DEER LAKE — Dwight Ball says he is in it for the long term.
The 54-year-old Deer Lake resident is seeking the nomination to represent the district of Humber Valley for the Liberal Party of Newfoundland and Labrador in this fall’s provincial general election.
Ball sent out a tweet about his intention Monday morning.
It’s not the first time the pharmacist and businessman has run in the district.
Ball won a February 2007 byelection and in that fall’s general election lost the seat to Progressive Conservative Darryl Kelly.
“You know I look back at the 2007 experience to be a positive one,” said Ball. “I enjoy doing it and you know I’ve been involved in the community in lots of other things in the last four years and you know the energy is still there to do it.”
When he lost in October 2007, Ball said it was pretty much back to work for him, but he was still active in the party.
“I made the commitment to the party a long time ago to stay involved and do what I could.”
He said when the new year came his focus changed and has been approached by a lot of people asking him to run again.
If successful in the nomination, Ball will have role to play in helping the Liberal party rebuild.
“My role certainly first of all will be winning the district and then it will be to position the Liberal Party either as a strong opposition or certainly as a government, whatever the people decide in October.”
Ball said politics in the province has lacked a balance in the last few years.
“So, in that case it really doesn’t matter if it’s a Liberal government or a PC government,” he said. “I get the sense that people would rather see stronger opposition no matter what party it is.
“In the next four years we’re going to see political changes in many areas and so whatever role I can do there to encourage people to be more involved, that’s what I see myself doing.”
Ball said the issues he plans to focus on are Muskrat Falls, health care and affordable housing.
“And certainly lots of other issues that will surface now in the next few months as we meet and chat with people.”
Nominations for the district opened on Friday and will close at noon on Wednesday.
Nomination forms can be submitted to the Liberal Party of Newfoundland and Labrador, Suite 205, Beothuck Building, 20 Crosbie Place, St. John’s, NL, A1B 3Y8.
For more information contact the party office at 754-1813 or by email at email@example.com.