New at­tor­ney gen­eral eye­ing Pla­cen­tia-St. Mary’s

Man­ning, Gam­bin-Walsh and Deon will face off for seat in 2015

The Compass - - NEWS - BYMELISSA JENK­INS Melissa.jenk­

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.

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