Less than two hours before the deadline,
St. John’s businessman Paul Antle filed his nomination papers and entered the Liberal leadership race.
Antle is the latest addition to a crowded field — interim leader Dwight Ball, MHA Jim Bennett, former MHA Danny Dumaresque and businesswoman Cathy Bennett have all put themselves forward already.
Speaking to The Telegram Friday afternoon, Antle said he’ll formally launch his campaign next week.
“There’s a lot of reasons why I want to get into the race and I can easily outline all of those for you next week when we do the full press conference. Right now, this week my focus was just getting through the mechanics of getting the nomination papers in place, making sure my team was in place and ready to go,” he said.
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‘Something I’ve wanted to do’
Antle ran federally for the Liberals in 2006, and his name has been tossed around as a leadership candidate in the past.
“It’s always been something that I’ve wanted to do. I wanted to put myself out for public service to the people of the province and to the Liberal party,” he said. “I believe that politics, your personal life and your career only intersect a few times in your lifetime, and this is one of those times.”
Nominations closed at 5 p.m. Friday.
Antle, Ball, Bennett, Bennett and Dumaresque now have the summer to sign up members and supporters. In November, party members and supporters will cast their votes and pick a new leader.