A St. John's teacher has won the nomination for the governing Progressive Conservatives in a Tory stronghold.
Ed Buckingham defeated three other challengers on Thursday night to take the Tory nomination in St. John's East district.
The PC party said Buckingham's nomination completes the party slate heading into the campaign for the Oct. 9 general election. Premier Danny Williams is expected to launch the campaign on Monday.
Buckingham, a students' union president at Memorial University in the early 1980s, has been involved in Tory politics throughout his adult life.
Buckingham received 453 of the 1,067 votes cast in a nomination race that felt like an election itself in the district, which is in the heart of the capital.
Buckingham's nearest rival, businessman David Crosbie, had plastered election-style signs in neighbourhoods around the district. Buckingham lacked the high-profile signage, relying instead on old-fashioned techniques, including lining up supporters by phone.
Crosbie polled 363 votes. Rivals Kevin Heffernan and Sandy Hickman placed third and fourth respectively.
St. John's East, which had been known as St. John's Centre for decades before a mid-1990s redistribution, is held by retiring Tory cabinet minister John Ottenheimer.
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