Published on March 05, 2013
Premier Darrell Dexter, centre, was in New Minas on Mar. 3 for the nomination sessions for Kings South MLA Ramona Jennex, left, and Kings North MLA Jim Morton. Both Jennex and Morton have received the nominations for their ridings again. – Jennifer Vardy Little, www.kingscountynews.ca
Published on April 03, 2013
Education Minister Ramona Jennex. FRED A. HATFIELD PHOTO
Published on January 28, 2011
Kings North MLA Jim Morton. K. Starratt
If a milking competition is any indication on how the provincial election will go, Jim Morton feels he has it in the bag.
Morton, the sitting MLA for Kings North, was competing in a goat milking competition with other candidates in the riding at the Sheffield Mills Harvest Fair at the time the writ was dropped. With his partner, Morton won the competition.
“Hopefully that’s a good sign,” he chuckled.
This marks the fourth time Morton will run in this riding – he lost twice prior to 2009 – and says his time as an MLA has given him greater insight and a record he’s proud to stand behind.
“I think I’m a more mature politician than I was before,” he said. “I’m very proud of the record we’ve created. I think we’ve helped to build a more solid foundation.”
Morton added that he feels “very positive” going into this campaign.
“I know I face a tough challenge – I know there’s a long history of voting for a certain party here in Kings North – but I’ve built relationships in the community I represent over the past four years and I hope the people I work for know I appreciate and understand them.”
Ramona Jennex is currently the only incumbent in Kings County to hold a ministerial post in the NDP government. She doesn’t believe that will be a hindrance at the polls.
“I see it as a strength to have been in cabinet,” she said. “Voters can see I’m not afraid to make difficult decisions.”
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Priorities for Jennex are ensuring Acadia is on strong footing, promoting the tourism and wine industries.
Since her election five years ago, Jennex has spent a few hours every week on the doorsteps. She believes staying in touch with her constituents needs to be a priority and wants them to know that she’s listening to them.
“I’m so present in my community and so many people know me. They know I’m going to work hard on their behalf,” she said.
“My plan is to go out, talk with folks, tell them that the NDP has a very good reputation and I’m working on their concerns and moving the province forward.”
Make no mistake, Jennex added, she’s determined to win her seat again.
“Nothing is easy, but make no mistake. I’m in this to make sure I win another mandate.”
A call to the potential NDP candidate in Kings West was not returned.
To date, no independents or Green candidates have announced intentions to run in any of the Kings County ridings.
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