A former newspaper editor is the Liberal nominee for Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound.
Michael Den Tandt, 53, won candidacy for the October general election at the Liberal party's nomination meeting at the Harry Lumley Bayshore Community Centre last night.
In total, the local riding association says 340 ballots were cast. Den Tandt defeated two others vying for the nomination, Meghan Lipka and Rod Anderson.
Den Tandt was editor of the Owen Sound Sun Times from 2006-11. He currently resides in Owen Sound with his family.
With the retirement of longtime Conservative MP Larry Miller after 15 years in office, Den Tandt believes the riding is ready for a change.
"We've had 15 years of management, so to speak, by a Conservative MP. And we have a Conservative MPP," Den Tandt explains. "We have problems in this area that have not been addressed. We have challenges we have to face that have not been faced."
Den Tandt points to access to transportation, housing affordability, the opioid crisis and income inequality as some of the issues facing constituents in Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound.
"The fact that lots of people in this area are working but not getting by, or having trouble getting by, because they can't afford the house, or can't afford the rent," says Den Tandt. "These are issues that the Liberal government is working on addressing."
Den Tandt is the fifth candidate to join the federal election race in Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound. Alex Ruff is the Conservative candidate, Chris Stephen is running for the New Democrats, the Green Party nominee is Danielle Valiquette and Bill Townsend is for the People's Party.