Check Out My Campaign: Spotlight on Party Volunteers

It’s election day in Newfoundland! We felt the need to have some form of election coverage and decided to post a Q&A highlighting those behind the scenes; campaign volunteers. The Racket reached out to the four parties running candidates in the provincial election. Only the NDP and NL Alliance responded to our request.


NL NDP Volunteer: Eddy St. Coeur

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1. How did you get involved with the party? 

I've always appreciated the lens that the NDP Party has brought to issues. When Alison Coffin expressed to me her interest in being an NDP candidate, I signed up as a volunteer. 

3. What made you want to volunteer during the election? 

The prospect of having a party lead by Alison Coffin discussing topics in the house and contributing to law and policies being passed in our government was really the driver for me.

3. What have you been doing on the campaign trail? 

Day by day my involvement changes. My goal was to get my district's candidate, Alison Coffin's, voice in the House of Assembly, so I start each volunteer session by asking "What do you need?". Mostly I've been working on phone polling in the district. Having just moved into the district it's been a really great way to meet the neighbourhood.

4. What has been the biggest challenge? 

How fast the election was called and the impact it's having on voters who don't feel they've really had enough time to process what is being presented to them.

5. Of the people you have met, what has been the biggest issue facing Newfoundlanders in this election? 

Uncertainty. From what I'm hearing is that voters really don't know what the state of the province is, and where it's going. People know we're in debt, but numbers in the billions and how that impacts citizens like you and me is a hard concept to wrap your head around. But my favourite quality of Newfoundlanders and Labradorians is this attitude of "we've seen worse in our history, we will get through this too".

6. What would you say to anyone reading this and wanting to get involved in politics, whether as a volunteer or as a candidate? 

Get involved and spend the next four years listening. Pay attention, ask questions of your MHA. Incumbent members aside, any candidate from any party is trying to make a case for change in our province - and this year is an example of how quickly someone can need to jump into action. Each one of these people has had to pull together volunteers, resources, financing, and get out to meet their neighbours and try and in earnest to make a contribution to our province through becoming their district's representative in Goverment.

7. Have you ever considering running? Has volunteering changed your mind either way? 

Volunteering in elections has shown me that to be a candidate at any level of government is not for the faint of heart. You openly ask to be questioned on every move you make, and you open up your life, your family, and your skills to become part of the court of public opinion. I'd be honoured to bring what insight I had to the legislative process as a Member, but haven't considered running.

8. What would you say to any undecided voters who might be reading. Why should they support your party now or going forward? 

For years I've been able to work closely with Alison Coffin. I cannot put into words how valuable I believe a team under her leadership will be to the House of Assembly. Her expressed drive has always been a better future for our entire community.

NL Alliance Volunteer: Andrea Newbury

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  1. How did you get involved with the party?

I was asked by Graydon Pelley, my father, to help with his campaign.

2. What made you want to volunteer during the election?

Of course to help my Father, but also because someone was finally starting to talk about common sense government and working with the people of NL instead of coming in with these big empty promises and then failing to deliver. Things have to change for the people of NL. We're on a downward spiral and the lack of faith people have in government is astounding.

3. What have you been doing on the campaign trail?

I have been managing aspects of the campaign, doing behind the scenes coordinating, scheduling, organizing events, gathering information to answer the numerous questions from different groups, helping with social media, [and also] going door-to-door on occasion. Being a grassroots movement, it is basically an “all hands on deck” type thing and everyone helps out whenever and wherever you're needed. We may be “the new kids on the block” but the effort and passion by everyone involved is amazing and a big motivator for me.

4. What has been the biggest challenge?

We all know what it takes to run a campaign and the amount of manpower, funds, etc. So, having limits to those things definitely pose challenges. But like I said, I am amazed and so proud with how far the NL Alliance has come in such a short amount of time. And it's all because people are desperate for a positive change within our political system here in NL.

5. Of the people you have met, what has been the biggest issue facing Newfoundlanders in this election?

Honestly, everyone has brought up various things and a lot all tied to the mismanagement of funds and our debt, but I feel THE biggest issue facing Newfoundlanders and Labradorians in this election is their feelings of hopelessness and lack of trust toward government.

6. What would you say to anyone reading this and wanting to get involved in politics, whether as a volunteer or as a candidate?

I'd say, do it! NOTHING is going to change without everyday people standing up and being the change.

7. Have you ever considering running? Has volunteering changed your mind either way?

I have considered running, and if my circumstances were different, I most likely would have. Right now my young family is my top priority, but I can say there is a high probability of me running in the future.

8. What would you say to any undecided voters who might be reading. Why should they support your party now or going forward?

I get it, I really do. I get not knowing whose hands you want steering the ship when it seems everyone who has tried has steered in the wrong direction. I would say this though; the NL Alliance has no hidden agenda, no ties to big business, no other reason for existing other than to give the people of NL back their voice. We realize that the NL Alliance has no chance of forming government this time around but they can hold government accountable in the House of Assembly. They can be a voice of reason. It is NOT supposed to be about the party or what colour you represent. It is supposed to be about the people of our province. Leader Graydon Pelley is the real deal and if people will give him a chance, they will see just what true leadership is supposed to look like.


Polls are open across the province today 8:00 am until 8:00 pm. For more information such as polling locations, visit the Elections NL website.