Premier Tom Marshall set a date Friday for the St. George's-Stephenville East byelection, calling for an Aug. 26 vote.

The seat in St. George's-Stephenville East was left vacant in early June when Joan Shea, who was first elected in the Tory sweep of 2003, retired from politics.

All candidates are in place for the byelection. Teacher and school administrator Wally Childs is the Progressive Conservative candidate, community activist Bernice Hancock is representing the NDP, and Memorial University instructor and former political aide Scott Reid is running for the Liberals.

Meanwhile, the government on Thursday made a spending announcement for the district, through a marketing initiative for the Stephenville Airport Corp.

The provincial government and the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency are splitting the cost of the $99,000 project.