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A re-elected Hants West MLA Chuck Porter gets a hug from a supporter during a gathering the local Progressive Conservatives hosted at the Royal Canadian Legion in Windsor on election night.
While the trend across the province seemed to be voting for change, the people of Hants West chose to return their MLA to the House of Assembly for a third time.
And he couldn’t be more thrilled.
There was no shortage of congratulatory hugs and handshakes for Hants West MLA Chuck Porter as he celebrated his win at the Royal Canadian Legion in Windsor as the polling results were announced Oct. 8.
Porter received 4,468 votes while his closest contender, Liberal candidate Claude O’Hara, garnered 3,279. NDP candidate Brian Stephens had 886 votes and 169 ballots were cast in favour of the Green Party’s Torin Buzek.
According to Elections Nova Scotia, voter turnout was 60 per cent in Hants West.
Porter, a Progressive Conservative, says it’s hard work that’s kept him at the job for seven years, and it’s hard work that’s earned him another term.
“We’re going to keep working hard just like I’ve been doing all along. We’ve got a lot to do; times are still tough. It doesn’t matter who’s in government, we need to make sure that we’re focused on jobs, the economy, health care and education,” he said in an interview.
Porter said he has several ideas for new legislation in mind, but stressed that his focus will always remain at the local level.
“Hants West is my constituency — that is always No. 1 and will always be in my heart No. 1.”
Porter promised to continue to push for a satellite dialysis unit in the Hants Community Hospital in Windsor.
“We’ve got a place for it. I want it here and I will never give up that fight.”
The Windsor resident said he is happy to be a member of the official opposition, and ready for whatever roles he may assume as the government changes.
“I want to thank each and every one of the great people in Hants West that supported me.”