Voters in the Terra Nova district will have an option in the N.L. Alliance for the provincial election on May 16.
Clarenville native Barry Moores has put his name forward as a candidate for that party.
Initially looking to volunteer for the party, as Moores says he identifies with their platform of independent representation, the opportunity to run for MHA came by chance.
“I lean towards (politics) because I’ve been fascinated and intrigued and involved in it since I was very, very young,” Moores told The Packet.
Having grown up on Tilley’s Road in Clarenville, Moores’ career took him from journalism to teaching to writing, including starting his own media agency company, working in a college in the province and, more recently, self-publishing a book.
He is also well-known as an advocate for those with multiple sclerosis. Moores has spoken publicly about health care and benefits for those in similar circumstances, and has been a vocal critic of the amalgamation of the health boards.
Asked why he ultimately decided to go ahead as a candidate, Moores says the N.L. Alliance agenda matches up with his line of thinking, calling the group an option for voters.
“If you could get the skullduggery and the small-time banditry of the political parties out of this, we have 40 members for half a million citizens here … There’s no reason why 40 independent individuals cannot make a better decision for this province.”
He says he hopes to change the way people think about representative democracy.
The incumbent MHA in Terra Nova is Liberal Colin Holloway, who won the seat by defeating PC Sandy Collins in the 2015 provincial election.
Lloyd Parrott is the Progressive Conservative candidate.