Slade un­op­posed for Lib­eral nom­i­na­tion

The Compass - - FRONT PAGE - BY MELISSA JENK­INS melissa.jenk­

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.

Tony Men­chions

Sam Slade

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