The entire Liberal caucus is attempting re-election. Two Independents hope to keep their seats. A new party gives voters a fourth choice. The NDP casts a small slate of new political faces. And the Tories are pushing the Crosbie name out in two St. John’s districts.
As the Newfoundland and Labrador election campaign officially gets underway, let’s take a look at candidates whose names will be on ballots this May.
As of Wednesday afternoon, the Liberals have secured a candidate for each race in the upcoming provincial election.
The PCs inch closer to a full slate with a promise to have a candidate in all 40 districts.
Meanwhile, the NDP will have just one more candidate by Thursday than the province’s fourth — and newest — party, NL Alliance.
The NL Alliance was founded last November by Graydon Pelley, the former president of the Progressive Conservative party.
Below is a list of each district and the candidates that have so far been nominated for each party.
Baie Verte – Green Bay
- Liberal: Brian Warr — Incumbent
- PC: Neville Robinson
- Liberal: Neil King — Incumbent
- PC: Craig Pardy
Burgeo – La Poile
- Liberal: Andrew Parsons — Incumbent
Burin – Grand Bank
- Liberal: Carol Anne Haley — Incumbent
Cape St. Francis
- Liberal: Michael Duffy
- PC: Kevin Parsons — Incumbent
Carbonear – Trinity – Bay de Verde
- Liberal: Steve Crocker — Incumbent
- PC: Jason Oliver
Cartwright – L’Anse au Clair
- Liberal: Lisa Dempster — Incumbent
Conception Bay East – Bell Island
- Liberal: Cyril Hayden
- PC: David Brazil — Incumbent
Conception Bay South
- Liberal: Kevin Baker
- PC: Barry Petten — Incumbent
- Independent: Wayne Bennett
- Liberal: Gerry Byrne — Incumbent
- Independent: Gloria Cooper
- Liberal: Jerry Dean — Incumbent
- PC: Pleaman Forsey
- Liberal: Janice Ryan
- PC: *Two people are vying for nomination
Tory Keith Hutchings has held the seat since 2007, but has decided not to seek re-election.
Fogo Island – Cape Freels
- Liberal: Derrick Bragg — Incumbent
Fortune Bay – Cape La Hune
- Liberal: Elvis Loveless
PC Tracey Perry has held the seat for 12 years but has not confirmed whether she is seeking re-election.
- Liberal: John Haggie — Incumbent
- PC: Ryan Wagg
Grand Falls-Windsor – Buchans
- Liberal: Al Hawkins — Incumbent
- PC: Chris Tibbs
Harbour Grace – Port de Grave
- Liberal: Pam Parsons — Incumbent
- PC: Glenn Littlejohn
Glenn Littlejohn sat in the House of Assembly from 2011 to 2015, until he was defeated by Parsons.
- Liberal: Betty Parsley — Incumbent
- NL Alliance: Mike Cooze
- PC: * Four people are vying for the nomination
After close of nominations today at 12:00pm in the districts of Harbour-Main and St. George’s-Humber, the NL Alliance Executive is pleased to announce the following candidates in the upcoming general election: Mike Cooze and Shane Snook <a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/nlpoli?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>#nlpoli</a> <a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/workingtogetherforchange?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>#workingtogetherforchange</a> <a href=”https://t.co/UAFR0iwNU4″>pic.twitter.com/UAFR0iwNU4</a>
Humber – Bay of Islands
- Independent: Eddie Joyce — Incumbent
- Liberal: Brian Dicks
Humber – Gros Morne
- Liberal: Dwight Ball — Incumbent
- Liberal: Graham Letto — Incumbent
- NDP: Jordan Brown
- Liberal: Perry Trimper — Incumbent
- PC: Shannon Tobin
Lewisporte – Twillingate
- Liberal: Derek Bennett — Incumbent
Mount Pearl – Southlands
- Independent: Paul Lane — Incumbent
- Liberal: Hasan Hai
- PC: Gillian Pearson
Mount Pearl North
- Liberal: Nicole Kieley
- NL Alliance: *William Neville (being declared a candidate at 3 p.m. NT Wednesday)
- PC: Jim Lester — Incumbent
Nicole Kieley faced Jim Lester in a byelection on Nov. 21, 2017, when she ran for the NDP.
- Liberal: Sarah Stoodley
- NL Alliance: Graydon Pelley
- PC: Lloyd Power
The district of Mount Scio has most recently been held by NDP-turned-Liberal-turned-Independent Dale Kirby, who has not yet indicated if he will seek re-election.
Placentia – St. Mary’s
- Liberal: Sherry Gambin-Walsh — Incumbent
- PC: Hilda Whalen
Placentia West – Bellevue
- Liberal: Mark Browne — Incumbent
St. Barbe – L’Anse aux Meadows
- Liberal: Christopher Mitchelmore — Incumbent
St. George’s – Humber
- Liberal: Scott Reid — Incumbent
- NL Alliance: Shane Snook
- PC: *Two people are vying for nomination
St. John’s Centre
- Liberal: Seamus O’Keefe
- NDP: Jim Dinn
- PC: Jonathan Galgay
Former NDP leader Gerry Rogers represented the district of St. John’s Centre since 2011 when she defeated longtime Tory Shawn Skinner with 54 per cent of the vote. This race includes three familiar faces who are new to provincial politics.
St. John’s East – Quidi Vidi
- Liberal: George Murphy
- NDP: *Alison Coffin (not yet declared)
Long held by former NDP leader Lorraine Michael, the New Democrats’ new leader, Alison Coffin, hopes to keep the district orange. George Murphy is no stranger to politics, having served as an MHA under the NDP. Before that, he was a Liberal.
St. John’s West
- Liberal: Siobhan Coady — Incumbent
- PC: Shane Skinner
- NDP: Brenda Walsh
Stephenville – Port au Port
- Liberal: John Finn — Incumbent
- PC: Tony Wakeham
Tony Wakeham unsuccessfully challenged Tory leader Ches Crosbie for the PC leadership in 2018.
- Liberal: Colin Holloway — Incumbent
- PC: Lloyd Parrott
Topsail – Paradise
- Liberal: Patricia Hynes-Coates
- PC: Paul Dinn — Incumbent
Patricia Hynes-Coates and Paul Dinn will be used to battling each other in the district of Topsail-Paradise, having just come off a byelection earlier this year. The vote was triggered after former Tory leader Paul Davis stepped away from politics.
- Liberal: Randy Edmunds — Incumbent
Virginia Waters – Pleasantville
- Liberal: Bernard Davis — Incumbent
- NDP: Jenn Deon
- PC: Beth Crosbie
- Liberal: Tom Osborne — Incumbent
- Liberal: Bob Osborne
- PC: Ches Crosbie — Incumbent