Huron-Bruce Provincial Liberal candidate Don Matheson (Jordan MacKinnon photo)

Huron-Bruce Provincial Liberals Pick Candidate For 2018

A Saugeen Shores councillor wants to make the jump to provincial politics.

Don Matheson has been acclaimed as the Liberal candidate in Huron-Bruce for next year’s provincial election, which will be made official on January 6 in Lucknow, when the party holds its nomination meeting.

The Southampton native says running provincially has always been something he has had his eyes on.

“From the time I was in school, my history teacher got us interested in all of what happens in Canada, and with my first term on council, I got a taste and I wanted to do a little more,” says Matheson. “This was an opportunity that opened up, and I thought, why not try it?”

Matheson says he expects many of the usual topics to dominate the campaign, predicting nuclear energy and likely wind energy will be main topics, as well as health care and eduction.

He will be challenging two-term incumbent Lisa Thompson of the Progressive Conservatives in Huron-Bruce, while the NDP have yet to nominate a candidate.

Matheson says he is working on getting his campaign team together, and they will hit the campaign trail as soon as the nomination is official.

“Just getting the campaign team ready, we’ll be ready to announce everything on January 6 when we have the nomination meeting in Lucknow,” says Matheson. “And then it’s out knocking and meeting people, getting the word out, letting them know who I am.”

Matheson is currently employed as a teacher at Saugeen District Secondary School in Port Elgin, and is also the general manager of the WOAA Senior Hockey League’s Saugeen Shores Winterhawks.