Here are the candidates running in Cardigan
Liberals have held Cardigan for over 30 years — the last non-Liberal MP was Pat Binns in the '80s
This riding represents almost all of Kings County, stretching from Tracadie Bay and Scotchfort to East Point, from Souris down to Murray Harbour. Point Prim, Stratford and everywhere in between.
Liberal MP Lawrence MacAulay has held this riding for the Liberals for 31 years with it's last non-Liberal MP being Pat Binns back in the mid-'80s.
Five candidates are running in this riding and they're listed alphabetically by first name.
Christene Squires, Christian Heritage Party
Christene Squires was born in Baie Verte, N.L., and is running in Cardigan for the second time. She taught English in South Korea for several years before finally settling on P.E.I.
She's currently involved with the non-profit group Voice of the Martyrs Canada as well as Assisting Indigenous Missions and the P.E.I. Association for Newcomers to Canada.
Glen Beaton, Green Party
Glen Beaton is the mayor of the rural municipality of Alexandra and is father to Michele Beaton, the provincial MLA for Mermaid-Stratford.
Beaton has lived in the riding his entire life and is a former school teacher and director of parks and highway safety for the province. He's also been involved with Stratford Rotary, the local Lions Club and volunteered with the Pownal rink sports program.
Lawrence MacAulay, Liberal Party
St Peter's Bay native Lawrence MacAulay won his ninth consecutive election in 2015 and is currently the minister of veterans affairs and associate minister of national defence.
He's served many roles in parliament over the decades, including solicitor general of Canada, minister of labour among others. Prior to politics, MacAulay was a farmer and a businessman.
Lynne Thiele, New Democratic Party
Lynne Thiele is a social activist and retired teacher who recently ran for the provincial NDP in Stratford-Keppoch. She represents Kings County for the provincial NDP executive.
Thiele has also worked with the Council of Canadians and has written articles and letters to the editor in Island papers. She's currently writing a book on Esther Lowden, the founder of the Haviland Club in Charlottetown.
Wayne Phelan, Conservative Party
Wayne Phelan, of Stratford, is running for political office for the first time. He's fluent in English, French and Japanese and worked as a translator in Japan.
He also opened a Canadian pub in Oita, Japan before returning to P.E.I. to open an internet business and later, a home security business.