New attorney general eyeing Placentia-St. Mary’s
Manning, Gambin-Walsh and Deon will face off for seat in 2015
Last week was an interesting one in provincial politics, with new premier Paul Davis coming under fire after he announced his cabinet Tuesday, Sept. 30.
In an unexpected move, Davis, a Progressive Conservative MHA, appointed previously unknown lawyer Judy Manning as attorney general.
Manning has also taken on several other ministerial roles, including Public Safety ( formerly the Justice Department), the Status of Women, and Fire and Emergency Services.
The biggest surprise was when Manning declined to run in either of the upcoming byelections in Trinity-Bay de Verde and Conception Bay South. Another byelection will be called once former premier Tom Marshall resigns his seat in Humber East. She has no interest in that seat, either.
Manning announced that she will be seeking the seat in Placentia-St. Mary’s for the PCs in the next general election. It has yet to be called, and could be up to a year away.
Manning has already come under scrutiny for her lack of experience in politics, for not being elected and for her short time as a lawyer in this province (she’s practiced here since 2013).
The appointment of Davis’ cabinet came the same day as the nomination vote for the Liberals in the district Manning will seek. Four people vied for the chance to carry the party’s banner into the next election.
The selected Liberal candidate is Sherry Gambin-Walsh, who beat out Larry Foley, Des Linehan and Edward Moore for the spot on the ballot.
The NDPs were ahead of the game, with Jenn Deon, a businesswoman, having already announced her intentions to run via social media and a webpage several months ago.
The election may be up to a year away, but Placentia-St. Mary’s is going to be a district to watch in the next election.