Olympic gold medallist will not run for Liberal candidacy
At the close of the Liberal nomination process for the anticipated Carbonear-Harbour Grace district byelection, Carbonear Mayor Sam Slade was the only nominee.
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Sam Slade will represent the Liberals in the upcoming byelection in Carbonear-Harbour Grace.
Olympic gold medallist Jamie Korab told The Compass today (Oct. 21) that he has decided not to pursue the candidacy for the Newfoundland and Labrador Liberal Party.
Although he has not disclosed his reasoning yet, he has confirmed he will give more details tomorrow.
Slade announced on his Facebook page that he will be carrying the Liberal banner for the byelection.
Nominations closed at noon today for those wishing to compete for the Liberal candidate position.
The seat was abruptly vacated earlier this month when former MHA Jerome Kennedy — a Progressive Conservative (PC) cabinet minister — stepped aside to return to his law practice.
Meanwhile, a PC candidate has also been selected.
Jack Harrington, Kennedy’s former assistant — was unopposed in the party’s nomination process.
Premier Kathy Dunderdale announced a byelection will be called in November, after a new leader has been chosen for the Liberal party.
None of the potential leaders announced they would seek nomination for the district, leaving some to ponder if the byelection will now be called at an earlier date.
There is still no word on nominations for the New Democratic Party.