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 DISTRICT: ST. JOHN'S EAST
Candidate Party Vote Count Pop. Vote X
John Ottenheimer Conservative 4151 70.13% X
George Murphy Liberal 862 14.56%
Bruce Clarke New Democrat 841 14.21%
Steve Durant Non-Affiliated 65 1.1%
 Last Update Tue Oct 21 10:57:10 NDT 2003 35 of 35 polls reporting


 

ST. JOHN’S EAST (34)

 

Candidates:
Liberal: George Murphy
PC: John Ottenheimer
NDP: Bruce Clarke
Non-Affiliated (Green) Steve Durant

Current MHA: John Ottenheimer (PC)

District Profile: The district of St. John’s East is relatively affluent. It includes the campus of Memorial University, the Churchill Square area, the lands between Military Road in south and Higgins Line in the North.

 

 


Candidate profiles:


PC John Ottenheimer was born on January 22, 1953 in St. John's. He went to St. Bon's and Gonzagal. He attended Memorial University and graduated with a BA, B. Ed. and M.Ed. He worked as a teacher and principal before attending the University of Windsor, graduating with a LLB in 1982. Ottenheimer practised law in St. John's from 1982 until being elected as the MHA for St. John's East District in 1996. He is currently the critic for education (primary, elementary and secondary).

Liberal George Murphy drives a taxi for a living. He built his public profile as a consumer advocate in his role as a leader of Consumers for Fair Gas Prices. He regularly surveyed regional, national and international petroleum prices to come up with the group’s analysis of what it thought gasoline prices should be in the province. He also advocated bringing in fuel tax rebates for people who use furnace oil to heat their homes.

Steve Durant, 20, is running as an independent for the Terra Nova Green Party Association. Originally from Ontario, he moved to St. John's in 2001. Durant is a fourth-year political science student at Memorial University. A former student newspaper editor, Durant says he has been an advocate on environmental and social issues.

 

 
 


Political History: This district had been a Tory stronghold with Bill Marshall as its member until Gene Long won it for the NDP in a 1986 byelection against Deputy Mayor Shannie Duff. It switched back to Duff and the PCs in 1989, but in a 1990 byelection, Jack Harris regained it for the NDP. With redistribution, Harris moved to Signal Hill-Quidi Vidi, where much of his support lay. It’s been Conservative for the past two elections.

1999: John Ottenheimer held the seat for the Tories in the 1999 election, defeating Liberal Tom McGrath by 2, 215 votes.
1996: In 1996, PC John Ottenheimer defeated Liberal Hubert Kitchen, the incumbent from St John's Centre, by 649 votes. Harris had run in the redistributed Signal Hill-Quidi Vidi.
1993: Harris was re-elected in 1993, defeating Liberal Joan Cook.
1990: In the December 1990 by-election, Jack Harris, the former NDP MP for St John's East, defeated Liberal Barbara Chalker by 740 votes.

 

 


 

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 Overall Election Results
Party E L T Pop. Vote %
PC 34 0 34 58.72%
LIB 12 0 12 33.19%
NDP 2 0 2 6.87%
OTH 0 0 0 1.22%
 Last Update Tue Oct 21 10:57:10 NDT 2003

 
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