PC cabinet minister yet to make final decision on candidacy
Municipal Affairs Minister Steve Kent, the MHA for Mount Pearl North, confirmed today he has yet to rule out a run for the premier’s chair.
In an emailed response to questions from The Telegram, Kent says he is seriously considering putting his name forward for the PC leadership race.
“At this time, I am giving serious consideration to running for the leadership of the Progressive Conservative Party of Newfoundland and Labrador,” he states. “This decision is one I am making with careful deliberation, and discussion with my family, my constituents, and my fellow MHAs.
“Ultimately, I want to do what's best for our party and our province.”
Several of Kent’s fellow cabinet members have already ruled out their own play for the leader’s chair — including Susan Sullivan and Kevin O’Brien — in the wake of the resignation of Kathy Dunderdale and the appointment of Tom Marshall as interim premier.
That said, plenty of names with longtime party ties are being floated as potential contenders.
“I am encouraged to see strong interest in this process, both internally, within our party and externally and I look forward to an exciting campaign and convention,” Kent states.