Armstrong to announce PC intentions today

Jason Malloy
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TRURO - The man who wants to turn central and northern Nova Scotia Tory once again will announce today he is seeking the party's nomination for the next federal election.

Scott Armstrong will make the formal announcement at 4 p.m. at the Nova Scotia Community College in Truro.

"This is a huge endeavour and I am very humbled by the amount of support and encouragement I have received both within the party and in the general community," he told Transcontinental Media on Monday. "It's a huge challenge but I am up for it."

The Truro resident is a lifelong supporter of the Progressive Conservative and Conservative parties. He described himself as a dedicated community volunteer who has always been interested in politics.

"I really think I can make a difference at the federal level," Armstrong said.

With a multi-billion dollar stimulus package announced, he said it is important to have representation to access those funds. Armstrong conceded the next election many not occur for some time, but said being the nominated candidate would provide him some access to the national party.

"I will do everything possible I can to work within the system to try to deliver some of those infrastructure funds for this riding," he said.

The educator, who is also the Progressive Conservative Party of Nova Scotia president, has assembled the Conservative machine to back him. Riding association president Jeff Hunt and treasurer Frank Elliott are his co-campaign managers and many high-level party organizers have committed to support Armstrong.

"We want a return to normalcy where the Cumberland Colchester Musquodoboit Valley association is a stalwart part of this party," Armstrong said.

Armstrong, 42, is in a relationship with a Brookfield woman and is a huge sports fan.

Conservatives have until the end of the month to file their nomination papers with a meeting to take place in May.

jmalloy@trurodaily.com

Organizations: Nova Scotia Community College, Transcontinental Media, Progressive Conservative Party of Nova Scotia Cumberland Colchester Musquodoboit Valley association

Geographic location: TRURO

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