Jamie Fox is ready to go to work in District 19 Borden-Kinkora.
On Tuesday night, his party, the Progressive Conservatives, was elected to lead P.E.I.
Fox held his seat easily in his home district. The former Borden police chief built and ran the “Esso by the bridge” for many years before entering politics.
Mary Webster volunteered to drive the candidate door-to-door for a day and a half during the campaign.
“It was very quiet. He was hardly in the car; he would run from house to house on foot. When he was in the car, he was on his phone responding to work-related emails,” said Webster.
She was with Fox and several dozen other volunteers at O’Shea’s pub in Kinkora for what turned into an election night celebration.
While others were raising a glass, Debbie Fox, Jamie’s wife, was in the district office busily working on paperwork when Fox went to find her for a photo.
In the 2015 election, Fox turned District 19 from red to blue. The district covers the Island from Kelly’s Cross to Borden-Carleton and west to North Bedeque.
Moving from the Opposition to the governing party doesn’t change the way Fox will approach his job as MLA.
“It’s all about the people,” he said. “I think we really need to look at the province as a whole… Every Islander needs to be part of the solution going forward. We need to engage Islanders. That’s something I tried to do over the last four years.”
Fox wants to continue his work in the department of Justice now that Bill 110 passed, requiring judges to have mandatory sexual assault education.
He’s also keen to get back to his projects like reforestation and preparing the infrastructure for climate change.
The wide scope of Fox’s work is what earned Webster’s vote.
“The days of a one-issue party are over,” she said.
Fox is ready to get back to the task at hand, he said.
“I was getting messages up ‘til a half an hour ago about road issues. Tomorrow that will not change for me.”