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Jodie Jenkins to seek Conservative MP candidacy

Jodie Jenkins

Jodie Jenkins

Jodie Jenkins, 38, will seek the Conservative nomination for the new federal Bay of Quinte riding. The 38-year-old is currently serving a first term on Belleville council.

“After much deliberation, I am excited to announce my intention to seek the nomination for the new Bay of Quinte Riding,” said Jenkins.

Jenkins has previously ran as an NDP candidate in two provincial elections. With a likely nomination meeting to choose the candidate this fall or early next spring, Jenkins said it would not be appropriate to seek re-election to Belleville council.

“To be fair to my constituents and to others who might be considering a run for Belleville council, I need to make my intentions clear now,” he said. “I sincerely thank all of those who voted for me in the last municipal election, and all of those who have shared their vision of Belleville with me over the past three and a half years. It has been an honour to serve my community. This is not stepping away from my constituents, but hopefully continuing to serve them at a different level.”

Current MP Conservative Daryl Kramp has announced he will seek re-election in the northern part of the new neighbouring riding for the 2015 Federal election. With federal redistribution, 30 new ridings were created. Bay of Quinte comprises Belleville south of the 401, Quinte West, and Prince Edward County. Rick Norlock has been representing Quinte West.

Jenkins notes both the MPs ridings have received a substantial share of support from the federal Conservative government and he wants to ensure that support continues for the new Bay of Quinte Riding.

Jenkins notes federal funding has assisted many projects in the ridings including, but not limited to, the Veterans Bridge and Quinte Sports & Wellness Centre in Belleville, the Essroc Arena in Wellington, the Picton Waste Water Treatment Plant and the millions of dollars invested at CFB Trenton.

“Virtually every public project of note that has contributed to the Quinte Region’s economic stability in the last eight years has had either full or partial funding from the federal government. It is clear to me that at the federal level there is a real difference that can be made for our communities.”

Jenkins is the current vice-president of the Conservative Association for Bay of Quinte. A nomination meeting is to be held in fall of 2014 or early spring 2015 followed by a federal election in 2015.

The Liberal party selected Neil Ellis as their candidate last month. He is the current Belleville mayor.

Jenkins lives in Belleville with his wife Shauna, and daughter Jacobie.

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  1. judy kennedy says:

    How do you jump from NDP to NeoCon? Or is this a move toward a new compassionate Conservative movement? Feeling cynical, anyone?

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