Health Minister Jerome Kennedy confirmed for media today in St. John’s that he will not seek the leadership of the provincial Tory Party in the upcoming leadership race.
Kennedy said that after discussing the issue with his family — wife and two teenage children — he decided fairly quickly he would not run for the leadership. However, he will seek re-election in the next provincial election.
Kennedy also said he is encouraging current Premier Kathy Dunderdale to seek the leadership of the party and, if she does, he will support her.
The health minister also noted that Education Minister Darin King is expected to make an announcement soon regarding his political intentions. Reports suggest King has also decided not to seek the leadership of the party.