Ancaster trustee Alex Johnstone seeks federal NDP nomination

News May 19, 2015 by Kevin Werner Ancaster News

Hamilton public school trustee Alex Johnstone will be seeking the Hamilton West-Ancaster-Dundas NDP nomination, scheduled to be held May 31 at St. Paul United Church.

Johnstone, who ran provincially in the June 14 election against incumbent Liberal MPP Ted McMeekin in the riding of Ancaster-Dundas-Flamborough-Westdale, has been approved by the NDP party and executive, said Peter Hutton, riding president.

The meeting will begin at 2p.m. The keynote speaker will be Peggy Nash, NDP MP for High Park.

"I had a lot of people asking me to run," said Johnstone. "I received tremendous support from the community."

She said HWAD is a new riding allowing the NDP to take advantage of the recent success of the party in other parts of the country.

Johnstone said the recent NDP success in Alberta, where the party won the recent provincial election, is an example of citizens, especially middle-class Canadians, looking for help.

 Johnstone said she will continue to represent Ward 11 and 12 residents as school board trustee while campaigning.

Hutton said Johnstone, along with a number of other potential female candidates, had been contacted earlier by the party to run. Johnston, said Sutton, said she couldn’t commit to seek the nomination early this year because of a number of personal issues.

“But over the last few weeks those conditions have changed,” said Hutton.

Johnstone finished third behind McMeekin and Tory candidate Donna Skelly last year in the provincial race. But she was re-elected as the Ward 11 and 12 public school trustee in last fall’s municipal election. She is the vice-chair of the public board.

Hutton said there is a “remote” change another candidate could also be approved to seek the nomination. But he wasn’t too confident that person would run.

“Finding a candidate, particularly a female candidate, is difficult,” said Hutton. “The candidates we contacted said they couldn’t at that time because of family issues, or they didn’t want to make the big step to move to Ottawa if they won.

“We tried our best to select a candidate that reflects our principles of our party,” he said. “A very large portion of our membership is very pleased (with Johnstone) as the candidate.”

With the addition of Johnstone for the NDP, all of the major parties have their candidates in place to prepare for the scheduled Oct. 19 federal election. The Conservative candidate is Vincent Samuel, while the Liberals nominated Filomena Tassi.  The Green Party officially announced Peter Ormond as its nominated candidate on May 19.

Hutton says with all the candidates in place, it should prove to be a competitive race in the newly-created Hamilton West-Ancaster-Dundas riding.

He acknowledged the NDP is behind in campaigning with the Liberals and Conservatives already spending money promoting their candidates who were nominated months ago.

“They have had resources coming in,” said Hutton. “We will have resources too. It’s an open seat so there will be good competition. But I think the vast majority of people haven’t turned into the election campaign yet.”

 

Ancaster trustee Alex Johnstone seeks federal NDP nomination

News May 19, 2015 by Kevin Werner Ancaster News

Hamilton public school trustee Alex Johnstone will be seeking the Hamilton West-Ancaster-Dundas NDP nomination, scheduled to be held May 31 at St. Paul United Church.

Johnstone, who ran provincially in the June 14 election against incumbent Liberal MPP Ted McMeekin in the riding of Ancaster-Dundas-Flamborough-Westdale, has been approved by the NDP party and executive, said Peter Hutton, riding president.

The meeting will begin at 2p.m. The keynote speaker will be Peggy Nash, NDP MP for High Park.

"I had a lot of people asking me to run," said Johnstone. "I received tremendous support from the community."

She said HWAD is a new riding allowing the NDP to take advantage of the recent success of the party in other parts of the country.

Johnstone said the recent NDP success in Alberta, where the party won the recent provincial election, is an example of citizens, especially middle-class Canadians, looking for help.

 Johnstone said she will continue to represent Ward 11 and 12 residents as school board trustee while campaigning.

Hutton said Johnstone, along with a number of other potential female candidates, had been contacted earlier by the party to run. Johnston, said Sutton, said she couldn’t commit to seek the nomination early this year because of a number of personal issues.

“But over the last few weeks those conditions have changed,” said Hutton.

Johnstone finished third behind McMeekin and Tory candidate Donna Skelly last year in the provincial race. But she was re-elected as the Ward 11 and 12 public school trustee in last fall’s municipal election. She is the vice-chair of the public board.

Hutton said there is a “remote” change another candidate could also be approved to seek the nomination. But he wasn’t too confident that person would run.

“Finding a candidate, particularly a female candidate, is difficult,” said Hutton. “The candidates we contacted said they couldn’t at that time because of family issues, or they didn’t want to make the big step to move to Ottawa if they won.

“We tried our best to select a candidate that reflects our principles of our party,” he said. “A very large portion of our membership is very pleased (with Johnstone) as the candidate.”

With the addition of Johnstone for the NDP, all of the major parties have their candidates in place to prepare for the scheduled Oct. 19 federal election. The Conservative candidate is Vincent Samuel, while the Liberals nominated Filomena Tassi.  The Green Party officially announced Peter Ormond as its nominated candidate on May 19.

Hutton says with all the candidates in place, it should prove to be a competitive race in the newly-created Hamilton West-Ancaster-Dundas riding.

He acknowledged the NDP is behind in campaigning with the Liberals and Conservatives already spending money promoting their candidates who were nominated months ago.

“They have had resources coming in,” said Hutton. “We will have resources too. It’s an open seat so there will be good competition. But I think the vast majority of people haven’t turned into the election campaign yet.”

 

Ancaster trustee Alex Johnstone seeks federal NDP nomination

News May 19, 2015 by Kevin Werner Ancaster News

Hamilton public school trustee Alex Johnstone will be seeking the Hamilton West-Ancaster-Dundas NDP nomination, scheduled to be held May 31 at St. Paul United Church.

Johnstone, who ran provincially in the June 14 election against incumbent Liberal MPP Ted McMeekin in the riding of Ancaster-Dundas-Flamborough-Westdale, has been approved by the NDP party and executive, said Peter Hutton, riding president.

The meeting will begin at 2p.m. The keynote speaker will be Peggy Nash, NDP MP for High Park.

"I had a lot of people asking me to run," said Johnstone. "I received tremendous support from the community."

She said HWAD is a new riding allowing the NDP to take advantage of the recent success of the party in other parts of the country.

Johnstone said the recent NDP success in Alberta, where the party won the recent provincial election, is an example of citizens, especially middle-class Canadians, looking for help.

 Johnstone said she will continue to represent Ward 11 and 12 residents as school board trustee while campaigning.

Hutton said Johnstone, along with a number of other potential female candidates, had been contacted earlier by the party to run. Johnston, said Sutton, said she couldn’t commit to seek the nomination early this year because of a number of personal issues.

“But over the last few weeks those conditions have changed,” said Hutton.

Johnstone finished third behind McMeekin and Tory candidate Donna Skelly last year in the provincial race. But she was re-elected as the Ward 11 and 12 public school trustee in last fall’s municipal election. She is the vice-chair of the public board.

Hutton said there is a “remote” change another candidate could also be approved to seek the nomination. But he wasn’t too confident that person would run.

“Finding a candidate, particularly a female candidate, is difficult,” said Hutton. “The candidates we contacted said they couldn’t at that time because of family issues, or they didn’t want to make the big step to move to Ottawa if they won.

“We tried our best to select a candidate that reflects our principles of our party,” he said. “A very large portion of our membership is very pleased (with Johnstone) as the candidate.”

With the addition of Johnstone for the NDP, all of the major parties have their candidates in place to prepare for the scheduled Oct. 19 federal election. The Conservative candidate is Vincent Samuel, while the Liberals nominated Filomena Tassi.  The Green Party officially announced Peter Ormond as its nominated candidate on May 19.

Hutton says with all the candidates in place, it should prove to be a competitive race in the newly-created Hamilton West-Ancaster-Dundas riding.

He acknowledged the NDP is behind in campaigning with the Liberals and Conservatives already spending money promoting their candidates who were nominated months ago.

“They have had resources coming in,” said Hutton. “We will have resources too. It’s an open seat so there will be good competition. But I think the vast majority of people haven’t turned into the election campaign yet.”