There are nine candidates running in Pictou County’s three electoral districts. But only three will be taking a seat in the legislature after today’s election.
Heather Hughes, campaign manager for Pictou Centre NDP candidate Ross Landry, said her team has been hard at work up until today. Hughes, along with campaign managers in Pictou East and West, is looking forward with great anticipation to tonight’s election results. JOHN BRANNEN – THE NEWS
Yesterday, the candidates and their campaign teams were still hard at work getting the local and party message out to potential undecided voters.
“We’ve been holding meetings on a regular basis,” said Ronnie Baillie, campaign manager for Pictou West PC candidate Karla MacFarlane. “We had a lot of volunteers come out the other night, ready to work.”
It was one of Baillie and MacFarlane’s goals to knock on all the voter’s doors in the riding. Their team was still at it yesterday.
“It’s been our strategy all along and I’d say we’ve talked with 95 per cent of the doors,” he said. “Our volunteers were in the office making follow up calls too.”
By yesterday at around 6 p.m., all of MacFarlane’s social media sites went dormant in accordance with Elections Nova Scotia.
Shawna Coleman, campaign manager for Pictou East Liberal candidate François Rochon, is adopting a similar approach to her candidate’s social media.
“Yesterday was an administrative day for sure,” she said. “The team was reviewing policies from Elections Nova Scotia and the Liberal Party, along with advice from a legal adviser. We’re shutting (our social media) down before election day.”
She noted that something as simple as clicking ‘like’ on Facebook might be construed as advertising or campaigning, which is against Elections Nova Scotia rules.
“François will be staying away from that. He’ll be out driving people to the polls or making some last-minute follow-up calls.”
In Pictou Centre, NDP candidate Ross Landry’s campaign manager Heather Hughes said the day before the election was about preparation.
“This is what we’ve all been waiting for,” she said. “We’re organizing our volunteers to get out there and spread our campaign’s message.”
While she noted that it was a busy time around the campaign office, she’s been pleased with the experience of campaign manager.
“Ross is a hard worker and up at 5:30 a.m. and out of the office by that evening around 7:30 p.m.,” she said. “Everyone’s upbeat here and we’re preparing for a celebration tonight.”
It’s the first year Hughes has been a campaign manager and has found it a rewarding experience. It’s Baillie and Coleman’s first year at the helm of a local campaign too.
“It’s been interesting,” said Baillie. “When you have a star candidate like Karla, things go pretty well. There’s a great deal of excitement and anticipation.”
Coleman noted that Rochon and the campaign team are hoping to celebrate local and provincial results tonight.
“It’s been a steep learning curve since you have to know your party’s platform and the other parties’ as well,” she said. “I’ve enjoyed it though and have been delighted to be involved in this campaign.”
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