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Port Hoper throws his hat into the ring

Cecilia Nasmith

By Cecilia Nasmith, Northumberland Today

Port Hope resident David Piccini is the PC candidate for the Northumberland-Peterborough South riding.
VALERIE MACDONALD Northumberland Today

Port Hope resident David Piccini is the PC candidate for the Northumberland-Peterborough South riding. VALERIE MACDONALD Northumberland Today

PORT HOPE  - 

A Port Hope man officially launched his campaign Monday seeking the Progressive Conservative nomination for Northumberland-Peterborough South.

Having run in Ottawa-Vanier against a 20-year Liberal incumbent two years ago, David Piccini says political experience in an election and within government, combined with his current private-sector work in health care, create a springboard to winning the nomination and this riding in the upcoming provincial election.

“This experience leaves me in a better position (to win),” he said during an exclusive interview Monday morning, before the Monday night launch scheduled for the Best Western Cobourg Conference Centre.

“I've always had a huge passion and interest in politics...and I've always wanted to serve my community,” the 28-year-old hopeful said.

He is the first would-be PC candidate for the local riding to announce formally his intention of seeking the local PC nomination. The next provincial election is in the summer of 2018.

Piccini is the son of Port Hope architect Reno Piccini, and his mother Barbara heads up the junior school at Trinity College School in Port Hope.

He graduated from Ottawa University with a joint degree in political science and history, after attending Port Hope and area schools where he was born and raised.

Work experience after graduating includes being an international market analyst with Agriculture Canada and being a policy advisor with Service Canada.

“His next step was to the Office of the Minister of International Trade, working the with Honourable Ed Fast, where he contributed to key trade files, including the Canada-Europe Free Trade Agreement,” his media release stated.

The federal Conservative Party asked him to run in the Vanier contest. He learned a lot during that campaign, but was not successful against the long-time Liberal cabinet minister.

After leaving government work two years ago, Piccini said he went into the private sector as a policy advisory with the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, where he is currently employed.

He splits his time among Toronto, Ottawa and Port Hope.

Piccini said he started door-knocking about a month ago. What he is hearing from people in this riding, in particular, is about the high cost of hydro and the difficulties faced by seniors living on fixed incomes. Youth unemployment is another issue.

“The Wynne government has lost sight of what's important to everyday Ontarians,” he said.

“The (Liberal) government today is no longer an active player is the prospect of opportunity.”

Asked if he is aware of any other potential PC would-be candidates seeking nominations in this riding, Piccini said he can't speculate.

“What I am doing is focusing on what I can bring to this community,” he said, and that includes experience and a hard-work ethic.

Making life more affordable for Ontarians, is a key goal. Piccini said he opposes the government's direction, which is mortgaging the future of every person in the province.

“That's why I'm running.”