Benoit seeks nod for NDP in SDSG

In this provided photo, Marc Benoit is seeking the nomination for the New Democratic Party in Stormont-Dundas-South Glengarry. The nomination meeting will be held May 8, 2018. (NDP riding association via Newswatch Group)

SDSG – Six weeks before Ontario voters go to the polls, local New Democrats have someone who will possibly be their candidate for the provincial election.

Marc Benoit announced tonight (April 26) he will be seeking the nomination in Stormont-Dundas-South Glengarry for the June 7 vote.

The 29-year-old, originally from Russell, Ont., is a local NDP organizer, freelance reporter, and former international student advisor at St. Lawrence College.

Benoit was involved in finding affordable transit options for college students as a student union president and helped international students find housing, jobs and integrate in the community.

He has lived in Cornwall since 2013.

“I strongly believe in Andrea Horwath’s vision for Ontario,” Benoit said in a statement. “The Ontario New Democrats’ plan for our province is the only one that makes sense for people like me, that is people who have to work to get by, and for the province’s fiscal sustainability. You might say we have big promises that people need, but we also have a plan to fund our programs responsibly, without putting the onus on working Ontarians.”

The nomination meeting is May 8 at 7 p.m. at the Navy Veterans Association on Sixth Street East.