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Roger MacKay announced as the nominee for the Conservative Party in Central Nova

Roger MacKay shaking hands with well-wishers after it was announced that he will be the Conservative Party's nominee for Central Nova in the upcoming federal election.
Roger MacKay shaking hands with well-wishers after it was announced that he will be the Conservative Party's nominee for Central Nova in the upcoming federal election. - Brendan Ahern
NEW GLASGOW, N.S. —

Roger MacKay has won the nomination to be the Conservative candidate in Central Nova in the upcoming federal election.

“I’m awfully excited. I know there’s a long road ahead of me right now, and I believe there’s a lot of support here in Central Nova," said MacKay shortly after the announcement was made. "We’re certainly going to start hitting the roads and knocking on doors.”

It was a full house in the Summer Street Industries main hall where Conservative Party members in Central Nova came to decide on who will have the best chance of unseating Liberal MP Sean Fraser.

There was a 62 per cent voter turnout and the results were announced at 9:15 p.m. on May 25. MacKay defeated Wes Surrett, Harvey Henderson and Luke Young.

MacKay has been on the Westville Town Council since 1994 and has been mayor of Westville since 2008. He campaigned on his experience in meeting the needs of a rural communities and on what he sees as the need to provide employment opportunity and bringing down taxes.

For now, though MacKay had one thing on his mind.

“I’m going to go home and go to bed, because it’s been a long weekend.”

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