Former CTV correspondent Seamus O’Regan formally announced Monday morning that he’s entering politics, and planning to run for the Liberals in the riding of St. John’s South-Mount Pearl.
In a statement emailed to media, O’Regan confirmed the news that leaked out last week.
“This is where I’m from, and if I’m fortunate enough to represent a riding, this is where I want to be,” O’Regan said in the email.
Before the latest news leaked out, O’Regan was rumoured to be looking at a run in the riding of Toronto Centre, which held a byelection earlier this year.
St. John’s South-Mount Pearl is currently held by NDP MP Ryan Cleary, but it’s seen by political insiders as ripe for a potential Grit pickup in the 2015 general election.
O’Regan is reportedly a close friend of federal Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau.
He also has a background in politics before he went into journalism; O’Regan served as a senior policy advisory to then premier Brian Tobin, and executive assistant to then justice minister Ed Roberts.