Former MHA John Ottenheimer is the first candidate to file his nomination papers in the second go-around for the PC leadership race.
Ottenheimer, a representative for St. John’s East from 1996 to 2007, filed his nomination papers today. A lawyer by trade, he served in former premier Danny Williams’ cabinet as a minister for health, education and intergovernmental affairs.
Progressive Conservative Party of Newfoundland and Labrador executive director Sharon Vokey confirmed today her office received the papers, adding Ottenheimer is the first potential candidate to do so since details for the new campaign were announced last Friday.
A new leadership race became a reality for the party after Corner Brook businessman Frank Coleman announced last Monday he was leaving politics because of a family matter.
Coleman was the only candidate remaining for the PC leadership at the time and set to become leader at an annual convention for the party next month.
Ottenheimer has not been confirmed as an official candidate. Vokey expects the process to credential Ottenheimer’s nomination papers will take at least a day or two.
The deadline for nominations is July 7.