Halifax Needham by-election called for August 30

The race to replace Maureen MacDonald’s seat in north end Halifax is officially on.



Well, at least it won’t be a long campaign.

On the Saturday morning of Natal Day weekend, premier Stephen McNeil has announced a by-election for Halifax Needham on Tuesday, August 30.

It’s expected all five registered parties will nominate candidates, though at the time of this morning’s release Elections Nova Scotia said there was only one was officially registered candidate: Rod Wilson, who’s running for the Liberals.

Wilson is a physician and executive director of the North End Community Health Centre. He last spoke with The Coast this past winter, when the NECHC was in dire need of an increase in provincial funding to fix a failing roof.

Former RCMP and police officer Andy Arsenault has already been announced as running for the Progressive Conservatives, campaigning on a reinvigorated film industry and promises of “Making Halifax Needham a safer place to live.”

“We have people afraid to be outside after dark, seniors who don’t want to leave their homes and young people who are looking for positive role models,” Arsenault writes in a press release.

The New Democrats, meanwhile, have put forward Lisa Roberts to try and regain Halifax Needham. Executive director of Veith House, Roberts is also a former journalist.

“The NDP has deep roots in our community, which is where I’m raising my kids and working to make a difference,” Roberts writes in her own press release. “I would be proud to represent Halifax Needham.”

Halifax Needham has been without an MLA since Maureen MacDonald retired back in April after 18 years in the Legislature.

No word yet on whether the Liberal government will call for a general election this fall to complement the municipal and school board elections happening across the province on October 15.

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