James Finnie, left, is shown with Gary Burrill, the provincial NDP party leader, during a recent nomination meeting for Colchester North. Finnie will represent the party in the next provincial election. Submitted photo

James Finnie is eyeing the Colchester North MLA position and hopes to win it for the NDP.

Finnie was chosen during a nomination meeting recently, which saw 50 people attend and choose between Finnie and Corey Matheson.

“I would like to thank the many, many people who turned out for tonight’s vote,” said Finnie in a press release. “I look forward to the important job ahead of providing a voice that really represents the people of Colchester North.”

The provincial party’s leader, Gary Burrill, attended the event, as did Truro-Bible Hill-Millbrook-Salmon River MLA Lenore Zann, and Danny Cavanagh, president of the Nova Scotia Federation of Labour.

“In James Finnie, the NDP will offer the people of Colchester North a strong, clear voice for making the investments in our people that are required,” said Burrill. “The McNeil Liberals only have one idea – balancing the budget – and they are willing to pay any price, including cutting funding to nursing homes and undermining public education, in order to make it happen.”

Finnie was born in Scotland. He visited Colchester County nine years ago, falling in love with the area, and decided to make it home. He and his wife, Linda, and their youngest son, Argyll, live in East Mountain. The couple’s four other adult children and one grandchild live in the United Kingdom.

An avid volunteer in the community, Finnie has dedicated time with the local Ground Search and Rescue organization, and is currently the president of the Scots Society of Colchester. He’s also president of the first Colchester Highland Games and Gathering Society.

He received his Canadian citizenship in 2013.