Two candidates in place
Pending byelection will see Sam Slade for Liberals, Jack Harrington for PCs; NDP still seeking candidate
The district of Carbonear-Harbour Grace is shaping up to have an exciting and interesting provincial byelection.
Political veteran and Carbonear Mayor Sam Slade was confirmed as the candidate for the Liberals for the area on Oct. 22, less than three weeks after former MHA Jerome Kennedy resigned his seat to return to his law practice.
In that short period of time, three potential candidates – Sam Slade, Don Coombs and Jamie Korab – stepped forward. Two retreated, leaving Slade as the banner carrier for the Liberal party.
Last week the district was caught off-guard after Jamie Korab, an Olympic gold medallist, stepped down.
Korab told The Compass Oct. 24, “something came up,” and it left him at odds on what he should do.
He said he spoke with family members, and came to the conclusion that he would withdraw his nomination. He has also not excluded the possibility of running in two or six years’ time, since he has always wanted to become involved in politics.
Korab did tell the team of people he had working on his campaign that he would not be running prior to his announcement, which, he said, was the only time during the three weeks he encountered negative reaction.
For now, Korab noted he would be spending time with his family, including his 10-week-old daughter, working as a real estate agent and do a bit of curling, non-competitively.
Meanwhile, in the midst of some party controversy, the New Democratic Party has begun recruiting a candidate for the district.
Harbour Grace Deputy Mayor Sonia Williams confirmed with The Compass she did have a meeting with the party Oct. 19, but no conclusive decisions have been made yet.
Williams has never been affiliated with any political party, but said she would consider the candidacy very carefully before making her choice.
The Progressive Conservative party was the first to put a candidate in place.
Former constituency assistant to Kennedy, Jack Harrington, was acclaimed as the PC candidate earlier this month.
A byelection is expected to be called after the Nov. 17 Liberal leadership convention.