Full slate of can­di­dates con­firmed for Avalon rid­ing

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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.





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