Liberal Margaret Miller defeated NDP incumbent John MacDonnell for the Hants East riding Oct. 8, 2013. (Submitted photo)
The majority of voters in East Hants cast their ballots in favour of change Oct. 8.
Liberal candidate Margaret Miller was elected as the new MLA for Hant East, putting an end to NDPer John MacDonell’s 15-year tenure in the position.
Miller earned 4,438 votes in the contest, MacDonell collected 3,406 and PC candidate Kim Williams received 1,677. Elections Nova Scotia reported that voter turnout in Hants East was nearly 54 per cent.
In a phone interview following the vote, Miller said she is happy to have the opportunity to make good on the promises she made the people of Hants East during the campaign and “help them in any way possible.”
Among other things, she said she will be raising the idea of a bypass to address traffic congestion in the Lantz area, she’ll be pushing for more supports for farmers and more money for local schools, and she’ll encourage the provincial government to explore new possibilities for tourism in the East Hants area.
“I think that we’re on the brink of a new time in politics and the economy in Nova Scotia. I think it’s going to be about making Nova Scotia stronger and making this the kind of province that it should be,” she said.
She believes the MLAs belonging to the newly elected Liberal majority are capable of tackling the issues plaguing Nova Scotia.
“I think we’re bringing a broad range of people to government with a broad range of experiences and that’s only going to benefit the whole province.”
Miller, a former president of MADD Canada, says she reassured the 13,000 to 15,000 people she visited while campaigning that she would do her best to solve their problems, and she meant what she said.
She believes that, and a lot of hard work from the volunteers supporting her campaign, has earned her a seat in the House of Assembly.
“Nobody wins anything like this with one person. This takes a team effort and we’ve had a great team working on this campaign.”