Newly elected MLA says he’ll work hard to address local issues
Tim Houston says he is looking forward to his first caucus meeting and to getting things moving forward as the newly elected MLA for Pictou East.
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Pictou East Progressive Conservative candidate Tim Houston gets ready to leave his Blue Acres constituency office with his team, from the left, Carol Houston, Clary MacDonald, Allan Keefe, Albert Marshall and Morris Campbell.
Two days after the election he is still amazed by the support he received.
“It was a pretty tremendous feeling to know that your friends and neighbours, the people who live in your community have faith in you and enough faith in you to put an X beside your name on a ballot and ask you to represent them,” he said. “That’s a very humbling experience.”
That night PC leader Jamie Baillie called to congratulate him and the opposition party is planning to meet sometime next week for a caucus meeting. After a hectic pace during the campaign, he’ll now have to quickly move into the process of setting up an office, picking an office assistant and continuing to work with constituents.
“The thrust of my campaign was that we need to find a way to create opportunities to live and work in Pictou County,” he said. “As the new MLA for this area I will be pushing hard for that.”
Following his win on Tuesday, former MLA Clarrie MacKinnon came to speak with him. Houston said he’ll reach out to his predecessor for advice.
“He was a dedicated MLA and I respect the job hat he did,” Houston said. “I know there are things I can learn from him just like there are things I can learn from the constituents.”
One of the ideas he’s taking away from MacKinnon is holding community days in various parts of Pictou East so he can keep on top of the issues for each area.
Although, the Liberals have a strong majority, he said he’s is confident that he and his fellow MLAs from Pictou County will be able to work with the governing party to address the issues facing this area.
“Most of the things I’ve accomplished in my life has been part of a team. Government is a team and I’m excited to meet with the Liberal colleagues and talk with them and make sure we do good for the province, but that I also push hard to do good for Pictou County.”
He thanks the people of Pictou East for trusting him enough to give him this opportunity.
“I want them to know that I will work hard to try not to disappoint them,” he said. “I’m looking forward to working with them to addressing some of the issues that are facing this community because Pictou County is a great place to live and work.
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