John Lohr and his wife Heather in a celebratory mood.
By John DeCoste
John Lohr has returned Kings North to the Tories, prevailing in a close race over NDP incumbent Jim Morton and Liberal Stephen Pearl.
With all 48 polls reporting, Lohr finished with an unofficial count of 2,909 (32.9 per cent), 37 votes ahead of Morton’s 2,872 (32.0 per cent). Pearl ran a strong third at 2,784 (31.0 per cent). Green Party candidate Mary Lou Harley polled 362 votes.
“I’m surprised at how close it was, and especially that it ended up being a three-way race,” Lohr said at his victory party at the Kentville Legion.
He admitted, “I felt it would be close between Jim and I, but I didn’t think Stephen would do as well as he did.”
Each of the top three candidates led the polls at one point in the evening. “At one point, we were running third,” Lohr said. “Then we started to come back up, and we finished strong.”
Lohr stressed, “I’m honoured to have won, and I’ll do my best to serve the residents of Kings North to the best of my ability.” He added, “I’d like to thank my fellow candidates for running a great campaign.”
Lohr said he was “looking forward to working with Jamie Baillie. I respect him a lot. I’m also very pleased to be part of the official opposition.”
Lohr stressed, “I’d like to thank my family, and especially my wife Heather, for all their support, and all the sacrifices they’ve made for me. I probably wouldn’t have run if my two eldest sons weren’t as interested as they are in helping run the farm.”