Carbonear Mayor Sam Slade has been acclaimed as the Liberal nominee in an upcoming byelection in the district of Carbonear-Harbour Grace after Olympic gold medallist Jamie Korab cancelled plans to run.
The Liberal Party announced Tuesday morning that Slade was the party's nominee in the byelection, which was made necessary when former PC cabinet minister Jerome Kennedy quit politics last month.
Korab, a member of the Team Gushue curling rink that won gold at the 2006 Winter Olympics, had said just two weeks ago that he wanted to enter politics, and that he liked the direction the Liberals have been taking.
Korab, though, did not file papers by Monday's deadline.
A date for the byelection has not yet been set. Premier Kathy Dunderdale has said she will not do so until the Liberals select a leader next month.
Jack Harrington, a former aide to Kennedy, will represent the Tories in the race.