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Saint John East voters head back to polls for byelection

SAINT JOHN, N.B. – People in the New Brunswick riding of Saint John East head back to the polls today for a byelection called after the winning Liberal candidate in the September provincial election quit before being sworn-in.

Gary Keating won the seat by just nine votes but quit for health and family reasons.

Political scientist Tom Bateman from St. Thomas University says he doesn’t think the fact that none of the five candidates live in the riding will be a huge factor.

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He says it will come down to their knowledge of the local issues.

Progressive Conservative Glen Savoie is hoping to build on his close second place finish in September, while the Liberals have enlisted deputy mayor Shelley Rinehart to run for then.

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New Democrat Leader Dominic Cardy announced he would quit as leader after his party failed to win any seats in the general election.

But party members convinced Cardy to stay on as leader and run as their candidate in Saint John East.

The Green Party has chosen Sharon Murphy, who was the party’s candidate in the Sept. 22 election.

The People’s Alliance of New Brunswick has chosen Arthur Watson, who runs a small business in Saint John, as its candidate.

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