It’s official – Gary’s campaign off and running!

Gary McHale was advised this morning that his nomination documents have been reviewed and accepted by Elections Canada. He is now recognized as an independent candidate in the race to see who will represent the people of Haldimand-Norfolk.

Approximately 140 registered voters in various areas of the riding – including Caledonia, Dunnville, Simcoe, Delhi and York – signed his nomination papers even though only 100 names are required. 

Media interest has been high all across the riding. Diane Finley is being warned not to take Haldimand-Norfolk for granted with Gary in the race:

Residents of Haldimand — a bastion of conservatism — who are angry about ongoing native land claims in that county will have a place on the ballot where they can register their displeasure. McHale will siphon votes from all candidates, but Finley in particular. Our cabinet minister is in for a rude surprise if she tries taking Haldimand-Norfolk for granted.
Simcoe Reformer, Sept 09/08: The plot thickens
 

Yesterday, Al Sweeney of CHCH News spent about one hour with Gary prior to airing a profile on him – Caledonia activist running. Please refer to the ‘Gary in the News’ page for additional story links.

Gary is looking forward to meeting and speaking to voters in the coming weeks. Now that his candidacy is official the campaign can accept much-needed donations to help meet election expenses. If you would like to donate or contribute some of your time, see ‘Gary needs your help.’

Requests for lawn signs are already coming in. They will be fulfilled ASAP once funds are available for printing.

Please check back often for updates.

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