Full slate of candidates confirmed for Avalon riding
The three main political parties battling it out to form the next federal government now have candidates in place for the Avalon riding.
Lorraine Barnett confirmed last Thursday she will run for the Conservatives. A native of Patrick’s Cove, Placentia Bay, she is the director of regional affairs for the province’s regional minister, Conservative MP Rob Moore.
It will be a busy campaign trail, with at least four other candidates also looking to claim Avalon.
Current MP Scott Andrews, a former Liberal member who was removed from the caucus over an alleged sexual impropriety, is running as an independent candidate this time around. He pre- viously secured the seat for the Liberals in the 2008 and 2011 general elections.
Liberal Ken McDonald, the current mayor of Conception Bay South, will also be on the ballot. NDP supporters recently selected Jeannie Baldwin to run in Avalon. She’s the executive vice-president for the Public Service Alliance of Canada for the Atlantic region. Jennifer McCreath, a political activist, is representing the upstart Strength in Democracy party, formed last year by two Quebec MPs who left their respective parties.
St. John’s lawyer Ches Crosbie previously offered to run for the Conservatives in Avalon, but the party rejected his proposed candidacy.
The fall federal election takes places Oct. 19.