Nfld. & Labrador

Liberals lose second candidate

The Liberal Party of Newfoundland and Labrador has lost a second candidate in the upcoming provincial election.

Former south coast candidate says family and work are more important right now

The Liberal Party of Newfoundland and Labrador has lost a second candidate in the upcoming provincial election.

Ken Carter has told the party that he won't be running in the south coast district of Fortune Bay–Cape La Hune.

Carter is the second Liberal Party candidate to change his mind about running in the Oct. 11 provincial election.

In mid-August former Liberal Party candidate John Baird said he was dropping out because he does not have confidence in the party’s new leader Kevin Aylward.

"[He] does not represent the progressive vision for the Liberal Party that attracted me to seek the nomination," wrote Baird in an email to CBC News.

Baird ran unsuccessfully for the Liberal Party in a byelection in the Terra Nova district, of eastern Newfoundland, in 2009.

Carter told CBC News that his decision to step down has nothing to do with party leadership and he fully supports Aylward.

Carter lives in the St. John's area but was expected to run in a district on the island's south coast.

Carter says the time commitment required to run an effective campaign put too much strain on his young family and job. 

He said he's asked to work behind the scenes for the Liberals during the campaign.

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