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Nuttall's former executive assistant seeking Conservative nomination

Midhurst native says he has seen firsthand the hard work needed to serve Barrie-Springwater-Oro-Medonte
2019-04-15 Matthew Kelman
Matthew Kelman has announced he will seek the Conservative nomination in the federal riding of Barrie-Springwater-Oro-Medonte. Photo supplied


Matthew Kelman has announced that he is going to run for the Conservative nomination in Barrie–Springwater–Oro-Medonte (BSOM), replacing outgoing Member of Parliament Alex Nuttall.

“MP Nuttall leaves large shoes to fill. I would know, because I worked as his Executive Assistant in Ottawa for the past four years. Through my experience, I developed a deep understanding of the federal system, policy, and heard first hand the issues that matter most to BSOM residents.”

Matthew Kelman’s passion for Barrie – Springwater – Oro-Medonte runs much deeper than the past four years – its home to him.

Growing up in Midhurst, his grandparents owned a cattle farm in Edgar with roots in the area for over a century. Matthew attended high school in Barrie and started his degree at Laurentian University’s Barrie campus before completing his degree in Political Science at Carleton University in Ottawa.

“I have seen first hand the hard work and commitment it takes to be an effective Member of Parliament and I am ready. I am ready to earn your trust and support through hard work and honesty and look forward to building on that trust as the next Member of Parliament for Barrie–Springwater–Oro-Medonte.”

Matthew appreciates the diversity of the riding, both geographically and demographically. He understands that with that diversity comes a need to support, represent, and be a voice of change for all residents.

The announcement was made official on Sunday with an event at the Edgar Community Hall.