Bennett, Ball and Parsons secure nods, Dempster and Dumaresque to face off in Labrador
Nominations were held in three districts for the provincial Liberals between Friday, May 2 and today (May 7) to determine candidates in the next provincial general election.
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When results were in, Carbonear-Harbour Grace MHA Sam Slade was the only name put forth for his district.
For some, it was no surprise that Slade went unchallenged, since he is a well-known member of the local community, and former mayor of the districtâ€™s largest municipality, Carbonear.
This will be the second time Slade has been unopposed to carry the banner. Two other potential candidates withdrew their names during the November 2013 byelection. Slade went on to win the district for the Liberals.
Slade will not be the only Liberal incumbent on a provincial ballot.
Jim Bennett, MHA for St. Barbe, was also unopposed in his district.
In Cartwright-Lâ€™Anse au Clair, incumbent Lisa Dempster has been challenged by Danny Dumaresque, a longtime Liberal supporter and former candidate for leader of the party.
The districtâ€™s nomination meetings will take place May 15, but deadline to sign up as a supporter of the party and vote for a candidate is May 10.
Meanwhile, in April, both Liberal leader Dwight Ball (MHA for Humber Valley) and MHA Andrew Parsons (Burgeo-La Poile) secured their places on the ballot as well.
The date for the next election has not yet been announced, but it is expected to take place within a year of the provinceâ€™s next premier, Progressive Conservative Frank Coleman, taking the role July 5.