Jones to seek Liberal leadership
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has served notice that she will seek the Liberal leadership when the party holds its convention in November.
Jones, the MHA CartwrightL’Ans e Au Clair, submitted her nomination forms to the party las Friday, July 9.
“I’m excited about this race to lead the party and I look forward to the convention,” Jones stated.
“ This will be a summer of meeting and working with Liberals, supporters and friends from across the province to continue building the party organization for the convention this fall and to be the foundation for the election in 2011.”
Jones has been at the party’s helm since shortly after the 2007 provincial election, during which the party was reduced to just three seats in the House of Assembly.
“My leadership will be focused on strengthening the great party which led our proud people into Confederation with Canada,” she added.
“I will devote my time, efforts and energy to draw attention to the needs of all people in the province, but particularly in rural areas. We deserve more than the Williams’ administration has been able to deliver.”
Yvonne Jones served as mayor of Mary’s Harbour, Labrador from 1991 to 1996. In 1996, she was elected to the House of Assembly as an independent candidate.
She later joined the Liberal caucus in the legislature and was re-elected in 1999, 2003 and 2007.
On Nov. 15, 2007, she was named the interim leader of the Liberal party, the first-ever female to hold the post.