Slade among Liberal nominees unopposed for next provincial election

Melissa Jenkins
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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.


Sam Slade

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 district’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-L’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 district’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 province’s next premier, Progressive Conservative Frank Coleman, taking the role July 5.

Geographic location: Labrador, Cartwright, Humber Valley

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  • supporter
    May 08, 2014 - 06:58

    Finally, Finally, Finally the Compass has done an article on the highly supported Sam Slade. Since being elected he has hid in the shadows. Then again besides a few incidental speeches, he has done nothing for our district thus far. When is all the much needed money our District needs? Where is the important work grants, our residents need? What additions have you made to our District? Pitiful.

    • hogwash
      May 08, 2014 - 11:08

      Poor choice of words. Everyone knows it will take Sam longer than others to get accustomed to the House. He will have trouble manoeuvring as an MHA but our District has received enough over the past few years, and other districts are due their turn. Give him his due, he keeps competing and continues to look good. Who cares what Carbonear-Harbour Grace gets, he looks good and we don't care. Be happy for the small guy and stop creating talk. He might not get anything but we the residents don't care a lot.