ST. JOHN’S EAST
Current MHA: John Ottenheimer (PC), who is not running again.
District profile: Relatively affluent. Includes the campus of Memorial University, the Churchill Square area, the lands between Military Road in south and Higgins Line in the North.
In the 2007 redistribution, gained 18 per cent of Virginia Waters as 16 per cent shifted to Signal Hill-Quidi Vidi.
Political history: Until 1996, the seat had been known as St. John's Centre; the former district of St. John's East is now largely in Signal Hill-Quidi Vidi.
2003: PC John Ottenheimer trounced Liberal George Murphy, taking just over 70 per cent of the vote to win a third term. Ottenheimer, who has held several cabinet portfolios, is retiring from politics after encountering health problems.
1999: Ottenheimer defeated Liberal Tom McGrath by 2, 215 votes.
1996: Ottenheimer defeated Liberal Hubert Kitchen, the incumbent from St John's Centre, by 649 votes.
1989-1996: Liberal Hubert Kitchen was elected twice in the former district of St. John's Centre, defeating PC Paddy McNicholas by 129 votes in 1989, when the Liberals took power.
1979-1989: McNicholas was elected three times in the district. He served for many years as speaker of the house of assembly.
1962-1979: PC Anthony Murphy held the seat for 17 years, and served as leader of the Opposition in the late 1960s against Liberal Premier Joseph R. Smallwood.
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