Two can­di­dates in place

Pend­ing by­elec­tion will see Sam Slade for Lib­er­als, Jack Har­ring­ton for PCs; NDP still seek­ing can­di­date

The Compass - - THE COMPASS - BYMELISSA JENK­INS Melissa.jenk­

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.

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