Cobourg Councillor Nicole Beatty today announced that she will seek the nomination of the Liberal party as its candidate for Northumberland Peterborough South in the June 2022 Provincial election. The MPP currently in the riding is Conservative David Piccini – at the last election he was opposed by Liberal candidate Loui Rinaldi who had held the seat off and on since 2007 and I’d guess he won’t want to run again. In the last Municipal election, Nicole received the most votes and has been quite active in her role as Councillor so looks like a strong candidate. The next Council election will be October 2022 so if she wins the nomination and wins the Provincial vote, she would be leaving Council a few months before the end of her term. It’s not clear whether she can simultaneously campaign for a seat as an MPP while remaining a Councillor – but first she needs to win the nomination as Liberal Candidate.
Her announcement provided some indication of why she could win both the nomination and the Riding.
Nicole was born and raised in Cobourg and as well as being active as a Councillor, she is also the CEO of her own community development and project management company (see links below for more).
Her announcement says that she:
Has been an advocate for positive change and collaboration through her work on the Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority board, as Co-Founder of Cultivate Festival, as the volunteer Executive Director of Local Food for Local Good and in her company.
“I’m proud to call the Northumberland-Peterborough South riding my home. I believe my community work, business experience and leadership roles make me a strong candidate to represent my family, friends and neighbours, championing issues that affect their quality of life.”
“My decision to run in provincial politics is the best way for me to give back to a community that raised me and to help contribute to its future and the people that live here.”
She has provided an idea of what she stands for in her campaign.
- Enhancing supports for frontline and essential workers
- Attracting new industries that provide a living wage job
- Investing in our youth
- Facilitating partnerships to build mixed use housing and inclusive communities
- Protecting our agricultural land and supporting our farmers
- Reforming policy that puts small businesses at the forefront of our communities
- Strengthening our broadband infrastructure and transit networks
- Advocating for environmental sustainability and conservation
- Building capacity for education and mental health resources
- Remodeling long term and at-home care so our seniors can live with dignity and in comfort
Her next step will be to campaign inside the local Liberal Party to win the nomination. If you want to help with that, then go here. (It means you’ll be joining the party).
Both the Provincial and Municipal elections are not that far away – and there’s a lot of current talk about a Federal election. We can therefore expect more announcements before too long from other Candidates. The last Provincial election included other candidates who may well run again. Notably Jana Papuckoski (NDP) and Jeff Wheeldon (Green).
Nicole’s Web site links
- Linked-in – Nicole Beatty
- Facebook – Nicole Beatty – personal
- Facebook – Nicole Beatty – business
- Twitter – Nicole Beatty
- Instagram – Nicole Beatty
- Cobourg Elections – previous results