It might be too soon to say for sure, but a former MLA isn’t closing the door to a possible future election campaign.
Ramona Jennex, who is now back teaching at Coldbrook Elementary, said her contract as a member of the Nova Scotia Teachers Union allowed her to take a leave from teaching when she was elected. After finishing her term in government, she could go back to teaching.
“I’m very glad to be back to school, I’m enjoying it,” the former education minister said, adding that seeing the big smiles on the children’s faces is a great way to start her morning. “I’m just as excited as they are.”
Although the transition has taken a while and people still talk with her about politics wherever she goes, she said her focus is now 100 per cent on the children and curriculum.
“A lot of people ask me if I’ll run again,” Jennex said. “I can’t say where I’ll be in four or five years, but I’m not closing any doors.”
Jennex is filling in for a Primary teacher for the remainder of the school year. Next year, Jennex will be back in her old Grade 1 position at Coldbrook.
Jennex said it has been an interesting transition, as she has been “detangling” herself from many people and projects she was involved with as MLA. There was a lot of work to close out following the election and she’s still receiving calls about MLA issues - including lots of calls about snow removal during recent winter storms.
“It was difficult to tell people I couldn’t act on their behalf anymore.”
However, she remains active in the constituency association and keeps her eyes on politics.
“You’re never going to take politics away from me,” she said. “I’ll be as active in politics as I always have been.”