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McCurdy running in St. John’s West


New Democrat Leader Earle McCurdy will run against two political heavyweights in the district of St. John’s West.

McCurdy said he believes that the NDP’s issues about better health care and schools, and opposing privatization, will resonate with people in the district.

St. John’s West is currently held by Tory cabinet minister Dan Crummell, and former MP Siobhan Coady is running in that district for the Liberals.

McCurdy said former leader Lorraine Michael offered to step aside and run in what is potentially a safer seat, but he said that as leader, he wants to set an example by putting up a tough fight and attempting to grow the party’s presence in the House of Assembly.

McCurdy was elected as party leader earlier this year when Michael stepped aside, after years of controversy following a messy caucus revolt.

In the past few months, Premier Paul Davis has also spearheaded a process of reducing the number of seats in the House of Assembly, which has led to quite a few potentially tight races, as sitting MHAs and aspiring politicians jostle for position in a game of political musical chairs.

McCurdy said he believes that the NDP’s issues about better health care and schools, and opposing privatization, will resonate with people in the district.

St. John’s West is currently held by Tory cabinet minister Dan Crummell, and former MP Siobhan Coady is running in that district for the Liberals.

McCurdy said former leader Lorraine Michael offered to step aside and run in what is potentially a safer seat, but he said that as leader, he wants to set an example by putting up a tough fight and attempting to grow the party’s presence in the House of Assembly.

McCurdy was elected as party leader earlier this year when Michael stepped aside, after years of controversy following a messy caucus revolt.

In the past few months, Premier Paul Davis has also spearheaded a process of reducing the number of seats in the House of Assembly, which has led to quite a few potentially tight races, as sitting MHAs and aspiring politicians jostle for position in a game of political musical chairs.

NDP Leader Earl McCurdy greets his supporters at an event this morning where he announced his candidacy in St. John's West in the next provincial election. — Photo by Keith Gosse/The Telegram

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