Placentia-St. Mary’s sees red

Melissa Jenkins
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Sherry Gambin-Walsh defeats PC Judy Manning

An eruption of applause greeted Liberal Sherry Gambin-Walsh at the Royal Canadian Legion in Placentia after her victory in the provincial election tonight.

The new MHA for Placentia-St. Mary’s succeeds Progressive Conservative Felix Collins, who retired from politics this year. She more than doubled former unelected justice minister PC Judy Manning in votes. NDP candidate Peter Beck was a distant third place

With Ray Lake song “There’s gonna be a time tonight” blasting in the background, Gambin-Walsh high-fived and hugged those in attendance.

“You have chosen a new government tonight,” she told the crown of some 50 suppporters. “The new district of Placentia-St. Mary’s has spoken. I will be your Liberal member of the House of Assembly.”

Before getting to her thank yous, Gambin-Walsh reiterated something she had said over and over again during the campaign.

“Our campaign did not have a lot of money, we did not have a lot of experience,” she explained. “But this is what hard work, positive politics and a good strong team can do.”

The crowd, which consisted of all age groups, broke into cheer.

A resident of North Harbour, St. Mary’s Bay, Gambin-Walsh is married and has two children. As a resident of the district, she said she wants to promote the quality of life for all residents.

“Together we will make this district a better place to live in,” she said. “Tonight is a night of celebration.”

Geographic location: Placentia, North Harbour

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