Telegram file photo of Kevin Aylward.
Updated: Former Liberal cabinet minister Kevin Aylward has been named leader of the Liberal Party of Newfoundland and Labrador.
The party's executive board has just voted for Aylward to lead the party into the Oct. 11 provincial election.
Speaking before he was officially named, Party President Judy Morrow stressed experience and political know-how in the reasoning for their decision.
Yvonne Jones, who recently stepped down from the leadership position because of health reasons, introduced Aylward to the crowd.
Speaking to the media following the announcement, Aylward said he intends to hit the ground running. After getting up to speed as quickly as possible, he said he will be touring the province later this week, and holding news conferences on various issues in different regions.
Aylward beat out six other contenders who put their names forward for the top job in the Liberal Party.
All of this comes less than a week after Jones stunned the political world by stepping down as party leader, citing health reasons.