Former Saint John Mayor Mel Norton is the Conservative party candidate in the federal riding of Saint John – Rothesay. Norton topped challenger Faytene Grasseschi during online voting earlier this week and a drive through vote today.

Riding Association president – Jake Stackhouse – says 88-percent of the registered membership voted – he calls it “unprecedented turnout for this riding.”

Norton served one term as mayor and did not seek re-election in 2016. Later that same year he ran for the provincial Conservative party leadership and was defeated by now Premier Blaine Higgs on the third ballot.

The riding is currently held by Liberal MP Wayne Long who is in his second term.