Olympic curling champion Jamie Korab confirmed on Monday that he will run as a Liberal candidate in Jerome Kennedy's former district, but not without competition.

Korab announced that he is seeking nomination in the upcoming byelection in Carbonear-Harbour Grace.

Former Harbour Grace mayor Don Coombs has also said he will be looking to run for the Liberal party, despite earlier reports which indicated that he was interested in running for the Progressive Conservative party.

Korab said he was approached by a number of people inside the party to seek the nomination.

"I like the direction that the Liberal party is going, where they stand, and again, the time was right for me, the opportunity came up and I took a hold of it," Korab said. 

Korab said it will be a close race, as both men are from Harbour Grace.

"I wish him (Coombs) all the best of luck. At the end of the day, the best person will come out on top and I obviously hope that that's me."

The byelection is needed to replace former cabinet minister Kennedy, who resigned last week from his role as MHA and finance minister. 

Kennedy's executive assistant, Jack Harrington, is seeking the PC nomination.

Natural Resources Minister Tom Marshall has assumed Kennedy's duties as finance minister.