Award-winning musician Joey Kitson has declared his intention to seek the Progressive Conservative nomination for District 12, Charlottetown-Victoria Park.
“Like a lot of Islanders I am troubled and concerned by the province’s debt that is taking dollars away from pressing needs in our school and health-care systems,” said Kitson. “I want to be part of a government that is focused on solutions that will give our young people a better future than what they face now.”
Kitson attended local city schools and is a graduate of Colonel Gray High School, the University of Toronto, Saint Francis Xavier University and Holland College.
Kitson has worked in the information technology sector for almost 15 years, first with the province of P.E.I. and presently with Holland College as a learning manager in the Computer Information Systems (CIS) program. Kitson and his wife, Nancy, have three teenaged children.
A multiple East Coast Music Award winner and Juno Award nominee, Kitson has performed as lead vocalist and co-manager with the popular Celtic rock group Rawlins Cross. He has also performed with the Confederation Centre of the Arts in several productions and volunteered his time and musical talents with community groups like Easter Seals Canada, P.E.I. Easter Seals, the Canadian Cancer Society’s Relay for Life, the IWK Telethon, and the Eastlink Telethon.
Among the issues Kitson wants to focus on as an MLA are supports for seniors, access to low-income housing, and support for small business and entrepreneurship. As a long-standing self-employed member of the Island arts community, Kitson also feels there are more opportunities to promote the tremendous cultural talents of Island artists.