Hamilton Mountain councillor Scott Duvall seeks federal nomination

News Jan 05, 2015 Hamilton Mountain News

By Kevin Werner, News Staff

A former steelworker who was recently elected to his third term as the Ward 7 councillor by a wide margin, Scott Duvall announced Jan. 5 during a news conference at Sackville Hill Senior Centre he will seek the Hamilton Mountain federal NDP nomination.

“We can’t afford another four years of (Prime Minister) Stephen Harper,” said Duvall.

The 58-year-old married father of three girls and two grandchildren, Duvall said he thought about running for federal office after NDP MP Chris Charlton announced early last month she wasn’t seeking re-election. Duvall said since Charlton's announcement came after the municipal campaign  he had to take some time to think about if he would seek the nomination, including talking it over with his family, before making his announcement.

Duvall, who was first elected to Hamilton council in 2006, will continue to represent Ward 7 residents on city council. Even if he wins the nomination, Duvall said he may take a leave of absence from his council duties to campaign. But it depends upon when the federal Conservatives call an election. According to the 2007 legislation the federal election is scheduled for Oct. 19, 2015, the third Monday of the month.

He cited other local politicians, including Mountain councillor Tom Jackson and former Dundas councillor Russ Powers who ran for federal election while still a city councillor. Both took some time off from their duties while running in the federal election.

Duvall in the 2014 municipal election last October was overwhelming re-elected by about 8,700 votes. Duvall said the same people who voted for him last year, have been encouraging him to seek the federal nomination.

“I feel I have the experience to represent the people ofHamilton,” said Duvall. “I have shown I can deliver to the people of Hamilton.”

Duvall said he supports the creation of a national child care program, and will protect retirees’ pensions.

Charlton in a Twitter post Jan. 5, praised Ward 4 councillor Sam Merulla for “living up to his (municipal election) commitment.

When asked about the comment, Duvall dismissed the statement as a knock against his decision to seek federal office while still a city councillor.

Merulla, who had considered seeking the nomination, said he will remain a city councillor.

“My heart is still in east Hamilton,” said Merulla. “All the best to the other candidates.”

Charlton has been in the past supportive of current Hamilton Mountain federal NDP riding association president Bryan Adamczyk, who could also challenge for the nomination.

Duvall, who had a number of former steelworkers and politicians in attendance, said it won’t matter if two former steelworkers clash over the nomination.

“That happens in a democratic process,” said Duvall.

Hamilton Mountain NDP MPP Monique Taylor, who defeated Adamczyk during the provincial nomination meeting in 2011, said the mountain would be better served with Duvall as the next MP.

“It’s really exciting for the riding,” said Taylor, who worked with Duvall as his assistant at the city. “Scott can do it at the next level.”

Hamilton East-Stoney Creek NDP MPP Paul Miller, a former steelworker, said he was attending the announcement as an “observer” in the contest.

“I’m not getting in the middle of this,” he said.

Tony DePaulo, a former federal NDP MP candidate, but now an assistant to the manager of the United Steelworkers Local District 6, said he was in attendance in support of his friend Duvall.

“I’m a die-hard NDP supporter,” said DePaulo. “We need to keep the riding NDP.”

Also in attendance was Anthony Marco, recently elected president of the Hamilton and District Labour Council

While the NDP has yet to schedule a nominating meeting, the Hamilton Mountain federal Conservative riding association is close to selecting its candidate in a meeting later this month, says president Rob Cooper. The federal Hamilton Mountain Liberals will also be holding a nomination meeting in the early part of 2015. So far, two candidates have been green-lighted by party officials: Shaun Burt, and nurse Jan Park Dorsay.

 

Hamilton Mountain councillor Scott Duvall seeks federal nomination

News Jan 05, 2015 Hamilton Mountain News

By Kevin Werner, News Staff

A former steelworker who was recently elected to his third term as the Ward 7 councillor by a wide margin, Scott Duvall announced Jan. 5 during a news conference at Sackville Hill Senior Centre he will seek the Hamilton Mountain federal NDP nomination.

“We can’t afford another four years of (Prime Minister) Stephen Harper,” said Duvall.

The 58-year-old married father of three girls and two grandchildren, Duvall said he thought about running for federal office after NDP MP Chris Charlton announced early last month she wasn’t seeking re-election. Duvall said since Charlton's announcement came after the municipal campaign  he had to take some time to think about if he would seek the nomination, including talking it over with his family, before making his announcement.

Duvall, who was first elected to Hamilton council in 2006, will continue to represent Ward 7 residents on city council. Even if he wins the nomination, Duvall said he may take a leave of absence from his council duties to campaign. But it depends upon when the federal Conservatives call an election. According to the 2007 legislation the federal election is scheduled for Oct. 19, 2015, the third Monday of the month.

He cited other local politicians, including Mountain councillor Tom Jackson and former Dundas councillor Russ Powers who ran for federal election while still a city councillor. Both took some time off from their duties while running in the federal election.

Duvall in the 2014 municipal election last October was overwhelming re-elected by about 8,700 votes. Duvall said the same people who voted for him last year, have been encouraging him to seek the federal nomination.

“I feel I have the experience to represent the people ofHamilton,” said Duvall. “I have shown I can deliver to the people of Hamilton.”

Duvall said he supports the creation of a national child care program, and will protect retirees’ pensions.

Charlton in a Twitter post Jan. 5, praised Ward 4 councillor Sam Merulla for “living up to his (municipal election) commitment.

When asked about the comment, Duvall dismissed the statement as a knock against his decision to seek federal office while still a city councillor.

Merulla, who had considered seeking the nomination, said he will remain a city councillor.

“My heart is still in east Hamilton,” said Merulla. “All the best to the other candidates.”

Charlton has been in the past supportive of current Hamilton Mountain federal NDP riding association president Bryan Adamczyk, who could also challenge for the nomination.

Duvall, who had a number of former steelworkers and politicians in attendance, said it won’t matter if two former steelworkers clash over the nomination.

“That happens in a democratic process,” said Duvall.

Hamilton Mountain NDP MPP Monique Taylor, who defeated Adamczyk during the provincial nomination meeting in 2011, said the mountain would be better served with Duvall as the next MP.

“It’s really exciting for the riding,” said Taylor, who worked with Duvall as his assistant at the city. “Scott can do it at the next level.”

Hamilton East-Stoney Creek NDP MPP Paul Miller, a former steelworker, said he was attending the announcement as an “observer” in the contest.

“I’m not getting in the middle of this,” he said.

Tony DePaulo, a former federal NDP MP candidate, but now an assistant to the manager of the United Steelworkers Local District 6, said he was in attendance in support of his friend Duvall.

“I’m a die-hard NDP supporter,” said DePaulo. “We need to keep the riding NDP.”

Also in attendance was Anthony Marco, recently elected president of the Hamilton and District Labour Council

While the NDP has yet to schedule a nominating meeting, the Hamilton Mountain federal Conservative riding association is close to selecting its candidate in a meeting later this month, says president Rob Cooper. The federal Hamilton Mountain Liberals will also be holding a nomination meeting in the early part of 2015. So far, two candidates have been green-lighted by party officials: Shaun Burt, and nurse Jan Park Dorsay.

 

Hamilton Mountain councillor Scott Duvall seeks federal nomination

News Jan 05, 2015 Hamilton Mountain News

By Kevin Werner, News Staff

A former steelworker who was recently elected to his third term as the Ward 7 councillor by a wide margin, Scott Duvall announced Jan. 5 during a news conference at Sackville Hill Senior Centre he will seek the Hamilton Mountain federal NDP nomination.

“We can’t afford another four years of (Prime Minister) Stephen Harper,” said Duvall.

The 58-year-old married father of three girls and two grandchildren, Duvall said he thought about running for federal office after NDP MP Chris Charlton announced early last month she wasn’t seeking re-election. Duvall said since Charlton's announcement came after the municipal campaign  he had to take some time to think about if he would seek the nomination, including talking it over with his family, before making his announcement.

Duvall, who was first elected to Hamilton council in 2006, will continue to represent Ward 7 residents on city council. Even if he wins the nomination, Duvall said he may take a leave of absence from his council duties to campaign. But it depends upon when the federal Conservatives call an election. According to the 2007 legislation the federal election is scheduled for Oct. 19, 2015, the third Monday of the month.

He cited other local politicians, including Mountain councillor Tom Jackson and former Dundas councillor Russ Powers who ran for federal election while still a city councillor. Both took some time off from their duties while running in the federal election.

Duvall in the 2014 municipal election last October was overwhelming re-elected by about 8,700 votes. Duvall said the same people who voted for him last year, have been encouraging him to seek the federal nomination.

“I feel I have the experience to represent the people ofHamilton,” said Duvall. “I have shown I can deliver to the people of Hamilton.”

Duvall said he supports the creation of a national child care program, and will protect retirees’ pensions.

Charlton in a Twitter post Jan. 5, praised Ward 4 councillor Sam Merulla for “living up to his (municipal election) commitment.

When asked about the comment, Duvall dismissed the statement as a knock against his decision to seek federal office while still a city councillor.

Merulla, who had considered seeking the nomination, said he will remain a city councillor.

“My heart is still in east Hamilton,” said Merulla. “All the best to the other candidates.”

Charlton has been in the past supportive of current Hamilton Mountain federal NDP riding association president Bryan Adamczyk, who could also challenge for the nomination.

Duvall, who had a number of former steelworkers and politicians in attendance, said it won’t matter if two former steelworkers clash over the nomination.

“That happens in a democratic process,” said Duvall.

Hamilton Mountain NDP MPP Monique Taylor, who defeated Adamczyk during the provincial nomination meeting in 2011, said the mountain would be better served with Duvall as the next MP.

“It’s really exciting for the riding,” said Taylor, who worked with Duvall as his assistant at the city. “Scott can do it at the next level.”

Hamilton East-Stoney Creek NDP MPP Paul Miller, a former steelworker, said he was attending the announcement as an “observer” in the contest.

“I’m not getting in the middle of this,” he said.

Tony DePaulo, a former federal NDP MP candidate, but now an assistant to the manager of the United Steelworkers Local District 6, said he was in attendance in support of his friend Duvall.

“I’m a die-hard NDP supporter,” said DePaulo. “We need to keep the riding NDP.”

Also in attendance was Anthony Marco, recently elected president of the Hamilton and District Labour Council

While the NDP has yet to schedule a nominating meeting, the Hamilton Mountain federal Conservative riding association is close to selecting its candidate in a meeting later this month, says president Rob Cooper. The federal Hamilton Mountain Liberals will also be holding a nomination meeting in the early part of 2015. So far, two candidates have been green-lighted by party officials: Shaun Burt, and nurse Jan Park Dorsay.