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Carbonear Mayor Sam Slade will be announcing decision tomorrow on Liberal nomination.
Throws support for Liberal nomination behind Carbonear Mayor Sam Slade
In a dramatic and unexpected turn of events in the Carbonear-Harbour Grace in the race to elect a new MHA for the district of Carbonear-Harbour Grace, Don Coombs has confirmed today that he is bowing out.
The former Harbour Grace mayor, who lost his bid for re-election on Sept. 24, announced late last week he would be seeking the Liberal nomination, despite being a longtime Progressive Conservative supporter.
His plans have since changed.
Coombs told The Compass he will step aside and support Sam Slade for the Liberal nomination.
“Sam just had a huge mandate in the biggest town in the region,” Coombs said. “He deserves to be the next MHA of this district.”
Although there has not been a formal announcement from Slade, he did say he was “pleased” to have the support of a prominent figure in Harbour Grace.
Slade is going to be making an announcement at 2 p.m. tomorrow.
He did, however, say if he does run it’s going to be “a great race,” and wished Jamie Korab — a confirmed Liberal contender — the best of luck.
Korab wants the nod
Jamie Korab told The Compass in an email that he watched the Liberal party rebuild over the past few months and become a “real contender” for the 2015 provincial election.
“I do not want to watch that rebuilding from the sidelines,” Korab wrote. “I want to play my role in the rebuilding of the Liberal party.”
Slade, on the other hand, has been a Liberal supporter his whole life.
When asked what qualifies him for the MHA position, Korab said he “knows how to work on a team to achieve success. But more importantly I know how to put together a plan and execute (it).”
These two potential candidates are different in many ways — Slade is a lifelong fisherman and current mayor of Carbonear, while Korab is an Olympic gold medallist and works in St. John’s selling real estate.