Liberals tap Huffman as federal candidate

The opportunity Waterford-area voters presented Kim Huffman to represent them at Norfolk council last fall has presented itself in turn as an opportunity to serve on an even bigger stage.Wednesday, Huffman confirmed she has been tapped by the Liberal Party Riding Association of Haldimand-Norfolk to run as the party’s candidate in this fall’s federal election.“As some of you may have already heard, I have been asked to run in the upcoming federal election for the Haldimand-Norfolk Liberal Party,” Huffman said on her Facebook page Wednesday afternoon.“To be clear and transparent, this was something that was not on my radar, nor did I seek it out.“After being asked, my family and I discussed this opportunity to its fullest extent. After much deliberation we decided to go for it!“I am honoured to represent both Haldimand and Norfolk and to bring an engaged, involved and fresh voice to this campaign and to Ottawa. If you have any questions or concerns please don’t hesitate to contact me directly.”Huffman was unavailable for comment after making her announcement. However, her Facebook posting received dozens of encouraging comments.“Good for you Kim,” said supporter Jean Leguee of Waterford. “You’re a go-getter.”Other advised Huffman to be cautious. One commentator reminded her that Liberal leader Justin Trudeau may be a feminist in name only, citing the example of two leading women in the Liberal caucus who have since been ousted and forced to sit as independents.“Jody Wilson-Raybould and Jane Philpott,” wrote Dave Montour, owner of Burlington Tire. “Be careful.”As it stands, Huffman will go head-to-head in the coming campaign against local Conservative incumbent Diane Finley. Local Greens and NDP have not yet announced their candidates. There is also a good possibility that several special-issue parties will enter candidates into the local race.MSonnenberg@postmedia.com

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