Browne, who has been a political staffer for MP Judy Foot and the Official Opposition Research Office, defeated businessman Roger Jameson and Search & Rescue advocate Merve Wiseman to capture the Liberal nod in the newly created district of Placentia West-Bellevue on the first ballot.
The Burin Peninsula native, who has a honors degree in political science from Memorial University polled nearly 70% of the vote. He had won the nomination in Burin-Placentia West last fall but the unanticipated creation of an early Electoral Boundaries Commission resulted in the seat being amalgamated with much of Bellevue, setting the stage for a new nomination.
The monkey wrench only served to fuel Browne's desire to win. His is team out-organized the competition to deliver a very convincing win for the young up and comer.
At 22, Browne may well be the youngest candidate in this year's election.
Over 1800 people cast votes in the process.
Of all the platitudes brought forth every time there ’s a nomination process, perhaps none is more sacred than, “The people have spoken.”
Liberals in the districts of Carbonear – Trinity – Bay de Verde and Placentia St. Marys will choose their candidates on Wednesday and Thursday nights.