TRURO – Lenore Zann approached a Truro stage last night, triumphantly raising her arms in the air, determined to extend her life as a local MLA.
Zann, the MLA for Truro Bible Hill, spoke about why she’s passionate about this area during her nomination meeting at the Marigold Cultural Centre in Truro Thursday night. About 100 people were in attendance for the official nomination meeting that sees Zann represent local NDP supporters going into the next provincial election. Zann was the only candidate.
Zann believes she has made a positive impact on the area, including fighting for improvements to affordable housing, arts and culture and spurring the provincial government to address local flooding issues.
“I believe in what we’re doing … I intend to keep it that way for a long, long time with your help … I’ve taken every single one of your concerns to the government. I’ve been very, very loud around the table. I’m not afraid. They can’t fire me. Only you can fire me. The people are my employer,” she said, adding Premier Darrell Dexter could drop the writ for an election “anytime in the next year.”
Dexter attended the meeting, saying Zann “is doing what we said we were going to do.”
Truro’s Al MacNeill officially recommended Zann’s nomination candidacy.
“Lenore is not taking (the public) for granted,” said MacNeill.
Rocky Jones, a Halifax resident who grew up on Ford Street in Truro, said Zann believes everyone is important.
“I can never recall any politician see how we were doing,” in the west end of town during situations such as severe flooding.
“Since Lenore was elected … there are people in government who see this is a priority ... now we have someone who is fighting for us,” said Jones during his speech to second Zann’s candidacy.