Provincial election expected in 2013
Lawyer Terry Farrell, who this year co-founded the Maritime Rockabilly Festival, has announced he will seek the Liberal nomination in Cumberland North.
AMHERST – Amherst lawyer and community volunteer Terry Farrell has announced he will be seeking the Liberal nomination in Cumberland North.
Farrell, who practices law with Hicks LeMoine, has been active as a lawyer in the community since 1992. He and his wife, Nancy, have three sons and he has been an active community volunteer throughout his career.
He is currently the chair of the town’s planning advisory committee and this year he co-founded the Maritime Rockabilly Festival.
Farrell is also active in the local theatre community having produced and acted in many productions.
“People here need a representative who will listen to their concerns and voice those concerns in Halifax,” Farrell said Thursday. “We need a strong presence in the legislature to keep Cumberland North on the provincial agenda. The Dexter government is using their plan of decentralizing government services to rob Cumberland North of jobs. Our MLA has to make sure this community is not ignored.
Farrell said he has asked the party to hold a nomination meeting soon and he expects one will be held early in 2013.
“I have thought a long time that I could make a contribution by entering politics. When I discussed it with Nancy, and received her blessing and support, I went to my family and friends. I am overwhelmed by the encouragement and support I am receiving for my campaign. I am sure this is the right thing to do and now is the right time,” Farrell said. “I am eager to begin talking to people all over the riding to hear their concerns and share my ideas of what I can do for them as their MLA.”
Liberal support in Cumberland North all but disappeared in 2009 when voters elected the ridings first NDP MLA in Brian Skabar. The Liberal candidate, Brent Noiles, finished a distant fourth behind Skabar, Independent Ernest Fage and Conservative candidate Keith Hunter.
The Liberals held the riding from 1993 to 1997 when Ross Bragg served in the cabinet of John Savage. Fage won the seat in a 1997 byelection and was re-elected several times before 2009.
Farrell said the timing is right for a Liberal MLA in Cumberland North. Polls are showing the party surging under leader Stephen McNeil and he said the leader has spent a considerable amount of time in the riding and the county during his leadership.
While both Skabar and Conservative candidate Judi Giroux may have a jump on him in preparations for an election that’s expected next year, he said he will more than make up the difference through hard work.
“The Liberal Party is in a good position to move ahead and do some good things in Cumberland North,” Farrell said. “One thing about the people of Cumberland North is they can look at the person and the big picture and decide what’s best for them. They don’t need someone one telling them what’s best for them.”