The Liberal Party of Newfoundland and Labrador announced today that, at the close of nominations for leader of the party, seven people submitted expressions of interest.
They include: Kevin Aylward, Brad Cabana, Bernard Coffey, Danny Dumaresque, Ryan Lane, Rodney Martin, and Charles Murphy.
Party president Judy Morrow said that commencing 2 p.m. today, the party will engage in a 48-hour consultation process that will reach out to Liberals across the province.
The executive board of the party will convene on Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Delta in St. John’s at which time candidates will have the opportunity to address the board.
Members of the board will consider feedback received through the consultation process and the presentations, then vote to determine the successful candidate.
“This is a step in the right direction to further grow and strengthen our party,” Morrow said in a news release. “I am thrilled by the high level of candidates that have come forward at this time. The selection of a new Leader will ensure Liberals are strong, united and ready to challenge the government in the upcoming provincial election.”
Nominations for leader opened on Wednesday following the resignation of Yvonne Jones as leader due to health issues.
Former Liberal cabinet minister Kevin Aylward stepped into the Liberal leadership race at the 11th hour today.
Speaking to The Telegram, Aylward said he's been looking to get back into politics for a little while, and now the time seems right.
Former Liberal cabinet minister Chuck Furey, who had been expected to announce his candidacy this morning, has decided not to run.
Nominations closed at noon today; the Liberal Party is expected to publish a formal list of the candidates shortly.
On Sunday, each of the candidates will make a presentation to the party's executive board, which will then vote on the new leader.
Updates to come.