and MHA Christopher Mitchelmore will be the Liberal nominee when the next provincial election is called.
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Straits-White Bay North MHA Christopher Mitchelmore has claimed the area Liberal nomination for the next provincial election.
Through polling stations across the district of Straits-White Bay North 1,550 votes were cast. Mitchelmore took 1,127 votes to challenger Jerome Ward’s 423.
Ward, 260 – Mitchelmore, 200.
Mitchelmore, 54 – Ward, 34
Mitchelmore, 58 – Ward, 10
Mitchelmore, 577 – Ward, 28
Mitchelmore, 68 – Ward,12
Mitchelmore, 16 – Ward, 15
Ward, 29 – Mitchelmore, 19
Mitchelmore, 75 – Ward, 32
Mitchelmore, 60 – Ward, 3
Claiming 73 per cent of the popular vote, Mitchelmore is more than elated with the outcome, stating the whole process was a great way to reexamine the issues.
“I made a number of telephone calls, and people did raise their key issues with me, so I was able to take note in communities and areas as to what their priorities are,” he said. “I’ll continue the work I’ve done since 2011. I really look forward to all the issues that need to be raised and the work ahead.”
Mitchelmore passed along his thanks to those who took the time to get out and vote, and helped with his campaign.
Mitchelmore also passed along his best to Ward.
“I certainly wish Mr. Ward well in returning to serve the constituents of Humber-St. Barbe-Baie Verte in his role as special assistant to MP Gerry Byrne.
Mitchelmore noted that a number of people tried to cast their ballot yesterday, but due to confusion with the signup process, not being contacted or misreported information, were unable to.
Adding he’s heard that more than 150 people wanted to vote but was turned away.
“I certainly want to apologize on behalf of my team and myself and the party, for anybody that wanted to vote but couldn’t,” he said. “We need to look at seeing if there’s something we can do to improve the process. But it’s not like a general election, when you are looking at the party nomination, people did have to be signed up.”