George Nikolaou may only be running in his first election, and the Conservative nominee for the Halifax riding in the upcoming federal election is already hard at work, going door-to-door and to as many events as possible.
Nikolaou, the son of Greek Orthodox immigrants, has been actively involved in the Halifax business scene for many years, currently helping run the company Adelphia Electric with his brother.
However, he only recently decided to become an active part of the political scene, spurred on by the financial climate.
“It’s been a plan now for five to six years. The economy was booming at the time, but I quickly realized that it wasn’t going to last, and we were going to go into hard times,” he says.
“When it happened, that’s when I said, ‘Okay, I’ve got to get involved.’”
He decided to submit his name to the Conservative Party for nomination, and the party that he calls a “perfect fit” accepted him.
“Their ideals of fiscal responsibility, hard work, preventative medicine and family values line up with my ideals,” he says.
Nikolaou admits that he was surprised that an election was called, “now that we’re in it, we’ll roll with the punches.”
Now that the election is in motion, Nikolaou and his hard-working staffers have been in the process of setting up their campaign headquarters.
The vast building is home to a cacophony of drills, while advocates work around the clock to make the offices fully operational. In fact, the building still doesn’t have operational phones, which Nikolaou hopes to have set up by Monday.
Despite the technological handicaps, however, the Nikolaou campaign is plowing full speed ahead. They have already begun massive amounts of door-to-door canvassing, and Nikolaou plans to attend “every event I can.”
“I’m very happy with the response I’ve been getting from people,” he says. “I’m told that some people will yell at you, but I just plan on being myself.”
Lifelong Haligonian Nikolaou, a self-described “socially progressive fiscal conservative” who counts Barack Obama, Vladimir Putin and his father among his political role models, feels strongly that he’s the right man to represent Halifax in the House of Commons.
“I’m here to work for Halifax,” he says. “I work hard, and I have a great love for the city.”
As an avid soccer player, he understands the value of teamwork, and says he is willing and able to bring that ethic to the House.
“Soccer’s been a big part of my life all my life, and you quickly realize that there’s no I in team,” he says.
“At the end of the day you need to understand that you need your teammates to get things done.”
Nikolaou describes the lessons he’s learned from serving as president of the St. George’s Greek Orthodox Community of Halifax.
In the end, Nikolaou is excited to progress through the campaign; he’s excited to get out, meet his constituents and sway their votes.
“When they told me that your job for the next six weeks is going out and talking to people, I said, ‘That’s a job? Alright, I’ll take it’,” he says.
“I want everyone to know who I am.”
Nikolaou introducing himself to a Spryfield resident.
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