David Piccini emerged as the winner of the nomination to become the Progressive Conservative candidate in the next provincial election for the new riding of Northumberland - Peterborough South.
The nomination meeting was held Saturday morning at the Port Hope Lions Centre, to a standing room only crowd. Voting took place from 10:00 a.m. to noon and was preceded by 10 minute speeches from each of the candidates.
Both Piccini and Rob Milligan sought the nomination and over the past month were interviewed by John Hill on 89.7’s Week in Review. Both interviews are available on podcast.
Milligan who ran for the Conservatives in 2011 and defeated Liberal MPP Lou Rinaldi lost to him in the 2014 election.
A total of 496 votes were cast at the meeting, representing an approximate turnout of 55 percent of members eligible to vote. Although party policy does not allow for the actual number of votes each candidate received to be disclosed, it was obvious early in the meeting which candidate many voters supported.
In his victory speech Piccini reiterated his commitment to fighting for affordable hydro prices, delivering high quality health care services to Ontarians, and providing better education for the riding’s youth.
While campaigning, Piccini said he heard from countless residents who are in despair over the increase in taxes and rising hydro prices.
He said that Liberal Premier Kathleen Wynne’s tax hikes and reckless spending spree on the backs of the hard-working people of Northumberland – Peterborough South was simply unacceptable.