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Party riding elections gathering steam

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Journal Staff

Local riding associations for the three main parties are gearing up for a federal election, to be held by Oct. 19.

The Liberals have two candidates seeking the party nomination in Sarnia-Lambton.

Elizabeth Wood McDonald is a retired high school teacher and two-term city councillor who has lived in Sarnia 43 years.

Her professional career included stints working or volunteering in Africa, Europe and Australia.

She is also a former president or board member with numerous local groups, including the Red Cross, Lambton Wildlife, Federation of University Women, OXFAM, International Symphony and the Sarnia Community Foundation.

Todd Case has served as mayor of Warwick Township since 2000 and was warden of Lambton County in 2003, 2004 and 2013-14.

With a professional background in business management and sales, Case has been a board member with the Sarnia-Lambton Economic Partnership, Tourism Sarnia-Lambton, Lambton College and the Western Sarnia-Lambton Research Park.

He announced his candidacy on Jan. 30.

NDP supporters will choose between Joe Hill and Jason McMichael at the party’s nomination meeting on Sunday, Feb. 8.

Hill, a retired Nortel employee, is an avid cyclist with many years of business and volunteer experience.

He’s a former board member with the Southwest Regional Credit Union, currently serves as chair of the Sarnia Environmental Advisory Committee, and is a member with the Bluewater Trails committee.

McMichael, a Bright’s Grove resident, was a professional golfer at Huron Oaks before becoming a border officer in 2000. As national vice-president of the Customs and Immigration Union he held labour relations and safety files Canada-wide.

McMichael is a social justice advocate who has worked with the party on border security and Great Lakes issues. He has taken a leave of absence from his job to pursue the nomination.

Party members vote Sunday at the Unifor Hall on Devine Street, with registration at 1:30 p.m.

As previously reported, Sarnia-Lambton Conservatives have three candidates hoping to become the Tory standard-bearer on Feb. 21.

Professional engineer Marilyn Gladu, financial controller Terry Nyp and financial advisor Pete Aarssen are seeking to succeed MP Pat Davidson, who announced last year she was stepping down.






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