Slade unopposed for Liberal nomination
There are four districts in the province that have secured a Liberal nominee for the 2015 provincial general election, but many other nominations have yet to be called.
Carbonear-Harbour Grace MHA Sam Slade was the only name put forth for his district by the May 7 deadline.
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.
Jim Bennett, MHA for St. Barbe, was also unopposed in his district.
In Cartwright-L’Anse au Clair, incumbent Lisa Dempster, who earned her seat in a 2013 byelection as well, has been challenged by Danny Dumaresque, a longtime Liberal supporter, former MHA and party president, as well as former candidate for leader of the party.
The district’s nomination meetings will take place May 15.
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.
Nominations opened last week for Virginia Waters, St. John’s South and Bay of Islands. Names were not available on Friday, May 9.
Meanwhile, Tony Menchions, a former deputy mayor and current councillor of the Town of Spaniard’s Bay, announced Tuesday he plans on seeking the nomination for the Liberals in a seat that is currently held by Progressive Conservative MHA Glenn Littlejohn.
“I am eager to announce that I am running for the Liberal nomination for the Port de Grave district,” Menchions wrote in a news release. “I have been involved with the party directly and indirectly for the past 20-plus years.”
Menchions, a member of the Celtic band Greeley’s Reel, served on the Spaniard’s Bay council as deputy mayor from 2005 to 2013. He is still a councillor for the town.
There have been many names discussed throughout the district who may consider the Liberal nomination, from town councillors to former educators, but Menchions is the first to announce his intentions.
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.