Marc Serré hopes to continue a long family history in politics with his announcement Friday to run for the Liberal Party of Canada nomination in Nickel Belt.
“This has been a lifelong dream and passion of mine,” Serré said.
His father, Gaetan Serré, represented Nickel Belt in Ottawa under Pierre Trudeau's first government. He was the riding's member of Parliament from 1968 to 1972.
Serré's uncle, Ben Serré, was also a federal Liberal, and represented the former ridings of Timiskaming-French River and Timiskaming-Cochrane from 1993 to 2004.
If nominated, the younger Serré would run under Justin Trudeau's 2015 push to become Canada's next Prime Minister.
“Justin is breathing new life into politics in general,” Serré said.
He added he hopes to do the same for the Nickel Belt riding, which he believes has stagnated under NDP MP Claude Gravelle.
“We need a member of Parliament that will advocate on our behalf and really push forward the ideas that we need for the area,” Serré said. “I think Nickel Belt needs to get out of the shadow of Sudbury.”
He said Nickel Belt needs a federal representative who will advocate for the region's mining supply and services sector on the international stage.
Serré has past political experience serving as a trustee with the Conseil scolaire catholique du Nouvel-Ontario and a municipal councillor in Sturgeon Falls.
He is a general sales manager with Eastlink and has a bachelor of commerce from Laurentian University.
So far, five people have signed on to be the next federal Liberal nominee in Nickel Belt. Most have not yet gone public.
Pablo Gil-Alfau, the principal at Confederation Secondary School, has also publicly filed for the Liberal Party nomination in Nickel Belt.