The fight to represent the Liberal Party in the district of Signal Hill-Quidi Vidi is getting crowded.
Yesterday, former St, John’s East Liberal M.P. Bonnie Hickey made her candidacy official. She has filed her nomination papers following months of deliberation and gauging support. Hickey has lived outside the province for most of the last ten years and is staging a political comeback.
Two other individuals have announced their intentions.
Former NLTA President (2009-13) and retired teacher Sean Noah, B.A., B.Ed., M.Ed. has been knocking on doors and passing out campaign literature for a few weeks.
Perennial municipal and provincial candidate, Simon Lono was the first person to announce his intention to seek the nod. Of the three Lono is the only one to currently serve on the provincial district association. He is also the Federal Riding President for St. John’s East. The former Liberal staffer has a strong grassroot organization that has been actively canvasing for support. Lono resides in the historic Georgetown neighborhood and is a vociferous advocate on health care issues.
There are at least two other viable candidates that are considering the nomination and will make their intentions known when the call is made.
The Liberal Party’s internal polling appears to be showing that the NDP bastion in the East End of St. John’s is ripe for change.
The leader of the NDP has represented the district in the House of Assembly since 1990. Lorraine Michael captured 65.28% in the 2011 general election. The Liberals placed third with just 3.49% or 171 votes.
This is a seat that has never voted Liberal. Although, Pete Soucy nearly snatched it from Jack Harris in the 1999 election.