Judi Giroux next PC candidate

Eric Sparling
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Giroux spoke at ARHS meeting

AMHERST – It’s Judi Giroux.

The Cumberland North Progressive Conservative Association elected their MLA candidate last night at Amherst Regional High School. Also on the ballot was Amherst town councilor Robert Bird.

“Thank you so much, all of you,” said Giroux once the ballots were counted and the announcement made.

She thanked her opponent, spoke briefly and then cued the music: We Rise Again, by the Rankins.

Giroux had a clear set of priorities should she be elected and sent to Halifax.

“The debt – we need to tackle the debt and the taxes.”

She said the most rewarding part of the job would be being able to help solve people’s problems.

“I care about this community and I want the very best for all of us.”

Jamie Baillie, provincial party leader and MLA for Cumberland South, spoke while ballots were being counted.

“You work for them,” said Baillie. That was the reminder he said he’d give the winning candidate: represent the people first.

The MLA accused Cumberland North’s current MLA, Brian Skabar – from the NDP – of choosing his party over his riding, and said a Cumberland North Progressive Conservative MLA would be “right there beside me” if Baillie was elected premier.

In comments offered during voting, Baillie said a good MLA has three qualities: they represent their area well, they’re in it for the right reasons – serving people – and they can win.

“I’m just so excited that we have two candidates that meet all three criteria.”

Esther Boyd was in the crowd as a supporter of Giroux. She spoke prior to the announcement of the winner.

“Judi sees the big picture.”

Boyd said Giroux is the hardest working volunteer she’s met. She said the campaign was “a lot of fun.”

Giroux works in the office of MP Scott Armstrong. She is president of the United Way of Cumberland County, chair of the Cumberland YMCA, and president of the Amherst Lionness Club.

The vote tally was not announced.

esparling@amherstdaily.com

Organizations: Rankins, NDP, Cumberland North Progressive United Way Amherst Lionness Club

Geographic location: Cumberland North, Halifax, Cumberland South Cumberland County

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  • Jason
    May 31, 2012 - 08:22

    I look forward to Judi disappointing us and towing the party line.

  • Beacon Street
    May 30, 2012 - 16:40

    Robert Bird goes down in flames. The rest of you town councillors should be paying attention. You guys are all yesterday's news next fall. Mike your right too, Herret needs to go.

  • mike connors
    May 30, 2012 - 11:14

    Good for Judi. Bird is one of those responsible for poor decisions lately like $20,000 "Elf houses" with green roofs in the downtown area, moving 20 people out of a perfectly good town hall and wasting almost a million taxpayer dollars to do it and moving 40 people into an unusable town hall that will be converted into half a police station to justify the move to the tantramar theatre. Wait until the municipal election to see who gets re-elected after this kind of shameful spending. Herrett should be looking for a new job after this.

  • go for it
    May 30, 2012 - 08:43

    WTG Judi!! I know you will make us proud and do your best for the folks in Cumberland County!

  • Joke
    May 30, 2012 - 08:35

    I bet the other parties are celebrating today,what a joke.Of course it makes no difference,they will never get in power any way. I wounder if she has a picture of Harper in her house??

  • helpusall
    May 30, 2012 - 04:26

    oh dear....help us all

    • Mom Jeans
      May 30, 2012 - 08:01

      What's the matter? You afraid she's gonna show the ol' boy's club how to do a better job?