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Harbour grace Deputy Mayor Sonia Williams
Harbour Grace Deputy Mayor considering candidacy in byelection
The Compass has learned the New Democratic Party (NDP) has begun recruiting for the Carbonear-Harbour Grace byelection.
Sources confirm Harbour Grace Deputy Mayor Sonia Williams met with representatives of the NDP on Saturday, Oct. 19.
During the meeting Williams was asked if she would consider running in the byelection for the NDP.
When contacted by The Compass, Williams confirmed a meeting took place, but has not responded to the inquiry yet.
She confirmed she has not been publicly affiliated with any political party in the past.
This is one of the many interesting events that has taken place over the past few weeks, after former Progressive Conservative MHA for the district, Jerome Kennedy, resigned from his post.
Other significant twists have included former Harbour Grace mayor Don Coombs and Olympic gold-medallist Jamie Korab confirming a run for the Liberal candidacy. Both stepped aside to allow Carbonear Mayor Sam Slade carry the party banner.
Meanwhile, this recruitment for the NDP comes at a time when media outlets across the province are reporting all remaining four members of the caucus — excluding party leader Lorraine Michael — have confirmed they would like to have a leadership convention next year.
A byelection has yet to be called for the district.