Kenley seeking NDP candidacy

Jonathan Riley, Digby Courier
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Local businessman Dean Kenley seeks NDP nomination for the riding of Clare-Digby.

Digby businessman Dean Kenley announced Monday he will seek the NDP nomination in the newly formed provincial riding of Clare-Digby.

The founding nomination meeting for the riding’s NDP association will be held soon in Clare.

Kenley, owner of the Fundy Complex on Digby’s waterfront, has been active volunteering in the community, serving as chair of the Annapolis Digby Economic Development Agency, co-chair of Bay of Fundy Experience Centre organizing committee, and director of Digby Harbour Port Authority.

He sits on the Digby Area Tourism Association board, is vice-chair of Digby Scallop Days, and is chief instructor and owner of the Digby Karate Club.

In his announcement Monday, Kenley said key issues facing the community include industries and jobs.

“I’m eager to represent the interests of families and businesses in Clare-Digby. It’s important that we strengthen the area’s job opportunities and look at stimulating growth through partnerships,” he said.

In his experience as a business owner, no recent government has done more than the NDP to actively pursue economic development for the riding, he said. He is also pleased with the NDP approach to aquaculture.

“The NDP have been working extremely hard to assist rural Nova Scotia to identify quality projects and encourage economic development in the region. I’m eager to help that continue,” Kenley said.

Born in Digby, Kenley’s roots run down to Meteghan where his mother’s family originated and his grandfather Thomas L. Deveau worked on several of the iconic churches on the French shores. Kenley says he is proud of his family’s heritage.

Kenley lives in Digby County with his wife Nancy and four children.

Organizations: NDP, NDP association, Fundy Complex on Digby Annapolis Digby Economic Development Agency Bay of Fundy Experience Centre organizing committee Digby Harbour Port Authority Digby Area Tourism Association Digby Karate Club

Geographic location: Digby County, Clare, Nova Scotia Meteghan

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