Local Conservative party members are scoring a “first” within the party as they choose their candidate for the next federal election. Riding Association president – Jake Stackhouse – tells newsysj.ca this is the first riding association in the country to use a secure online voting process. He says over 60-percent of the 1000-registered members have opted to use the online voting process.

Two candidates are in the running – local lawyer and former Saint John mayor Mel Norton and Faytene Grasseschi with a background in business and lobbying on Parliament Hill.

Stackhouse says this is the first contested party nomination in the riding for a very long time and both candidates have been working hard to sign up supporters. He says he is “excited to have this kind of interest.”

Online voting is open now and there will also be a drive through voting option on Saturday at the Diamond Jubilee Cruise terminal on Water Street with the winner being announced sometime Saturday evening.