And then there were three.
The vacancy to represent the Cumberland South Progressive Conservatives is a contested race, with a strong voice from one of the riding’s more remote communities adding her name to the campaign.
Marchel Strong, a twenty-year volunteer with the Advocate & District Volunteer Fire Brigade, announced her intentions this week to run for the right to represent the Cumberland South PCs following the resignation of Jamie Baillie. Oxford fire chief Tory Rushton and Age of Sail museum curator Oralee O'Byrne have also announced their candidacy.
A lobbyist for better health care in rural areas, Strong says she’s ready now more than ever to expand her interests in the political process and represent the party’s values.
“It’s something I’ve been interested in some time,” Strong said. “It’s a very good time for me [to run], personal. We need change and consistency.
Cornerstone issues like education, education and infrastructure rank high on Strong’s list of things that need addressed in the riding, but as a residential care assistant at Chignecto Manor, she says she is also a champion for improving senior health care.
“Any kind of change is good, if it’s for the best,” Strong said.
A past-president of the Advocate District and Development Association, Strong is currently the associations vice president and one of the fire brigade’s medical first responders.
The Cumberland South PC’s are expected to hold their election for a new representative March 3rd.
A date for the by-election to install a new MLA for Cumberland South has yet to be announced.