Sudbury’s Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario candidate officially opened his campaign headquarters at 1764 Regent St. on April 28.
In a media release issued after the opening, Marc Despatie is quoted as responding to the group of volunteers and supporters that flanked him.
“It’s your belief in me that brought me into this race and that is driving this race. And it is your belief in me that will guide what I do as Sudbury’s next PC member of provincial parliament,” he said.
In the release, it’s noted that Despatie and his team have been knocking on doors and meeting constituents to hear what they have to say.
“The reception I’ve been receiving has been great,” Despatie said in his release. “People are eager for change. They want an MPP who gets things done. They want a member of parliament who sits on the government side of the house and who will have the opportunity to influence decisions. I’m so looking forward to bringing Sudbury’s voice to Queen’s Park.”
During the event, volunteer co-ordinator Lisa Demers said that after being out of the political game for a number of years, she decided that Despatie was a candidate worth returning to the fold for.
“He’s experienced, he’s a leader, he’s a listener, he’s a doer, and he cares,” she said in the release. “He’s the right person to represent Sudbury. That’s why I just had to help.”
The campaign headquarters is now open for business, where staff can answer questions, take lawn sign orders and provide information for volunteer opportunities and donations.
The latest information regarding campaign headquarters hours of operation is available at despatie.ca.
Despatie was named the Progressive Conservative Party’s candidate for Sudbury late last year, at which time Sudbury PC Riding Association president Fred Slade praised his education background and community involvement.
The candidate earned a master’s degree in planning from the University of Toronto, a bachelor of education from Memorial University and a bachelor of arts in history from Laurentian University. His experience in public affairs includes serving as director of Communications, Strategic Planning and Government Relations at Collège Boréal and a variety of positions at Ombudsman Ontario, as well as various roles in provincial government.
Ontario Liberal candidate for Sudbury, David Farrow opened his campaign office last weekend.
Ontario Green Party candidate David Robinson has also launched a campaign for Sudbury.
Ontario Party candidate Jason LaFace is also running for the seat.
The Sudbury riding is currently held by Ontario NDP MP Jamie West, whose party announced its election platform earlier this week.