“For us, getting out to meet and talk to as many people as possible is key,” says Liberal Stephen Pearl.
Education, health care, the economy and concern about the aging population are all issues he’s heard while on the doorsteps of Kings North.
Voters, he added, were also anxious for the writ to be dropped.
“There’s a sense, with all this election speculation, that let’s just get it done and move on,” he said. “It seems like we’ve been in an election mode for a long time and they want to get on with it.”
With the Liberals ahead in the polls, Pearl is hopeful the party will do well, but he’s not about to slow down.
“Numbers can mean anything,” he said. “I’m going to work as hard as I can and get people out to vote.”
In Kings North, he says, there’s a “very traditional way” of voting, but he’s hoping people will look at each party’s platform. He also hopes voter turnout numbers will be up this time around.
“We’re encouraging people to come out and vote,” he adds. “The voter turnout in the last election wasn’t high, so we’re hoping for more this time.”
Keith Irving in Kings South isn’t entirely new to campaigning. He served on Wolfville council for four years before losing the mayoral race last October, and prior to that, he also served on municipal council in Iqaluit for three years.
“I’m ready to take the next step,” he said.
However, he admits that provincial politics is a different kettle of fish entirely.
“It’s a little more complex. Municipally, people vote for the individual. Provincially, voters factor in things like party leaders and allegiance to a particular party – although that’s less of an issue than in days gone by – so the conversations at the door are more complex,” he said.
Since mid-May, Irving has been knocking on doors in his riding and has visited about half the homes in the riding. He believes power rates and the local economy are topics will be at the forefront during this campaign. Integrity of politicians, as well, is another topic that’s brought up frequently, he says.
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“It helps that the things I’m hearing at the door are things that are confirming the poll numbers to me,” he added. “People know Stephen McNeil a lot more now than four years ago.”
Liberal Leo Glavine has held the Kings West seat for the past three elections. The former educator plans to lend his campaign experience to the other Liberal candidates in Kings County, who are newcomers on the provincial politics scene, over the next month.
Glavine said he just began campaigning Sept. 7, adding that his “very busy constituency office” had kept him from getting on the doorsteps earlier.
Glavine says he feels confident going into this election, given the positive poll numbers and that Nova Scotians have had four years to get to know Liberal leader Stephen McNeil, who is from neighbouring Annapolis County.
“We have a great chance to form government this time,” Glavine said, adding that the Liberals are focusing on winning right across the province, not a few key seats.
In terms of his own seat, Glavine said elections are the time when constituents judge their MLA based on what he or she has done over their term in office.
“I certainly am pleased, very definitely, with my record,” he said. “When you’re the incumbent, your work and your record are on the line and I do feel very positive about that.”
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