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Ray Hunter has represented a central Newfoundland district in the provincial house of assembly for the past 12 years. ((CBC))

Ray Hunter will be the Progressive Conservative candidate for the district of Grand Falls-Windsor–Green Bay South in next October's provincial election.

The MHA fended off a competitor Rex Barnes Wednesday night, winning the nomination with a comfortable majority.

He defeated Barnes 533 votes to 327.

Hunter has represented the district for 12 years.

Barnes, a former mayor of Grand Falls-Windsor, also sat as a federal MP.