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The next Provincial election is scheduled for June 7, 2018 but David Piccini announced Monday night that he will be a candidate for the Conservative nomination for this Riding.  If the polls are right, incumbent Liberal MPP Lou Rinaldi will face strong competition in the next election given the really poor standing of Kathleen Wynne.  David has good credentials.  He grew up in Port Hope and although young at 28, he already has extensive experience in Politics.  After graduating from Ottawa University he worked for Ed Fast (Minister of International Trade) but since 2015 he has worked as an advisor for The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons.

While in Ottawa, David ran as a Conservative Candidate in the Federal Election in 2015 in the Riding of Ottawa Vanier.  It was unlikely he’d win since the Riding had been held by Liberals since 1935 but the experience proved invaluable.  It was shortly after this that he moved to his current job and he now calls home the triangle of Port Hope, Toronto and Ottawa.

David is still working (he has to put bread on the table) so campaigning is mostly on weekends but he told me that this has wrecked his weekends.  Although currently his employer is “understanding”, he will probably be working on the campaign full-time if he is nominated.  The nomination process will likely start late summer with selection by Fall 2017.

Nobody else has declared an interest in being nominated in any party although we could expect incumbent Lou Rinaldi to be the Liberal Candidate.  It’s complicated a little since the Riding boundary will change to follow the Federal boundary – that is, from Northumberland Quinte West to Northumberland Peterborough South.  That means that previous election results are not 100% comparable.  Although he has not indicated one way or the other, we might expect the previous Conservative MPP, Rob Milligan, to put his name in for contention.

At the announcement at the Best Western on Monday night, there was a good crowd of the usual Conservatives although not all had their name down as endorsing David.  Those that did included the following:

Tracy West, Cobourg – NHH Physician Recruitment; Dr. John Bonn, Brighton; Bob Dodd, Cobourg; Hon. Ed Fast, MP; Marie Hubbard, Newcastle.  The list also included five Owner/Presidents of local businesses.

Tracy (a long time family friend) gave the endorsement speech and (amongst other things) said:

David is intelligent, compassionate and has high-energy…. he’s collaborative and has a passionate interest in people.

David then spoke to the crowd and proved to be eloquent yet warm.  He said that his experience in Government taught him how to get things done. His current job requires extensive international travel and this has impressed on him the value and importance of community.

His most quotable quote was:

“I’m a good listener.  I do not have all the answers but I know people who do – You!” 

He’d make a good candidate.  Should be an interesting nomination contest. Stay tuned.

Tracey WestTracey WestDavid PicciniDavid Piccini

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