NEW GLASGOW – Former municipal councillor and mayoral candidate Henderson Paris will be the NDP candidate for Pictou Centre.
Paris was voted in by NDP members in a contested nomination on Thursday, defeating the only other candidate nominated: Nova Scotia Community College faculty member John Atwater.
Atwater later moved that the election be declared unanimous.
“I am completely ecstatic that the membership has put their faith and trust behind me, which enables me to carry the banner for the NDP to become the next MLA for Pictou Centre,” said Paris. “Pictou Centre needs to have a breath of new life and energy and vision that I am committed to delivering to the residents of our communities. Together we can do this.”
A long-time New Glasgow resident, Paris founded the Run Against Racism in 1990.
He took time to thank members of his family for their support and for attending his nomination.
He also thanked St. Francis Xavier University student Dylan Thompson for suggesting him as a potential candidate.
He said the core values of the NDP are aligned with many of his guiding principles.
“The basic fundamental belief that the NDP actually care about their fellow human beings is morally and righteously humane, coinciding with my beliefs that all people need to be treated with respect and dignity that they rightly deserve in this very diverse province we call home,” he said.
Paris lauded NDP Leader Gary Burrill’s recent support for teachers’ demonstrations before the McNeil government legislated a contract while stressing how Pictou County needs a change in provincial representation.
“Henderson Paris is a strong addition to our team of NDP candidates,” said NDP Leader Gary Burrill. “He has heard the cry in Pictou Centre for something better, and will offer a vision and commitment focused on investing in people. I am thrilled to give him my welcome and congratulations.”
Paris will run in the next provincial election against PC incumbent Pat Dunn.