ELECTION: Colchester Musquodoboit Valley candidates

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Name: Tom Martin

Party: Liberal

Age: Not provided

Resides: Dutch Settlement

Married to: Christina

Children: Two children, Elizabeth and Benjamin

Grandchildren: Granddaughters Renae and Eniyah

Professional qualifications: Years of public service as a homicide investigator and hostage and crisis negotiator. Following his 30 years of service as a peace officer, Martin worked in the private sector as a national director for a Nova Scotia-based security company. Today, he owns and operates two businesses - a small working farm, and an investigations/consulting company.

Priority election issues: Martin has a "clear-cut belief in transparency and accountability of elected officials" and takes "particular interest in our youth and safe communities" and is "committed to make our riding and our province economically, environmentally, and socially sustainable."

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Name: Larry Harrison

Party: Progressive Conservative

Age: 67

Resides: Shortts Lake

Born in: New Brunswick

Married to: Susanne

Children: Son Brent, daughter Stacey

Grandchildren: Paige, 3, and Gavin, 6

Political experience: None. Harrison first considered running for the party about six months ago.

"After I retired a lot of people I talked to thought I'd do a good job," in politics, he said, adding he put a lot of thought into the decision before allowing his name to go forward.

Professional qualifications: Harrison was a United Church minister for 33 years.

Priority election issues: "Health care, especially in rural areas. A lot of emergency cuts have come out of rural areas and it's difficult (to get care) when people have to travel," Harrison added "infrastructure needs a boost" in the area as well.

Volunteering includes: "I love my community and I volunteer and participate in whatever events take place," including with the men's club, seniors groups, heritage society, at the Colchester East Hants Health Centre in Truro in palliative care.

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Name: Gary Burrill

Party: NDP

Age: 58

Resides: Upper Musquodoboit

Born in: Woodstock, N.B.

Married to: Debbie Perrott

Children: Four children between the ages of 21 and 28

Grandchildren: None

Political experience: Elected in 2009 as the first NDP MLA for Colchester-Musquodoboit Valley. In the legislature, he has served as ministerial assistant to the House Leader and Minister for Community Services (Housing). He is presently ministerial assistant for seniors and chairman of the House of Assembly’s Veterans Affairs Committee.

Professional qualifications: Gary holds graduate degrees from Queen’s University and Harvard. He has taught political economy, sociology, and social history at St. Mary’s University, Mount St. Vincent University and the Maritime School of Social Work. He also is the author/compiler of two books, Away: Maritimers in Massachusetts, Ontario and Alberta and Yet at a Distance: Father Poems from the Maritimes, he was also founding editor of New Maritimes: A Regional Magazine of Politics and Culture.

In addition, Burrill is an ordained minister of the United Church of Canada. He served congregations in Higginsville, Dean and Upper Musquodoboit for 19 years.

Priority election issues: Inequality and inadequacy in the riding, especially in regards to employment.

Volunteering includes: In Upper Musquodoboit, he coached softball for 17 years and was a founder of Arimathea, the first funeral co-operative in Nova Scotia.

 

Organizations: Colchester East Hants Health Centre, Community Services, Veterans Affairs Committee Harvard Mount St. Vincent University Maritime School of Social Work A Regional Magazine United Church of Canada

Geographic location: Colchester Musquodoboit Valley, Upper Musquodoboit, New Brunswick Truro Queen Mary Massachusetts Ontario Alberta Higginsville Nova Scotia

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