Twitter announcement promises "energy/passion"
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St. John's businesswoman Cathy Bennett announced on Twitter tonight she will be running for leadership of the provincial Liberal party.
It appears that St. John's businesswoman Cathy Bennett is throwing herself into the realm of politics, and running for the leadership of the Newfoundland and Labrador Liberal Party.
Bennett took to Twitter Monday night to post, “Time to take my energy/passion for NL to a new place - #Liberalleadership. With the support of family, Liberals & Team Cathy.”
The announcement was made shortly before 10 p.m. on Canada Day.
Last week, blogger Ed Hollett and the CBC reported that Bennett was considering a leadership run. Sources confirmed to The Telegram that somebody had picked up a nomination package on Bennett's behalf from Liberal Party headquarters.
An emailed statement on Bennett's behalf confirmed that she was thinking about it.
“Should Ms. Bennett decide to pursue the bid, it will be with the kind of focused commitment, passion and dedication that she has demonstrated as a successful business community leader," last week's statement said.
Bennett is the CEO of the Bennett Group of Cos. and was a board member of Nalcor between 2007 and 2012.
Nominations for the Liberal Leadership close this Friday. Already, interim leader Dwight Ball said he plans on running. On Friday, MHA Jim Bennett announced he'll join the race.
Former MHA Danny Dumaresque has told the media he plans on making an announcement on whether he'll be running at 11 a.m. Tuesday.