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Ramona Jennex and campaign manager Craig Ashbourne were concentrating on thanking their campaign volunteers after the NDP incumbent's defeat Oct. 8.
Surrounded by some faithful volunteers at the Wolfville Curling Club, Kings South incumbent Ramona Jennex hadn’t looked at any of the numbers yet, either locally or provincially.
Instead, the unseated education minister said she focused on spending time with her campaign volunteers and family as the election results came in.
“I wanted to spend time with this incredible team,” Jennex said.
Jennex was gracious in her defeat by Liberal Keith Irving, who defeated her by 371 votes. The unofficial results had Irving with 3,939 votes, Jennex in second with 3,568 and PC Shane Buchan in third with 2,278. Green Sheila Richardson had 251 votes.
“The people of Kings South have made a decision and I honour their decision,” said Jennex, who said she has worked hard for the people of Kings South, citing her efforts to clean up the “infrastructure deficit” in the riding as just one example of the work that she’s proud of completing. “I would’ve liked to continue on with my work. Our government laid a solid foundation for Nova Scotia.”
The NDP party went from holding 31 seats at the dissolution of government last month to just seven seats.
“I need to take the time to think about this, we need to analyze what happened (provincially),” he said. “This is not the end for the NDP, we are going to be sure the NDP is going to be there for Nova Scotia.”
Jennex had not been able to reach Irving at that point, which she termed “unfortunate,” adding that, “I wanted to congratulate him personally.”
Jennex had nothing but praise for the three other candidates vying for the seat, saying that everyone had been “very respectful” in bringing forward their platforms and ideas.