Hamilton Mountain federal NDP pick Scott Duvall as their candidate

News Mar 29, 2015 Hamilton Mountain News

By Kevin Werner, News Staff

Hamilton Mountain councillor Scott Duvall was nominated as the New Democratic federal candidate for the area to replace current NDP MP Chris Charlton who decided last fall she was not seeking re-election.

“I’m ecstatic,” says Duvall, 58, who has been the Ward 7 councillor since 2006. “This is a stepping stone. The real meat and potatoes is to come.”

Duvall becomes the first candidate to be nominated among the major parties for Hamilton Mountain. The Hamilton Mountain federal Conservative riding association is searching for a candidate and wants to have one in place by late April, while the Liberals are encouraging Ward 6 councillor Tom Jackson to run for them. Shaun Burt is the only declared Liberal candidate so far. No date for a nomination has been scheduled.

Duvall said regardless of who the candidates are, he is in this race to win.

“It doesn’t matter if it’s Tom, even though he’s a good friend of mine,” said Duvall. “I don’t know if he is running or not. I’ve had discussions with him. (The Liberals) have been waiting for this.”

About 350 people turned out for the nomination meeting March 29 held at the Royal Canadian Legion on Lime Ridge Road. There were 257 ballots cast, but NDP officials refused to say the margin of victory.

Bryan Adamczyk, 66, the riding president who was challenging Duvall for the nomination, acknowledged the results and publicly endorsed Duvall to make the nomination unanimous for the party.

“The Liberals and Conservatives will be gunning for this seat,” said Adamczyk after the ballots results were announced. “They think because they don’t have Chris Charlton it will be easy. This is our riding.”

“That was a class act,” said Charlton, who supported Adamczyk. “We are going into the election as one big orange team. The family is together. It was like choosing between two brothers. One was going to win.”

Charlton, who had earlier questioned Duvall for seeking the nomination even though he was recently re-elected as a councillor, qualified her criticism at the nomination meeting arguing the public doesn’t like it when councillors don’t serve out their terms. She pointed out Jackson and former councillor Bill Kelly sought federal seats while serving as Hamilton councillors, but both were defeated. She didn’t want to lose a “progressive” voice on council.

Duvall said he will be able to serve both his residents and campaign for a federal election scheduled for October. But he said once the writ is dropped, he will not receive any salary as a councillor. In last fall’s municipal election, Duvall was overwhelmingly re-elected collecting 8,700 votes.

“That is the most responsible thing to do,” said Duvall. “I will be working for my community.”

Hamilton Mountain Conservative riding association president Rob Cooper called on Duvall to immediately step down so “the city can appoint a councillor that will work for Ward 7.

“We publicly question Duvall’s ability to make decisions at City Hall that are unencumbered by his federal candidacy,” said Cooper.

The nomination meeting began at 2:05 p.m. and after the candidates spoke, eligible members voted taking about 15 minutes. NDP officials left the room at 2:45 p.m. to count the ballots and 20 minutes later the results were announced.

Duvall says he signed up about 120 new members, some who had never been members of the party before. About half the room, some with Scott Duvall signs, applauded and yelled encouragement to Duvall during his speech.

“A lot of people who were not NDP members but they were Liberals or Conservatives said they would vote for me,” said Duvall. “They were committed and they came out.”

Duvall thanked Adamcyzk and called the campaign “clean” and free of any “derogatory remarks.

“There are no animosity between me and Bryan,” said Duvall.

In the 2011 provincial NDP nomination, Duvall supported his executive assistant Monique Taylor against Adamczyk, who was also backed by Charlton. Adamczyk was the Hamilton Mountain NDP provincial candidate in 2007, but lost to Liberal Sophia Aggelonitis

“I don’t think of it that way,” said Taylor when told she has two wins against Adamcyzk. “It has nothing to do with Bryan. I think Scott was the best candidate.”

David Christopherson, NDP MP for Hamilton Centre, said he didn’t care who won the nomination, believing either candidate would be perfect for the riding.

“Democracy has decided the right person is Scott,” said Christopherson. “I have no doubt Scott Duvall will be joining us taking his rightful place in the 42nd Parliament.”

 

 

 

Hamilton Mountain federal NDP pick Scott Duvall as their candidate

News Mar 29, 2015 Hamilton Mountain News

By Kevin Werner, News Staff

Hamilton Mountain councillor Scott Duvall was nominated as the New Democratic federal candidate for the area to replace current NDP MP Chris Charlton who decided last fall she was not seeking re-election.

“I’m ecstatic,” says Duvall, 58, who has been the Ward 7 councillor since 2006. “This is a stepping stone. The real meat and potatoes is to come.”

Duvall becomes the first candidate to be nominated among the major parties for Hamilton Mountain. The Hamilton Mountain federal Conservative riding association is searching for a candidate and wants to have one in place by late April, while the Liberals are encouraging Ward 6 councillor Tom Jackson to run for them. Shaun Burt is the only declared Liberal candidate so far. No date for a nomination has been scheduled.

Duvall said regardless of who the candidates are, he is in this race to win.

“It doesn’t matter if it’s Tom, even though he’s a good friend of mine,” said Duvall. “I don’t know if he is running or not. I’ve had discussions with him. (The Liberals) have been waiting for this.”

About 350 people turned out for the nomination meeting March 29 held at the Royal Canadian Legion on Lime Ridge Road. There were 257 ballots cast, but NDP officials refused to say the margin of victory.

Bryan Adamczyk, 66, the riding president who was challenging Duvall for the nomination, acknowledged the results and publicly endorsed Duvall to make the nomination unanimous for the party.

“The Liberals and Conservatives will be gunning for this seat,” said Adamczyk after the ballots results were announced. “They think because they don’t have Chris Charlton it will be easy. This is our riding.”

“That was a class act,” said Charlton, who supported Adamczyk. “We are going into the election as one big orange team. The family is together. It was like choosing between two brothers. One was going to win.”

Charlton, who had earlier questioned Duvall for seeking the nomination even though he was recently re-elected as a councillor, qualified her criticism at the nomination meeting arguing the public doesn’t like it when councillors don’t serve out their terms. She pointed out Jackson and former councillor Bill Kelly sought federal seats while serving as Hamilton councillors, but both were defeated. She didn’t want to lose a “progressive” voice on council.

Duvall said he will be able to serve both his residents and campaign for a federal election scheduled for October. But he said once the writ is dropped, he will not receive any salary as a councillor. In last fall’s municipal election, Duvall was overwhelmingly re-elected collecting 8,700 votes.

“That is the most responsible thing to do,” said Duvall. “I will be working for my community.”

Hamilton Mountain Conservative riding association president Rob Cooper called on Duvall to immediately step down so “the city can appoint a councillor that will work for Ward 7.

“We publicly question Duvall’s ability to make decisions at City Hall that are unencumbered by his federal candidacy,” said Cooper.

The nomination meeting began at 2:05 p.m. and after the candidates spoke, eligible members voted taking about 15 minutes. NDP officials left the room at 2:45 p.m. to count the ballots and 20 minutes later the results were announced.

Duvall says he signed up about 120 new members, some who had never been members of the party before. About half the room, some with Scott Duvall signs, applauded and yelled encouragement to Duvall during his speech.

“A lot of people who were not NDP members but they were Liberals or Conservatives said they would vote for me,” said Duvall. “They were committed and they came out.”

Duvall thanked Adamcyzk and called the campaign “clean” and free of any “derogatory remarks.

“There are no animosity between me and Bryan,” said Duvall.

In the 2011 provincial NDP nomination, Duvall supported his executive assistant Monique Taylor against Adamczyk, who was also backed by Charlton. Adamczyk was the Hamilton Mountain NDP provincial candidate in 2007, but lost to Liberal Sophia Aggelonitis

“I don’t think of it that way,” said Taylor when told she has two wins against Adamcyzk. “It has nothing to do with Bryan. I think Scott was the best candidate.”

David Christopherson, NDP MP for Hamilton Centre, said he didn’t care who won the nomination, believing either candidate would be perfect for the riding.

“Democracy has decided the right person is Scott,” said Christopherson. “I have no doubt Scott Duvall will be joining us taking his rightful place in the 42nd Parliament.”

 

 

 

Hamilton Mountain federal NDP pick Scott Duvall as their candidate

News Mar 29, 2015 Hamilton Mountain News

By Kevin Werner, News Staff

Hamilton Mountain councillor Scott Duvall was nominated as the New Democratic federal candidate for the area to replace current NDP MP Chris Charlton who decided last fall she was not seeking re-election.

“I’m ecstatic,” says Duvall, 58, who has been the Ward 7 councillor since 2006. “This is a stepping stone. The real meat and potatoes is to come.”

Duvall becomes the first candidate to be nominated among the major parties for Hamilton Mountain. The Hamilton Mountain federal Conservative riding association is searching for a candidate and wants to have one in place by late April, while the Liberals are encouraging Ward 6 councillor Tom Jackson to run for them. Shaun Burt is the only declared Liberal candidate so far. No date for a nomination has been scheduled.

Duvall said regardless of who the candidates are, he is in this race to win.

“It doesn’t matter if it’s Tom, even though he’s a good friend of mine,” said Duvall. “I don’t know if he is running or not. I’ve had discussions with him. (The Liberals) have been waiting for this.”

About 350 people turned out for the nomination meeting March 29 held at the Royal Canadian Legion on Lime Ridge Road. There were 257 ballots cast, but NDP officials refused to say the margin of victory.

Bryan Adamczyk, 66, the riding president who was challenging Duvall for the nomination, acknowledged the results and publicly endorsed Duvall to make the nomination unanimous for the party.

“The Liberals and Conservatives will be gunning for this seat,” said Adamczyk after the ballots results were announced. “They think because they don’t have Chris Charlton it will be easy. This is our riding.”

“That was a class act,” said Charlton, who supported Adamczyk. “We are going into the election as one big orange team. The family is together. It was like choosing between two brothers. One was going to win.”

Charlton, who had earlier questioned Duvall for seeking the nomination even though he was recently re-elected as a councillor, qualified her criticism at the nomination meeting arguing the public doesn’t like it when councillors don’t serve out their terms. She pointed out Jackson and former councillor Bill Kelly sought federal seats while serving as Hamilton councillors, but both were defeated. She didn’t want to lose a “progressive” voice on council.

Duvall said he will be able to serve both his residents and campaign for a federal election scheduled for October. But he said once the writ is dropped, he will not receive any salary as a councillor. In last fall’s municipal election, Duvall was overwhelmingly re-elected collecting 8,700 votes.

“That is the most responsible thing to do,” said Duvall. “I will be working for my community.”

Hamilton Mountain Conservative riding association president Rob Cooper called on Duvall to immediately step down so “the city can appoint a councillor that will work for Ward 7.

“We publicly question Duvall’s ability to make decisions at City Hall that are unencumbered by his federal candidacy,” said Cooper.

The nomination meeting began at 2:05 p.m. and after the candidates spoke, eligible members voted taking about 15 minutes. NDP officials left the room at 2:45 p.m. to count the ballots and 20 minutes later the results were announced.

Duvall says he signed up about 120 new members, some who had never been members of the party before. About half the room, some with Scott Duvall signs, applauded and yelled encouragement to Duvall during his speech.

“A lot of people who were not NDP members but they were Liberals or Conservatives said they would vote for me,” said Duvall. “They were committed and they came out.”

Duvall thanked Adamcyzk and called the campaign “clean” and free of any “derogatory remarks.

“There are no animosity between me and Bryan,” said Duvall.

In the 2011 provincial NDP nomination, Duvall supported his executive assistant Monique Taylor against Adamczyk, who was also backed by Charlton. Adamczyk was the Hamilton Mountain NDP provincial candidate in 2007, but lost to Liberal Sophia Aggelonitis

“I don’t think of it that way,” said Taylor when told she has two wins against Adamcyzk. “It has nothing to do with Bryan. I think Scott was the best candidate.”

David Christopherson, NDP MP for Hamilton Centre, said he didn’t care who won the nomination, believing either candidate would be perfect for the riding.

“Democracy has decided the right person is Scott,” said Christopherson. “I have no doubt Scott Duvall will be joining us taking his rightful place in the 42nd Parliament.”